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Employing & managing staff

The latest guides on employing and managing full or part time staff effectively as a small business owner or sole trader. Contains advice on employment law, health and safety at work, recruitment, training, redundancy and disciplinary information, employee rights, workplace regulations, and much more.

This section provides expert and in-depth advice articles on all aspects of staff management and human resources legislation. Our aim is to help UK small businesses to hire great employees, manage them effectively and look after them properly.

Other key topics covered in this employing staff section include team management, employee motivation, legal rights and responsibilities, managing absence, maternity pay and leave, taking on new staff, induction programmes, communication, workplace policies, flexible working, job descriptions, employment contracts and related information.

We also provide information on HR tools, templates and resources specially targeted at SMEs as well as suitable training courses and workshops that can help you get the best out of your staff to make a more efficient, more profitable, happy and productive company. Sounds good? Then read on…

Dismissing staff on long term sick leave

What should you do if you suspect one staff member is malingering? Deliberate work avoidance can affect your whole team’s morale, says Sue Temelty

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Hire slow, fire fast – building the right team

Nearly a quarter of businesses fail because they don’t have the right people in key positions. You shouldn’t be in a rush when it comes to hiring staff, says Mark Wright

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How do bank holidays affect statutory sick pay?

I have to make an employee redundant. She has been on long-term sick leave, has three years of service, and our annual leave policy is 22 days plus all English bank holidays. Must I pay her for bank holidays while she has been off?

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Employers urged to prioritise emotions in the workplace as they aim to fill ever growing vacancies

The people over at The Access Group tell us how prioritising emotions will help you retain and attract employees

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Holiday pay for laid-off workers

If a member of staff has been made redundant, are they still entitled to their holiday pay?

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Stealing clients

Is there anything I can do to prevent an employee from taking all my clients with her when she goes freelance?

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Flexible working from day one – what it means for SMEs

The Government is pressing ahead with a consultation to give everyone the right to request flexible working from the first day in a job

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Zero hours contracts advantages and disadvantages

In this article, we explore the advantages and disadvantages of zero hours contracts for you as an employer

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Zero hours contracts holiday entitlement and holiday pay

How do you calculate holiday entitlement and pay of someone on a zero hours contract? We clear up the confusion and help you get it right

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Zero hours contract template

In this article, we'll give you a run through of what you should be including in your zero hours contract template

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Zero hours contract rights

In our zero hours contracts series, we look at what rights your workers and employees have, such as the minimum wage and paid annual leave

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Zero hours contract redundancy

How do you go about redundancy for somebody who's on a zero hours contract?

Employing & managing staff

What the Equality Act means for employers

What is the Equality Act and how does it affect your business? Katie Maguire explains what the Act means for your small business

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Is an employee entitled to bereavement leave?

Is an employee entitled to bereavement leave if they are on a zero hours contract? What are your obligations as an employer?

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How to prepare for business growth in 2022

The team at Funding Options explain how to prepare for business growth in 2022

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Tide to empower small businesses to optimise cash flow with insights tool

Tide is introducing a Cashflow Insights tool to help small businesses mitigate delays in payment and improve their credit score

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Business Current Account Masterclass

Tune into the Masterclass from the Current Account Switch Service to find out why you should switch your business account pronto

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How should I select my business broadband provider?

As with any supplier, it’s important to do your research and ask important questions before you select a broadband provider for your business. But what are the must-have things you should take into consideration?