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The small business legal advice section provides in-depth guides and features on tax, company and employment law for UK SMEs and sole traders.

Need to know: Health & safety

Health and safety is about preventing people from being harmed at work or becoming ill through work, the law states that we must not put ourselves; other workers or the public in danger and this applies to all businesses of all sizes.

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Data Protection Act

The Data Protection Act (1998) covers personal data (including audio and video) which identifies living, individual persons. It covers information held about customers and employees on both paper-based records and on a computer.

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Cutting staff hours

We have just bought a small shop and Post Office, the shop employs three staff members, which we have inherited. The owners previous to us were not in good health, which is why they had more staff than we actually need and more than the business can sustain. Is there any way we could cut their hours by law, or to even get rid of them altogether? None of them have a written contract and all of them are 60+ in age.

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Maternity cover for your business

If you decide to get help to run your business while you're on maternity leave, even part time, it is important to have a short-term maternity cover agreement in place and allow ample time for training and a handover.

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Prepare for age discrimination laws

Getting to grips with the minefield that is age discrimination is a perennial problem for small businesses, but CEOs ignore these issues at their peril. According to research from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, six out of ten workers have experienced discrimination on account of their age, believing they have missed out on jobs or promotions. Legal recourse can be lurking around the corner if you’re not careful.

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Improve your health & safety performance

Help is at hand for small and medium-sized companies who struggle to find the time to review and improve their health and safety performance. Findings from a survey commissioned by businesslink.gov.uk revealed...

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Understanding health and safety: the laws explained

This factsheet explains the main steps you must take to ensure your business complies with health and safety regulations.

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Top 10 Legal Tips

Running a business will present you with many unexpected legal considerations; smallbusiness.co.uk's Top Ten Legal Tips help to guide you through the potential legislative minefield.

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Ensure you set your payment terms

Small firms should clarify terms of business with their large customers from the outset of their trading relationship according to Clive Lewis, chairman of the Better Payment Practice Group (BPPG) - a service providing free advice on credit management.

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Holiday pay for sick workers worries employers

A recent employment appeal tribunal ruling on holiday pay for employees on long-term sick leave could have serious implications for small businesses by potentially driving up costs.

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Set out clear guidelines for dealing with problem employees

Whilst running a business you may come across difficult employees. When you do it is essential to have an internal disciplinary procedure in place to deal with the problem and so avoid being taken to a tribunal, says employment consultant Jim Brown.

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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?