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Practical advice for business
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Create a written statement of employment

Use our interactive tool to create a document including everything you have to give your new employee in writing

Employment status

Understand employment status and how to check the status of different workers, employees, contractors and directors

Make a job offer and pre-employment checks

Making a job offer and conducting checks, eg references, health checks, applying for a criminal records check

The employment contract

Understanding the basic elements of a contract of employment as required by law

Change an employee's terms of employment

What to consider when changing an employee's contract, including your legal obligations and employee consultations

Understanding fixed-term employment contracts

Meet your legal obligations to fixed-term employees by understanding employment rules

Continuous employment and employee rights

What continuous employment is, when it begins and ends, periods of interruption in employment and dismissal issues

Set yourself up as an employer

The steps you need to take in order to register as an employer

Keep the right staff records

Maintain staff records for business benefits and legal obligations

Comply with data protection legislation

The correct use of personal information under the Data Protection Act 1998




Employing people


Recruitment and getting started


Employing different types of worker

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Paying your staff


National minimum wage law


Pension schemes


Setting the rules


Working time and time off


Equal opportunities and diversity


Work and families


Health, safety and working environment


Employee representatives and trade unions


Organisational change


Skills and training




Dismissals, redundancies and other exits


Disciplinary problems, disputes and grievances