Considerations when becoming an employer

There are certain things you need to have in place as a minimum when you start employing staff.

Tax and payroll

If it is the first time you have employed someone you need to register with the HMRC in order to operate a PAYE payroll. We can advice you to ensure that you are aware of the requirements in relation to keeping appropriate records on your employees and on setting up a payroll system which is in line with HMRC requirements.

Pensions

We can help you identify what pension provisions you should have in place, and ensure that you are aware of changes which the pension reform have placed on Employers.

Record keeping and data protection

We can help you identify procedures that ensure that you comply with The Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) which applies to most personnel records, whether held in paper, microform, or computerised format. Under the DPA data must not be kept any longer than is necessary for a particular purpose.

Contracts of employment

We can provide you with bespoke contracts of employment for your employees as it is advisable to provide written contracts of employment which will detail dates of employment, how much they are paid, how much holiday they are entitled to etc.

Agency and temporary workers

We can advise on procuring temporary staff and the relevant obligations which apply iin these circumstances.

HR documentation

We can support you with ensuring that you comply with all of the legal requirements and offer you guidance and assistance in implementing the right policies, procedures and processes for your business. We can put together a staff handbook which supports your employment contracts and sets out your obligations for your employees, and their obligations to you.