Employment Law: What You Need to Know as a Small Business Owner – Huge numbers of people discovered new hobbies during the lockdown, and with restrictions continuing to ease across the UK some have decided to turn those passions into a new career.
These include being paid the national minimum wage, a minimum level of paid holiday, sufficient length of rest breaks, protection against unlawful discrimination and many more.
To ensure you and your staff are aware of what is expected, it could be worth collating all the information into an employee handbook.
When navigating unfamiliar territory like this, though, it can be beneficial to rely upon the support of employment law solicitors to ensure you are doing everything by the book.
All employees are also entitled to a written statement of their terms and conditions of employment, which is usually set out in their contract.
This must be provided on or before their first day of work and should include their job title, hours and days of work, salary and explain their entitlement to any paid leave such as holidays and sick pay.
If you want to be sure you’ve decided to hire the right person you can include details about a probationary period in their contract. This enables you to terminate their employment at shorter notice if things don’t work out.
The rights surrounding freelance workers are not as stringent as they are with contracted workers, but there are still many you should adhere to.
The primary points to focus on are paying them at least the minimum wage, following limits on working time and not exposing them to any health and safety issues.