SME BUSI­NESS TIPS

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●● TOP Tips For em­ploy­ing staff mem­bers by Ross Gandy of URICA:

EM­PLOY­ING staff mem­bers can be a daunting and some­times over­whelm­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for SMEs. To avoid costly and time-con­sum­ing work­place dis­putes and em­ploy­ment tri­bunal claims, fol­low th­ese prac­ti­cal steps.

1. Writ­ten con­tracts of em­ploy­ment

All em­ploy­ees are en­ti­tled to a writ­ten state­ment of em­ploy­ment par­tic­u­lars (a con­tract) within two months of start­ing work. Also is­sue a staff hand­book which is tailored to your or­gan­i­sa­tion which will form part of the em­ployee’s con­tract by pro­vid­ing clear guid­ance on the or­gan­i­sa­tions poli­cies and pro­ce­dures. Al­ways en­sure that you keep both doc­u­ments up-to-date and re­mem­ber, you can only change the terms of a con­tract if you have re­served the right to do so, or with your em­ployee’s agree­ment or con­sent. If you change an em­ployee’s con­tract, put this in writ­ing and ask them to ac­knowl­edge the change by sign­ing a con­tract vari­a­tion let­ter.

Al­ways ob­tain proof of ID, check ref­er­ences, re­quest med­i­cal re­ports if you have any con­cerns, com­plete DBS checks if re­quired, and ask to see proof of qual­i­fi­ca­tions and driv­ing li­cence if ap­pro­pri­ate to the job. Also check el­i­gi­bil­ity to work in the UK when­ever you take on a new em­ployee – the fine for not do­ing so is £10,000 per em­ployee who is not en­ti­tled to work in the UK and you could face two years in prison.

To read th­ese tips in full, visit www.SMEClub Manch­ester.com.

●● Ross Gandy

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