SME BUSINESS TIPS
●● 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