Employing Staff for The First Time

There are rules and regulations that you must be aware of when you begin employing staff for the first time. The following points are from HMRC’s guidance which sets out some important issues you should be aware of when becoming an employer;

  1. Deciding how much to pay someone – you must pay your employee at least the National Minimum Wage.
  2. Check if someone has the right to work in the UK. You may also have to do other employment checks too.
  3. Check if you need to apply for a DBS check if you work somewhere that requires one, for example, with children.
  4. Get employment insurance – you need employers’ liability insurance as soon as you become an employer.
  5. Send details of the job in writing to your employee. You need to give your employee a written statement of employment if you’re employing them for longer than 1 month.
  6. Ensure that you register as an employer with HMRC. You can do this up to 4 weeks before you pay your new staff. This process must also be completed by directors of a limited company who employ themselves to work in the company.
  7. Check if you need to automatically enrol your staff into a workplace pension scheme.

When it comes to paying your staff, you generally have the choice between using a payroll provider or running your payroll yourself. If you decide to run your own payroll you must chose a suitable payroll software.

Posted by Cassey Nixon on

29th November 2019


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