Hiring a new employee: the checklist

On top of everything else to think about when hiring employees, there is also a legal checklist to complete. This doesn’t need to be overly complicated, if you stick to the below and tick them off it can be done in no time. 

Here is the six point checklist:

1. Keep to the minimum wage

When deciding how much you are going to pay a new employee, it is best practice to benchmark against the average salary in the market for similar roles. Legally, you must pay employee at least the national minimum wage.

2. Check they are legally able to work in the UK

Amongst the other checks you are likely to take during the hiring process, establishing whether a potential employee can legally work in the UK is crucial. 

3. If necessary apply for a DBS check

Another check you may need to carry out is a DBS check (you may know this by its former name CRB check). Dependant on the field your small business deals with will depend on whether this needs to carried out. Check Gov.uk for more information.

4. Get Employers Liability Insurance

Compulsory by law, Employers’ Liability Insurance provides cover for unforeseen legal and compensation cost, if a staff member, believing their work has caused them injury or made them ill, sues you.

5. Send your employee a statement

You will probably do this anyway with a contract, but it is a legal requirement to send a written statement of employment to an employee. This will include details of the job, hours of work, holiday entitlement, details of pay, as well as other information.

6. Register with HMRC

To become an official employer, you need to register as an employer. You can do this by filling out a simple form online here. Remember this must be completed before you begin paying new staff.

Source: Gov.uk

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