Here is a quick reminder for those new to employing people or thinking of taking on their first team members. These eight points are the minimum statutory duties for employers.
- Pay – An obvious point but your employees must be paid at least the national minimum wage.
- Itemised Pay slip – all employees and workers are entitled to a payslip which details all pay and any deductions.
- Eligible employees should receive statutory payments including sick pay, maternity pay, redundancy pay, paternity pay, shared parental leave, and adoption pay.
- Provide a cleans and safe environment for employees to work in. This includes providing access to first aid equipment, fresh drinking water, toilet facilities, protective clothing etc
- Rest Breaks. These should be a minimum of 20 minutes for each 6 hours worked.
- Keep to a maximum 48 hour working week (unless they have opted out in writing).
- Provide paid holiday each year (amount depends on hours worked)
- Provide adequate notice period for the length of employment.
In addition to the basic statutory requirements it is a great employer who also becomes aware their duties under the following areas:
- Risk assessments under Health and Safety legislation.
- Equality act and preventing discrimination.
- Pay and deductions and your responsibilities for tax, national insurance, student loans, pensions etc
- Data protection
It may sound like a lot to learn, however understanding these areas will help protect your business from costly litigation and help you manage your people fairly and responsibly.
Being a considerate and fair employer can only serve to improve your reputation and help you to attract and retain talent.
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