Employees

The success or failure of a business can often rest in the hands of its most valuable asset – its people. But managing them can be a challenge.

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Employees - overview

The success or failure of a business can often rest in the hands of its most valuable asset – its people. But managing them can be a challenge.

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People management - overview

A business’s most important asset is its people. If your business is to succeed, you’re going to have to get the best out of your employees.

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Hiring employees - overview

Recruiting is a big step for all small businesses. Only take on staff if there's a genuine business need and other options aren't viable.

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Employment rights - overview

Employment law is designed to safeguard employee rights, but it also removes ambiguity about what's expected of both parties, so get it right.

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Rights for working parents and carers

Our overview of maternity, paternity, adoption and parental rights, including leave surrounding a birth or adoption, pay and time off for child care.

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Sickness issues and SSP

Businesses lose a lot of money through employee sickness. Read our guide to your obligations to ill employees and how to manage unauthorised absence.

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The law on flexible working

Almost all employees with at least 26 weeks’ service have the right to ask for flexible working. Advice on how to consider flexible working requests.

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Recruitment

How to recruit effectively - our guide to understanding what you need, attracting candidates and assessing their skills, experience and attitude.

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Q&A: Staff grievances

It is all too easy for staff grievances to escalate. Find out what process and procedures you should follow to address any staff grievances correctly.

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Q&A: Dismissing employees

Solicitor Helen Kay answers key legal questions about sacking staff including notice periods and how to use ACAS guidance to help you.

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Taking the angst out of auto-enrolment

Small business owners are having to face up to the legal requirement to enrol employees into a workplace pension. Rachel Miller explores the options.