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Establishing a successful recruitment process and clear written employment contracts for new employees can have a major impact on your business.

Every business needs to be aware of its obligations under minimum wage and equal pay laws, as well as recent pensions auto-enrolment changes.

You must comply with legal restrictions on employees' working hours and time off, or risk claims, enforcement action and even prosecution.

The right employment policies are an essential part of effective staff management. Make sure any policy is clear and well communicated to employees.

While sick employees need to be treated fairly, you need to ensure that 'sickness' is not being used as cover for unauthorised absence.

Most pregnant employees are entitled to maternity leave and maternity pay, while new fathers are entitled to paternity leave and paternity pay.

As well as undermining morale, illegal discrimination can lead to workplace grievances. Employee discrimination is covered by the Equality Act 2010.

Home, remote and lone workers are becoming increasingly commonplace. Key issues include communication and how to manage and motivate people remotely.

The right approach to consulting with and providing information to your employees can improve employee motivation and performance.

Disciplinary and grievance issues can be a major burden to employers. Putting in place and following the right procedures is essential.

Following the right dismissal and redundancy procedures helps protect your business and minimise the risk of a legal dispute at tribunal.

Employment tribunal claims are a worrying prospect for any employer. A tribunal case is a no-win situation – even if the claim is unjustified.

As well as undermining morale, illegal discrimination can lead to workplace grievances. Employee discrimination is covered by the Equality Act 2010.

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Discriminating against employees on any grounds other than their ability to do the job is a bad idea. Our guide to workplace discrimination.
Frequently asked questions on workplace discrimination, including your responsibilities to treat people equally and make reasonable adjustments.
It is unlawful for an employer to discriminate on grounds of age when recruiting, promoting, training or providing any other benefit to employees.
Serious questions have been asked after a TV celebrity was pressured into labelling himself as bisexual. Kirsten Cluer discusses the implications.
Every business has a legal responsibility to make sure their disabled customers aren't put at a disadvantage. What does this mean in practice?
Quick guide for employers on what amounts to a disability and what they have to do if they have a disabled employee or job applicant.
Disability discrimination: key points for the workplace - up to date guidance on what it is, ensuring you fulfil obligations, handling complaints
Disability discrimination - a handy 10-point checklist outlining key obligations employers have in this area
Employers granting one flexible working request but not another need to beware of discrimination claims. Find out how to avoid the pitfalls.
How to avoid illegal age discrimination in the workplace, including possible issues with both younger and older employees - read our helpful FAQs

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