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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.

Disability discrimination: practical Acas guide including key points for the workplace

Under the Equality Act 2010 it is illegal to discriminate against an employee because they have a disability (either mental or physical), are perceived to have a disability or because of their association with someone who is disabled. A disability is classed as any physical or mental impairment which has a substantially adverse and long-term effect on an employee's ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities, such as using a telephone or computer or following instructions.

There are four main types of discrimination:

  • direct discrimination
  • indirect discrimination
  • harassment
  • victimisation

As an employer you should have rules in place to prevent disability discrimination.

Acas have produced a range of resources for employers including a detailed guide to disability discrimination in the workplace. The Disability discrimination - key points for the workplace guide gives up to date information for employers on all aspects of disability discrimination including what it is, how and where it can happen and what you should do if an employee raises a complaint.

Download the Disability discrimination - key points for the workplace guide from the Acas website.

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