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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.

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

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Under a settlement agreement, a compensation payment is typically given to the employee in return for the employee agreeing not to make any claims against the employer.
Sooner or later, every business with employees will experience turnover. Use our handy checklist to make sure the exit period is handled well.
Read our frequently asked questions about making employees redundant, including what procedures to follow and alternatives to consider.
A shift in the economic climate, merger or move to a new location can all make redundancies inevitable. Our overview of how to manage redundancies.
Writing a reference for an ex-employee can land you in legal hot water. Understand your rights and obligations when providing references.
There will automatically be a finding of unfair dismissal against you, if you sack an employee or select them for redundancy for any of these reasons.
FAQs people ask about dismissing employees, including disciplinary procedures and what to do about claims of constructive or wrongful dismissal.
If you are made redundant, you may be entitled to redundancy pay. We explain your rights to statutory and contractual pay.
Firing employees can be a risky business. Lawyer Andrew Gray explains why some staff are more likely to legally challenge your decision to sack them.
If you have to make redundancies follow the correct procedure to stay fair and legal – a step-by-step guide by Acas can help you get it right
Giving references - answers to common questions about what references you must give employees and the possible consequences
Giving references can be tricky especially if you and your employee parted ways on bad terms. Give the right reference to avoid an employment tribunal
If you need to cut costs, you don’t always need to make redundancies. We list some ways you can cut your costs, not your workforce.
If your workers' leisure activities create problems with other colleagues or could potentially damage your business' reputation – what can you do?
From reclaiming your business' property to ensuring your confidential information is kept secret, you must make sure that everything you do is legal.

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