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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.

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

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It's essential to get your remuneration packages right to attract and retain reliable employees with the skills your business needs. Our guide.
A good pension scheme can be an invaluable benefit for attracting and retaining key senior staff. Our guide to the options available.
Every business must now enrol their employees in an occupational pension scheme. Read our guide to the law and how to fulfil your duties.
To work out how much income you are likely to receive from your pension, visit the Money Advice Service website for a pension forecast.
Want to know your obligations when it comes to equal pay for your employees, including disputes and tricky issues? Read our useful FAQs.
What you need to do to avoid an equal pay claim and make sure your pay scheme is equal and fair for women and men
20 FAQs people ask about the minimum wage - from the current rate to who is entitled and what hours, benefits and payments qualify.
Statutory pay rates increase each April and this year the lowest paid are to benefit from a bumper pay rise.
The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) offers help and advice to small firms complying with auto-enrolment workplace pension laws.
As of 1 October 2015, the annual round of National Minimum Wage (NMW) increases came into effect. This is not the same as the 'living wage'.
Business groups have reacted angrily to an Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) judgment that could mean the holiday pay of millions of UK workers will need to include overtime. Currently, holiday pay is based on basic pay.
Find out how the pension auto-enrolment rules affect your business. Answers to common questions about your obligations as an employer.
CSOPs can be set up by any independent company, irrespective of size, and can provide benefits to all employees, or selected employees only.
In savings-related share option schemes, employees are granted options over ordinary shares in the company’s share capital, to be exercised later.
EMI schemes are designed to help small, higher risk companies recruit and retain employees by offering them tax-beneficial share options.

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