Update On Start Up Hiring Toolkit

Posted on 24th April 2013

The Government has updated its interactive online toolkit, launched last year, which provides employers with help when taking on their first employee.

The “Employing Staff for the First Time” toolkit helps potential employers through the process of hiring their first member of staff and sets out the relevant legal requirements.

The toolkit includes information on setting pay, including paying at least the National Minimum Wage, which has recently been raised, as well as checking a new employee’s legal right to work in the UK, which can be done by checking whether the employee has a UK passport.

If they do not, further checks need to be made as to whether the employee is a British citizen or from the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, the Republic of Ireland, Switzerland or any country in the European Union or the European Economic Area.

The toolkit also points out that the new employer will need to get the right employers’ liability insurance, which must cover them for at least £5m and come from an ‘authorised insurer’.

Once a job offer has been made, the employer must send details of the job, including terms and condition to the employee plus a written statement of employment particulars, if they will be employed for longer than a month.

The toolkit also explains that an entrepreneur with a new business must register with HM Revenue & Customs up to four weeks before they pay the new employee.

They must also give the employee a pay statement showing deductions which have been made for things like tax, National Insurance and student loan repayments.

Meanwhile, ACAS has launched six new step-by-step guides to help small businesses make sure they comply with the law when hiring staff, managing people and dealing with complaints at work.

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