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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.

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June 2022

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A new poll has found that self-employed workers are less stressed and more confident about their own prospects as they anticipate a significant rise in day rates over the next 12 months.

A new HMRC study has found that while awareness of Making Tax Digital is fairly high among VAT-registered firms, there is widespread confusion about specific requirements and many businesses don't think the rules apply to them.

A poll of small firms in the UK has found that there is widespread evidence that consumers are showing more support for independent shops and businesses as UK trading conditions worsen.

The Small Business Commissioner has joined an alliance of 16 leading UK business groups in a drive for faster payments to support small firms as the cost of doing business bites.

A new survey reveals that if small businesses unlocked the full benefits of tech it would add an extra £232 billion to the UK economy

A new survey has found that 61% of start-up business owners say they won't use the services of an accountant to file tax returns in a bid to save money.

A poll of small business owners has found that seven in ten firms with growth plans say they won't be able to achieve their objectives without an injection of finance.