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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.

The right employment policies are an essential part of effective staff management. Make sure any policy is clear and well communicated to employees.

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Online social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter have moved into the business mainstream - but the law isn't always clear.
A well-thought-out internet policy can stop employees wasting time online, downloading viruses and endangering data security. How to introduce one.
An email policy sets out how employees can use email and any monitoring you intend to do. Here's how to formulate a clear policy.
Failure to provide staff with certain training and information can have expensive consequences. Here's what you need to know.
Make sure everyone gets a chance to enjoy the festivities this year. Tips to make sure your workplace Christmas celebration goes with a swing.
Nine babies are stillborn every day in the UK. If an employee lost a child, what would you do? Kirsten Cluer explores the Bereavement (Pay and Leave) Act.
Instead of protecting trade secrets, NDAs are now frequently used to silence employees - but the tide is turning. Upcoming changes to be aware of.
Rules on dress codes and sex discrimination – what you need to know, almost year after the government guidance was published.
A recent European Court of Justice ruling on headscarves at work has shed new light on discrimination and office dress codes. Jane Crosby explains.
Workplace policies can save you a lot of time and effort and can help avoid misunderstandings or more serious employee disputes.
A code of conduct should spell out acceptable behaviour in your workplace, as well as giving you a reference should problems arise in the future.
Read our checklist on creating a workplace email policy, establishing security procedures and letting your employees know what's expected of them.