HR BLOG: The ultimate Human Resources checklist

THINKING about employing people to help your business grow? Don’t know what being an employer requires? Wondering how you’ll keep up with ever-changing employment law? 

As a new business, taking the step of employing people can be daunting. Alison Schreiber, Director of “The HR Dept – Durham & Darlington” explores what needs to be done…

As a new employer, you MUST:

  • Register with HMRC as an employer at least 4 weeks before you start paying staff.
  • Ensure you have Employer’s Liability Insurance – you can be fined £2,500 per day for not being properly insured.
  • Ensure you check that anyone you employ is eligible to work in the UK –companies employing illegal immigrants can be fined up to £20k per employee!
  • Make sure you know what the National Minimum Wage is for your employees.
  • Ensure you know the employment status of anyone you take on – there are established checks you can apply to see if someone is an employee, a worker or self-employed. Beware – the criteria can be different from tax and employment perspectives!
  • If your company’s work requires it, ensure DBS (formerly CRB) checks are completed.
  • Provide a written statement of employment particulars or employment contract within 8 weeks of starting work to anyone you employ for a month or more.
  • Ensure you know when you need to implement pension auto-enrolment. This applies even if you only employ one person!

If you want the best from your employees as you are starting to grow, some other things you SHOULD do:

  • Make sure you are clear about what each job is – the benefit it provides versus the cost to your business.
  • Make sure the right person is recruited to that job – defining what skills are required, advertising in the right places and having a sound selection process.
  • Make sure expectations of the job are clear to that person. Engage them by showing them how they contribute to the company vision.
  • Ensure policies are clear to all employees.
  • Keep proper records – for example, absence, holidays and timekeeping.
  • Review performance and give feedback (positive and negative) regularly.
  • Ensure each employee develops to their full potential to benefit both them and your company.

If you do it in the right way, being an employer can be the key to making a success of your business.

The HR Dept is a franchised business covering the whole of the UK.  Alison Schreiber covers the Durham and Darlington region and surrounding area.  They provide outsourced HR support which includes:

  • HR Advice Line – for advice on your people issues as often as you need it, including tribunal indemnity insurance for peace of mind.
  • Employment contracts, policies and handbooks.
  • Payroll services.
  • Auto-enrolment (pension).
  • Job descriptions and candidate profiles.
  • Recruitment support, including advertising, interviewing and reference checking.
  • Training – ranging from HR Admin to Interviewing Skills, Management Skills and more.
  • An online HR system to help monitor holidays, absences and so on.
  • DBS checks

Don’t make a headache for yourself, get some support…..!

For more info, visit HR Dept Durham and Darlington.