Employment law

From pay, hours and time off to discipline, grievance and hiring and firing employees, find out about your legal responsibilities as an employer.

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Employment law - overview

From pay, hours and time off to discipline, grievance and hiring and firing employees, find out about your legal responsibilities as an employer.

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Sickness and sick pay - overview

While sick employees need to be treated fairly, you need to ensure that 'sickness' is not being used as cover for unauthorised absence.

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Discrimination - overview

As well as undermining morale, illegal discrimination can lead to workplace grievances. Employee discrimination is covered by the Equality Act 2010.

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Employment tribunals - overview

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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Discipline and grievance - overview

Disciplinary and grievance issues can be a major burden to employers. Putting in place and following the right procedures is essential.

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Pay and pensions - overview

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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Employment policies - overview

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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An internet policy for your employees

A well-thought-out internet policy can stop employees wasting time online, downloading viruses and endangering data security. How to introduce one.

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Communicating with employees

Poor communication can lead to misunderstandings, poor performance, low morale and wasted time. Learn to communicate well with employees.

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Comply with basic employment law

Employment law can be complex, but you must get it right, or face unhappy employees and potential legal claims. Our guide to the basic issues.

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Disciplinary issues FAQs

Answers to frequently asked questions on disciplining employees, including grounds for disciplinary action and what to do in specific circumstances.

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Discipline and grievance issues

Our guide to setting up good procedures that let you deal with disciplinary and grievance issues consistently and fairly.

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Discrimination

Discriminating against employees on any grounds other than their ability to do the job is a bad idea. Our guide to workplace discrimination.

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Dismissing employees

Dismissing an employee may be your best option if their performance is unacceptable, or their position no longer exists. Here are some simple rules.

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Employees who work from home

Extended flexible working rights and technology have made homeworking increasingly attractive. Here's how to support homeworking for your employees.

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Employment contracts

A clear and fair employment contract helps both you and your new employee understand your obligations to each other. Our overview of the key issues.

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Employment tribunals

All businesses should have clear, fair procedures to avoid disputes getting to tribunal, and to give them the best chance of success if one does.

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Equal pay FAQs

Want to know your obligations when it comes to equal pay for your employees, including disputes and tricky issues? Read our useful FAQs.

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Gross misconduct FAQs

Sacking an employee for gross misconduct can be tricky, and getting it wrong could lead to legal proceedings. Our FAQs explain your responsibilities.

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Homeworking and the law FAQs

Answers to FAQs about home workers, including your rights to require people to work from home or to refuse a home working request.

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Pensions for senior managers

A good pension scheme can be an invaluable benefit for attracting and retaining key senior staff. Our guide to the options available.

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Pensions for your employees

Every business will have to enrol their employees in an occupational pension before 2018. Read our guide to the law and how to fulfil your duties.

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Redundancy

A shift in the economic climate, merger or move to a new location can all make redundancies inevitable. Our overview of how to manage redundancies.

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Redundancy FAQs

Read our frequently asked questions about making employees redundant, including what procedures to follow and alternatives to consider.

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Remote working FAQs

Frequently asked questions on your responsibilities towards staff who work remotely, and the rights they have to act on behalf of your business.

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Remuneration

It's essential to get your remuneration packages right to attract and retain reliable employees with the skills your business needs. Our guide.

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Rights for working parents and carers

Our overview of maternity, paternity, adoption and parental rights, including leave surrounding a birth or adoption, pay and time off for child care.

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Sickness issues and SSP

Businesses lose a lot of money through employee sickness. Read our guide to your obligations to ill employees and how to manage unauthorised absence.

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The law on flexible working

Almost all employees with at least 26 weeks’ service have the right to ask for flexible working. Advice on how to consider flexible working requests.

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Working time FAQs

Answers to frequently asked questions about working time rules, including exceptions and what counts as time spent working.

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Working time regulations

Working time regulations safeguard employee health and safety. Our guide to holidays, breaks, night work and other working time employee rights.

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Avoiding age discrimination

It is unlawful for an employer to discriminate on grounds of age when recruiting, promoting, training or providing any other benefit to employees.

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Discrimination FAQs

Frequently asked questions on workplace discrimination, including your responsibilities to treat people equally and make reasonable adjustments.

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Dismissing employees FAQs

FAQs people ask about dismissing employees, including disciplinary procedures and what to do about claims of constructive or wrongful dismissal.

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Employment contracts FAQs

Not sure what your obligations are when it comes to employment contracts, or what to do if one is breached? Read our helpful FAQs.

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Employment tribunals FAQs

Facing a claim at an employment tribunal can be stressful and expensive. Find out answers to some of your frequently asked questions.

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Flexible working FAQs

FAQs about flexible working, including employee rights to request flexible working and your obligations when it comes to granting requests.

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Giving references

Writing a reference for an ex-employee can land you in legal hot water. Understand your rights and obligations when providing references.

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Grievance issues FAQs

Not sure what to do if an employee has filed a workplace grievance? Our FAQs answer some of your most common concerns about the law.

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Information and consultation FAQs

FAQs on your responsibilities to inform and consult with employees when you make business changes, if you have more than 50 employees.

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Managing pregnant employees FAQs

Frequently asked questions about how to manage pregnant employees in the workplace, and employee rights to maternity leave and pay

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The minimum wage FAQs

20 FAQs people ask about the minimum wage - from the current rate to who is entitled and what hours, benefits and payments qualify.

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Acas Model Workplace

The Acas Model Workplace helps you to check how good your organisation is at people management - from recruitment to performance management

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Age discrimination FAQs

How to avoid illegal age discrimination in the workplace, including possible issues with both younger and older employees - read our helpful FAQs

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Auto-enrolment FAQs

The new auto-enrolment rules can be confusing for small business owners - find out from our helpful FAQs what your obligations are.

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Create your auto-enrolment plan

Make sure your business is prepared for pensions auto-enrolment - use this tool to help you identify what you'll need to do to prepare.

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Dismissing employees: key facts

Always take advice before dismissing employees. They could bring one or a combination of three claims against you if you handle the dismissal badly.

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Flexible working

Most employees have the right to apply to you to work flexibly, provided that they have worked for you for at least 26 continuous weeks.

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Giving references FAQs

Giving references - answers to common questions about what references you must give employees and the possible consequences

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Hiring staff toolkit

This toolkit from Acas includes skills guidance, job application and employment contract templates and an employee induction checklist.

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Holidays FAQs

Answers to frequently asked questions about holiday issues including the rights of part-time workers and when you can refuse to grant leave.

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Keeping lone workers safe

You need to make sure you safeguard employees who work alone - here are the key steps to take to keep them safe, and keep you legal.

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Lone workers - an employer's guide

Read about your responsibilities for the safety and security of your employees if you employ lone workers in this employer's guide from the BSIA.

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Lone working - manage the risks

If you have employees that regularly work alone, or outside of normal working hours, you have responsibility for their health, safety and welfare. 

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Making redundancies

You may be able to avoid making redundancies at all. However, if it does become necessary you need to follow the right procedures - read our guide.

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Making redundancy a last resort

If you need to cut costs, you don’t always need to make redundancies. We list some ways you can cut your costs, not your workforce.

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Managing paternity leave and pay

Find out about your employee's entitlement to paternity leave, how much you should pay them and their obligations regarding their return to work.

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Online absence management tool

Access this free online absence management tool developed in partnership between the Health & Safety Executive, Acas and the CIPD.

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Parental leave

Any employee with at least one year’s service is entitled to take up to 18 weeks’ unpaid leave per child for the purpose of caring for that child.

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Sickness issues and SSP FAQs

Unsure how to handle employee sickness absence issues, or how much statutory sick pay (SSP) you may need to pay? Read our useful FAQs.

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Taking on a new employee

When you take on a new member of staff, there are an initial six tasks you need to carry out to ensure you comply with the law.

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Tax-advantaged employee share schemes

Employee share schemes can help you recruit, retain and incentivise employees by giving them a direct financial interest in the company's success.

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Terminating an employee's contract

From reclaiming your business' property to ensuring your confidential information is kept secret, you must make sure that everything you do is legal.

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The national minimum wage

You have to pay at least the national minimum wage to most of your workers, including temporary, part-time, casual and homeworkers.

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Workplace wellbeing tool

The workplace wellbeing tool on the GOV.UK website can help you work out the costs to your business of poor employee health and how to take action.