Taking on a new employee

Taking on a new employeeWhen you take on a new member of staff, there are an initial seven tasks you need to carry out to ensure you comply with the law:

  • set your pay rate and pay at least the National Minimum wage
  • carry out pre-employment checks to ensure your employee is legally entitled to work in the UK
  • arrange employers' liability insurance if you are not already insured
  • register as an employer with HM Revenue & Customs
  • give your new employee a written statement of employment
  • ensure your new employee's first payslip contains details of all deductions (National Insurance, tax etc.)
  • check if you need to automatically enrol the employee into a workplace pension scheme

You can find guidance and tools to help you fulfil these duties on the GOV.UK website.

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