Things To Do Before Your First Employee Starts Work - dummies

Things To Do Before Your First Employee Starts Work

By Marc Bishop, Sharon Crooks

Part of HR for Small Business For Dummies Cheat Sheet, UK Edition

There are some legal steps you must take before you employ anyone to work for your business. If you don’t follow them you could be fined, or even commit a criminal offence. The government website offers some really user-friendly guidance, but here is a quick checklist to get you started.

  • Check that your employee has permission to work in the UK.

    People with a British or EEA passport can work in the UK without a visa. People from outside the EEA or Switzerland must have a work visa, which may have limitations on the type or maximum hours of work they are allowed to do. You must check all employees’ right to work in the UK even if you know they have a British or EEA passport.

  • You must have Employer’s Liability Insurance in place and display the certificate where the employee can see it.

  • Display a Health and Safety poster, or give the employee a leaflet explaining health and safety responsibilities. Both are available from the Health and Safety Executive.

  • Register as an employer with HMRC.

  • Set up a payroll or find a payroll provider to manage employee pay, make deductions of tax and National Insurance, and pay and report to HMRC every month.