When you employ people
If you are planing to employ people you should to take into consideration that employees are engaged to work for you under a “contract of service” (Employment Contract). This type of contract can be oral, written, implied or a mixture of all three of them. An employment contract comes to existence when an applicant accepts your offer for a full time, part-time, temporary or casual job.
You become an employer immediately when you take someone on to work for you under a “contract of service”. In most cases, before employing the first worker, you need to register as an employer with HMRC.
Some of your obligations as an employer:
– To check if a potential employee is legally entitled to work in the UK.
– To give an employee a written statement with details of the employment within 2 months from the start day.
– To operate the Pay As You Earn (PAYE) system on the payments made to your employees if their earnings are at or above the Lower Earnings Limit.
– To comply with the National Minimum Wage (NMW) regulations.
– To comply with the Time Working Regulations.
– To discuss and agree with your employees all changes to their employment contracts.
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