Employing Staff

Employing Staff 

 Many small businesses take on friends or family as staff and don’t give a lot of thought to the implications of having employees.  It is important you speak to an employment lawyer prior to taking on staff, as all staff have the right to a written set of Terms and Conditions and there are minimum standards in relation to rates of pay, payment of pension and other rights which you need to adhere to.  It is worthwhile meeting with an employment lawyer to discuss the best way to employ your staff as there are various options ranging from having agency staff, self employed contractors, full time staff or casual staff.  There are different implications for each type of worker or employee and whilst the employment legislation is incredibly complex a specialist in the area ought to be able to see the wood for the trees fairly easily.  Failure to comply with the rules can lead to serious consequences including in some cases criminal liability for failing to pay the national minimum wage.