Small firms thinking about taking on their first employee are being offered a helping hand in new guidance launched by employment relations specialists Acas.
Its free Step by Step guides are designed to help small and medium-sized businesses get the best from their people and stay on the right side of the law.
Acas chief executive Anne Sharp said: “Some employers want to grow their business but are worried about getting employment law right or find it too time-consuming, as they just want to run their business.
“The step by step guides build on our knowledge as workplace experts to make it as easy as possible for small business owners to quickly pick up a guide that best suits their circumstances and get it right first time.
“A better understanding of the law can make the difference between managing staff well and potentially facing a costly and stressful employment tribunal when things aren’t handled correctly.” The six step by step guides cover:
- recruiting an employee
- settling in a new employee
- the new employee’s contract
- managing a complaint at work
- managing staff absence
- how to get the best out of your staff.