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Employing People - A practical introduction

Starting a new business? Taking on more employees? Checking your policies?

When starting a new business or taking on your first employees, you will have many considerations including business rates, safety certificates, advertising and insurance, to mention but a few, but what about your employees?. With all of the other considerations you have to juggle, it can be easy to forget that the people working with you are your most important asset.  

Employees will make or break a business and getting a motivated and engaged team behind you is essential. You also need to make sure that you have all the employment relations building blocks in place right at the start to create a foundation to grow your business and to develop your people.

This training course in employing people will help you get off to the right start and put sound policies in place, ensuring that your procedures are fair, lawful and consistent and that your approaches will enable you to get the most from the people working with you.

It's not complicated and a little time spent at the early stages will help prevent problems developing as your business grows.

Here's what we will cover in this training:

  • Recruitment and induction - advertising roles, what to include in application forms and questions you can and cannot ask
  • Equality and Diversity - the essential employer considerations stemming from the equality Act 2010 and what they mean in practice
  • Written statements and contracts - what to include in a written statement and contract, what the differences are between the two. How to change or vary a contract.
  • Pay and holidays - holiday pay entitlements and notice pay, bank holidays and lawful and unlawful deduction.
  • Working parents legislation - maternity, paternity and adoption leave and employee rights, time off for dependents, the right to request flexible working.
  • Discipline and grievance procedures - what are fair dismissals? What are unfair dismissals? The Acas Code and how to deal with the disciplinary process fairly and properly.
  • Absence procedures - creating an absence reporting procedure, back to work interviews, reasonable adjustments.

This training will also highlight how you can communicate and manage effectively to increase the performance and productivity of those working for your organisation.

This is essential training for small to medium business employers who need to make sure they are approaching these important issues correctly and reducing the likelihood of having to go to employment tribunal. It is also beneficial for managers outside of the HR field who would like to know more about the basics of employment law, regulations and effective management practice.

Who should attend this training?

MDs and owners of small businesses, HR professionals wanting a refresher of the 'HR essentials', line managers and those responsible for ensuring attendance and performance in the workplace.

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