People management can be complex but staying on top of the newest updates can help you stay on top of things. This section is dedicated to offering guidance about useful resources, tips and advice to make managing your HR function easier.
NEW EMPLOYEE INDUCTION
You’ve recruited a new employee! They have accepted your offer of employment and they start on Monday, what do you do next?
ACAS have a free ‘induction checklist’ which will help you welcome your new employee to your team and give them the information they need to be able to carry out their job effectively and at the same time ensure that you comply with your employer responsibilities. Click here to view the ACAS induction checklist.
THE MINIMUM WAGE
Make sure you are meeting the National Minimum Wage rates; the following new rates apply from 1 October 2015.
New National Minimum Wage Rates
From 1 October 2015 the National Minimum Wage Rates increase to:-
Age 21 and over £6.70
18 to 20 £5.30
Under 18 £3.87
*Apprentices aged 16 to 18 or aged 19 and in first year of service. All other apprentices are entitled to the NMW for their age.
The law on workplace pensions has changed. Every employer with at least one member of staff now has new duties, find out what your obligations are with this free guide from the Pension Regulator
RIGHT TO WORK
How can you tell if an applicant has the right to work in the UK?
It is your responsibility as an employer to check that the applicant has the right to work in the UK. You should check their documents before they start work with you, please note, you must see the originals.
There are 3 basic steps to conducting a right to work check:
1. Obtain original versions of one or more of the acceptable documents
2. Check the documents in the presence of the holder of the documents
3. Make copies of the documents, retain the copies and a record of the date on which the check is made.
The Home Office Guide to preventing illegal working includes the lists of acceptable documents that employers should ask to see https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/preventing-illegal-working-code-of-practice-for-employers