Owning a small business isn’t easy, and there is a lot of work to be done, so, at some point, you are probably going to need to hire some employees to help you out. While these employees are going to make your life one million times easier in one sense, in another, they’re going to make your job a little more tricky. There are a lot of responsibilities that come with being an employer, most of which are legal requirements, and you’re going to have to make sure you fulfil these responsibilities. Here are some of the responsibilities that you are going to have to fulfil as an employer.
Contract Of Employment
Some small businesses decide that writing out a work contract is simply too much work, but it can be incredibly beneficial for both you and your employees. Your contract of employment should include the title and description of your employee’s job, including all of their duties and responsibilities. It should also state how much they are going to be paid, whether this is as a salary or per hour, when they will be paid, the minimum number of hours they are going to work, and if they get any bonuses for going over these hours. It should also include information on holiday and sick pay, and anything they need to know about termination proceedings.
As an employer, you must pay your employees for the work that they do. This means that you need to comply to laws regarding a minimum wage, as well as make payments for maternity or paternity leave, and sick and holiday pay. You should also provide your employees with proof of their pay by using a pay stub generator to create a pay slip that they can then keep. This will provide proof of income for them, and will also help them to break down and keep track of the tax that they are paying, and any overtime pay they have received.
Safe Working Conditions
It is your responsibility to ensure that the place where your employees are working is safe for them to work in, so you should do everything you practically can to ensure this. This means that you need to write a risk assessment, assessing all of the risks in the workplace, and inform your employees of these risks. You should also provide your employees with training on how best to avoid these risks. If you don’t do this, and one of your employees gets sick or injured, you could be held responsible.
Trust & Confidence
Just because you’re the boss, it doesn’t mean that your employees should fear you. In fact, they should be able to come to you in confidence and be able to trust you enough to tell you any problems that they have, whether these be with you or another employee. Breaching this trust could lose you some great employees, and could even lead to legal action being brought against you.
Being an employer isn’t easy, but if you’re fulfilling these responsibilities, then you know you’re doing it right.
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