Employing staff in more detail

Employee rights and the responsibilities of being an employer

Employment law makes very few distinctions between a company such as a major supermarket employing a whole workforce and an individual taking on a personal assistant, in terms of the obligations it puts on employers.

This part of our website considers some of the main rules. We will give you some basic information about the matters below and tell you where you can get further help. 

The remainder of this section offers a very basic guide and as this is a complicated area, you should ensure you take proper advice based on your circumstances before acting or refraining to act on any of the contents here. This may be from your Local Authority, from free government-funded helplines (ACAS) or from a local lawyer. As an employer you are likely to need employer's insurance. Some insurance companies offer access to employment law specialists as part of their employer policies.