Employees are crucial to the success of a tech company; we explain the legal obligations every start up should be aware of.
Taking on employees is an important step in growing a business. The people you hire early on can make a real impact on your ultimate success and so having the right team in place is key. But what are the legal obligations on recruitment and during employment? Can you employ that star candidate now, or are they still subject to some restrictions under their previous employment that you should know about? Does an employee need a written contract and what will their holiday entitlement be? Will work permits be required? Will they be entitled to sick pay, and what other benefits might they expect from an employer like you? What happens if it doesn't quite work out as you had planned, and you want to let an employee go?
Knowing your rights as an employer and the rights of your employees is vital. This note is intended to provide a brief introduction to employment law issues which apply to employers setting up, or doing business, in England. You should take specific advice whenever an issue arises as employment law provisions do change regularly.