Employment law can be a minefield, especially for the small business owner. Here are some guides to the essentials. Agency workers regulations We consider the implications of the regulations to agency workers, looking at various aspects from payment and holiday entitlement, to working conditions. Annual leave We consider their entitlement and some complications of annual leave, including payment, entitlement and sickness during leave. Dismissal procedures We consider the key areas that can be involved in employee dismissal, whether it is looking at statutory procedure, possible unfair dismissal claims or simply the right to dismiss an employee. Getting the most out of staff appraisals Make sure appraisals are effective and useful. Identifying and preventing fraud Minimise the risk of fraud to your business. Legal working in the UK Guidance to help you make sure that your business is complying with the law when it comes to employing staff to work in the UK. Occupational pension schemes: trustees' responsibilities Employers can help promote retirement benefits for their employees in a number of ways including occupational schemes. Pensions - automatic enrolment Outlines employers’ responsibilities under Pensions Auto Enrolment. The government has placed greater responsibility on employers to provide access to pension provision. Recruiting the right staff Make sure you have a structured process for recruitment. Recruitment procedures - employment law Our suggestions can help you take on better employees by improving your recruitment process and also avoid making mistakes. Statutory sick, maternity and paternity pay We look at an employer’s obligations to pay statutory payments and the processes involved. The National Living Wage and the National Minimum Wage Ensure you are compliant with all the rates. Your staff handbook Key elements of a staff handbook.