The most important things are:

  • You must pay at least the National Minimum wage.
  • Get Employers’ Liability insurance as soon as you become an employer.
  • Send a written job description (including Terms & Conditions) to your employee.
  • When employing someone for over 1 month, give them a written statement of employment.
  • Register as an employer with HMRC (do this 4 weeks before paying your employee, and get some Payroll software that can deal with Real Time Information submissions).
  • Prepare to auto enrol eligible employees into a company pension scheme.
  • If your business works with vulnerable people or security, apply for a DBS check (formerly CRB)

Don’t leave everything till the last minute!

*Further information is available from Gov.UK