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Help for small Businesses to get it right

April/August 2015

If you own a small business you need to keep paper work to a minimum but not cut corners when it comes to employment law. But without any in-house HR support this can be harder said than done.

Faced with a long list of business needs - like taking on a new member of staff, changing working practices and dealing with discipline and grievances - where do you start?

Check you are ‘Getting it Right’ - the Agency has taken issues facing all small businesses and distilled employment law and good practice into a series of short leaflets.

Get help if you are Getting it Wrong - LRA pre-claim conciliation  can help if you are faced with a dispute at work

Getting it Right

Small Business Leaflets

1. Know the law

2. Plan your employment needs

3. Recruiting people

4. Induction programme

5. Pay the right rates

6. The employment contract

7. Rules and procedures

8. Controlling absence

9. Workplace communications

10. Managing the performance of your employees

11. Handling redundancies in a small business

More advice

  • Sometimes reading a guide isn't enough. If you need help on a specific issue we have a free helpline to answer your specific questions. You can call the Labour Relations Agency’s Helpline on 028 9032 1442 from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.
  • Use our A to Z of employment and Employment Questions and Answers to answer your questions or get it right with our advice leaflets
  • The Agency also has a full range of workshops, good practice seminars and briefings.  They are designed to raise awareness of relevant legislation and to promote and develop good practice. The subjects covered reflect the Agency's experience in dealing with employment issues through its advisory and dispute resolution services.

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