Chapter 1

Staying on the Right Side of the Law


Bullet Understanding your obligations under the law

Bullet Offering your employees better terms than what the law allows

Bullet Understanding your employees’ rights under the law

Bullet Drawing up the contract and other employment policies

Bullet Managing without a whole lot of support systems

Bullet Finding help and advice

As a small-business employer, you may feel that staying on top of the law is just too much hassle. As long as you don’t do anything blatantly illegal, everyone should be content, right? After all, you’ve got a business to run and you have to make a living.

While that’s true, if you get on the wrong side of the law, the results can be devastating. You can end up seriously out of pocket because a tribunal or court finds in favour of a disgruntled – or even worse, a seriously injured – employee and awards large amounts of compensation against ...

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