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Employing and settling in new staff

When taking on a new employee, employers will need the necessary personnel documents in place including the person's Written Statement of Terms and Conditions of Employment, their P45 and National Insurance number. An induction programme should be arranged and cover the businesses' structure, aims, personnel, any relevant training and the businesses' rules, policies and procedures.

The e-learning modules, online guides and booklets below offer practical assistance to employers taking on new staff. They offer advice on the necessary documents employers and new starters need to complete, and how to arrange an appropriate programme of induction.

  • Acas help for small firms - Recruiting an employee helps small firms and organisations, as well as line and team managers in larger organisations, to get to grips with the key steps in hiring new staff.
  • Acas help for small firms - Settling in a new employee: A step-by-step guide takes employers through basic steps to follow when employing new staff. It covers paperwork, organising a successful induction, including the organisation's expected standards of performance and behaviour, rules and policies, and health and safety.
  • Acas help for small firms - The new employee's contract: A step-by-step guide advises employers on how to comply with the law. It covers: when an employment contract begins and what it needs to include; when a Written Statement of Terms and Conditions of Employment needs to be produced and what it should include; and what to do if the contract needs to be changed.
  • Acas e-learning module - Contracts of Employment & Written Statements covers the same areas as the step-by-step guide above, but is a way for employers to reinforce their understanding and includes a test at the end. You will need to go to Acas Learning OnLine to register or login.
  • pdf icon Recruiting staff guide [326kb] covers the recruitment and selection process when hiring new staff, and gives advice on induction, especially for employees who may need special attention such as school leavers and the disabled.
  • GOV.UK - Employing staff for the first time takes an employer through hiring their first member of staff and explains core legal obligations. It includes information on setting pay, getting the right insurance, understanding tax requirements and checking a new employee's right to work in the UK.

Acas related training

Acas runs practical training courses to equip managers, supervisors and HR professionals with the skills to deal with employment relations issues and create a more productive workplace.

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