If you have any doubts about the legal requirements of employing staff you could consider outsourcing that function to a HR company.
Elements such as employment contracts, payroll administration, policy drafting, discipline and grievance procedures and even employee screening prior to offering them a contract all need to be considered.
You can get a lot of help from the Commerce and Employment department's Industrial Relations team but at the end of the day the responsibility is yours.
Ten Top tips when employing staff
- Be sure of the reasons for employing staff. Ask yourself do you actually need extra staff and justify it to yourself
- Define the Requirements for the job - create a job description.
- Define to yourself the type of person you need to fill that post. Both in terms of skills and personal qualities.
- Assess the going rate for that type of job and decide what the salary range will be.
- Look at other options to make your job stand out above the rest, share in the company, opportunities to progress, etc.
- Decide on holiday pay and sickness pay arrangements
- Create a contract of employment.
- Decide on how you are going to advertise for the job.
- Get support if you are on your own to help assess the applicants - two heads are better than one.
- Get up to speed on the legal aspects of the employing staff.
And finally, don't forget to give them a trial period so, for whatever reason, if they don't meet up to expectations you can part company legally.
For more information on HR Specialists in Guernsey, take a look at our Business Directory.