We've included some links to other sites and services we think you might find useful here. Obviously we cannot be responsible for any errors or inaccuracies on third party sites.

  • Calculators, ready reckoners & useful tools

    • Statutory payment calculator

      This handy calculator, provided by HR Revenue & Customs, eliminates the need for employers to calculate statutory payments manually.

    • Redundancy payment calculator

      Provided by Business Link, this handy redundancy ready reckoner will help you calculate entitlements for individual employees in the event of redundancies arising. Remember to read's guidance notes on redundancies first, as it is easily possible to create an 'unfair redundancy dismissal' in individual cases, and special rules apply to collective redundancies.

    • Business Link tool - employing illegal workers

      A simple(ish) tool provided by the government funded Business Link site to identify whether you are employing, or are about to employ, an illegal worker. If you audit your employees, make sure to audit ALL employees, not just those who you think are more likely to be in breach of UK permit to work regulations. If you single out particular employees or groups of employees, you run the risk of accusations of discrimination. Carrying out this exercise is extremely sensible as, if there is any problem in the future you can produce the results and your evidence as part of your due dilligence defence. Employing an illegal immigrant carries a maximum fine of £10,000....per employee!

    • Calculating employee's holiday entitlements

      This ready reckoner will help you work out your employees entitlements easily.

    • Employment status tool - self employed or employee?

      HMRC provides an employment status check tool on their website. HMRC advise employers to use the tool each time they seek to engage a self employed person under a contract for services and to keep a record of the case number the tool generates. As this record can help provide a defence in the event of a later challenge by HMRC (which could result in the employer having to pay back tax and NICs) this appears to be a worthwhile piece of advice.

  • Equal opportunities (discrimination)

  • Information and advisory sites and services

    • ACAS

      The Arbitration, Conciliation and Advisory Service ACAS contains a wealth of employment information and access to periodicals & advice guides. Their free helpline is very useful for legal queries and their staff helpful. ACAS is sometimes rather more useful to those with a good grounding of employment knowledge already, and like most government agencies they will tend to advise on least risk solutions at the expense of pragmatic business decisions.

    • Buying or selling a business? TUPE

      Buying or selling a business? Taking over or letting go a contract for services? TUPE 2006 laws apply to you and breaches of the employment rights of existing employees could be heavily punished. This well written BERR guide sets out the main parts of the 2006 laws and is ESSENTIAL reading for anyone thinking of acquiring or selling a business or contract that already employs staff.

    • Prevention of illegal working - UK Border Agency guidance

      The UKBA resource suite including links to the full and summary guidance on how not to get it wrong.

    • CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development)

      Another useful source of guidance. Specifically see the joint CIPD/ACAS/BERR guide to Avoiding and Resolving Discipline and Grievance Issues at Work.

    • ACAS Guide to handling disciplinaries and grievances

      Replacing the statutory dispute resolution procedures from April 09 this well written guide from ACAS details how disciplinaries and grievances should be handled in the context of the new code of practice. While not legally binding the code will be considered by tribunals and decisions are likely to be heavily influenced by employer's adherence or otherwise to it. Essential reading then for anyone contemplating taking disciplinary action against an employee (including dismissal) or hearing a grievance raised by an employee

  • Health and Safety information

    • Risk assessment tool (offices)

      This tool allows those working in low-risk office-based environments to do their risk assessment quickly and easily. It enables you to produce a tailored assessment by selecting the relevant hazards and thinking about how you control them. The assessment should take around 20 minutes.

  • Reservists

    • Reservists (volunteer) Services

      An MOD service to encourage employers to support reservists by explaining how they can help the business with the valuable transferable skills that they gain through their training.