Now in its fourth edition, The Employer's Handbook has established itself as a popular source of reliable, unambiguous guidance for small- and medium-sized employers. Fully updated to incorporate the new budgetary implications for maternity leave, the minimum wage, tax and national insurance, the book clearly identifies both the legal essentials and best practice guidelines for effective people management. This is a comprehensive source of hands-on advice on the increasingly complex legal framework that now governs UK employment law. Presented in plain English, it includes guidelines on age discrimination legislation and the latest employment tribunal forms. The handbook also provides access to free legal updates and downloadable templates, forms and policy documents for dealingwith all the key employment issues including: - recruiting staff; - writing contracts; - paying staff; - employee benefits; - performance management; - dealing with absence; - maternity/paternity rights; - working hours and holidays; - writing a staff handbook; - personnel records and data protection; - handling organizational change; - handling disciplinary issues; - dealing with grievances; - terminating employment; - dealing with tribunal cases; - ensuring the health, safety and welfare of employees; - working with trade unions.