Acas has warned about a scam where companies contact employers saying they are part of and/or acting on behalf of Acas.The company typically offers initial advice which they don't charge for, but then asks people to sign up to a long term, often expensive contract for employment and/or health and safety advice.
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The seven guides are at org.uk/stepbystep and cover recruiting an employee; settling in a new employee; the new employee's contract; managing a complaint at work; managing staff absence; how to get the best out of your staff; and handling small-scale redundancies.
has a quick checklist of six things employers must do when employing for the first time, at uk/employing-staff.
From 14 February 2016 "weekly pay" is £500 (increased from £490).