If you run a business, there are a number of regulations you must follow when paying your employees.
The following will give you more information on how to make sure you pay your employees legally.
As an employer, you have a number of legal obligations when paying your staff, including:
providing workers with an itemised pay statement
complying with national minimum wage law
making statutory payments, eg maternity, ordinary paternity, additional paternity, adoption, sick and guarantee pay
only making lawful deductions from wages
Business Gateway has a guide which describes how to go about complying with your obligations.
You need to set suitable rates of pay for your employees and and decide on which pay system to use. There are also a number of legal considerations you must meet as an employer.
Business Gateway provides guidance on setting pay rates, including:
ensuring equal pay for men and women
avoiding discriminatory pay practices
paying at least the national minimum wage
using pay to recruit, motivate and retain employees
The National Minimum Wage rate per hour depends on an employee's age and whether they're an apprentice – they must be at least school leaving age to get it.
Find out about National Minimum Wage rates for all age groups on GOV.UK.
Your employees may be eligible for Statutory Sick Pay (SSP).
You can offer more than this if you have a company sick pay scheme, but you can't offer less.
Company schemes are also called 'contractual' or 'occupational' sick pay and must be included in an employment contract.
Visit GOV.UK to find out more information on sick pay, including:
eligibility and form SSP1
notice and fit notes
help with sick pay