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The Financial Times Guide to Business Start Up 2014, 27th Edition by Sara Williams

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Your rights and duties as an employer

The idea of employment law can conjure up images of the Gorgon. You, as an employer, turned to stone when faced with the legal pitfalls of employment. The myth remains that you cannot sack anyone. Well, it is not true and, since 6 April 2012, the pendulum has swung back slightly towards employers to reduce the risks of taking someone on.

By and large, you can employ whoever you want. You can set up your own criteria about who you want to employ, but there should be good reasons for it – not solely because of sex, race, disability, marital status and so on. You can normally dismiss unsatisfactory employees. But the law sets out that it should be done fairly. If you do not do so fairly, then you may ...

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