|“We have been extremely pleased with the service you have given us over the years and consider it to have been excellent value for money.”
Mrs C A – Whitchurch
|Employing European nationals|
Most nationals from the European Economic Area (EEA) can enter and work in the UK without restrictions. You will need to ask nationals from all EEA countries to produce a document showing their nationality. Please refer to List A to see which documents will provide you with a defense if checked and copied.
The following is a list of EEA countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Republic of Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, UK, Switzerland.
The Government has set up a Workers Registration Scheme to monitor the participation in the UK labour market of workers from the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia. Please contact the Home Office for more information.
If you employ a Bulgarian or Romanian national you must adhere to certain regulations:
Please note that the work permit application may not be successful if the Home Office considers that a UK national can competently do the type of work you are offering.
Once you have established the person has a right to work you will need to make sure that they register with the Home Office. For them to be able to do this you must provide them with evidence of the employment (a contract or a letter).
You must then take a copy of the completed application for registration before it is sent to the Home Office. You must keep this copy until you receive notification from the Home Office that the worker has been registered successfully.
The Home office will send to you a copy of the registration certificate and you must retain this copy.
|Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)|
When your employee is off sick for longer than three days you have the responsibility as their employer to administer Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) on their behalf.
|National minimum wage & the working time directive|
It is a criminal offence for an employer to pay below the national minimum wage, currently carrying a fine of up to £5,000. Domestic staff are however exempt from the measures concerning working hours.