You must give your employee a payslip every time you pay them, and you must also give them a contract of employment within two months of their starting date.

As the employer you must provide your employee with a payslip every time you pay them. The payslip must show their gross wage, the tax and NI deductions made on their behalf, as well as their net wage. Your employee should keep their payslips in a safe place, as they act as proof of earnings when applying for a loan or a mortgage. When you subscribe to Stafftax we send out payslips, monthly or weekly as required, showing all correct deductions.

You must also provide your employee with either an employment contract or a statement of the terms and conditions of their employment within two months of their starting date.

The document should include all terms and conditions that you have agreed upon, including the start date, hours of work, starting salary (which should specify gross or net), holiday entitlement etc. It should also include your agreement to operate PAYE on your employee's behalf. The contract might also include a detailed description of your employee's duties, house rules and disciplinary procedures and any other benefits to which you may make available to your employee (e.g. use of a car or re-imbursement of motoring costs if they use their own vehicle for work).

The contract of employment is a legally binding agreement and obliges both you and your employee to keep to the terms of employment spelled out in it. These terms can of course be changed at any time by mutual agreement.

A standard form of contract is available from Stafftax when you subscribe to our services, and it can be modified to fit the circumstances specific to your particular requirements. If you need help with making changes to the contract don't forget to contact our legal support team, who will be happy to help.

It is your legal responsibility, not your employee's, to ensure that a PAYE scheme is set up and that your employee's income tax and NICs are paid when due. Non-compliance is a criminal offence and may result in a substantial fine.