April 25 2012.

A new Business Link online toolkit provides first-time employers with a step-by-step guide on hiring staff.

The Taking on an Employee toolkit on its website takes employers through the process of hiring their first member of staff together with providing guidance on core legal obligations, including;

* Information on setting pay.

* Getting the right insurance.

* Understanding tax requirements.

* Checking a new employee's right to work in the UK.

The new tool is part of the Business in You campaign, to encourage more people to start or grow their business throughout 2012 using a range of existing support services

Employment Relations Minister Norman Lamb welcomed the new guide, saying; "For many one-person businesses there is a belief that the process for taking on their first member of staff can be a daunting and overly complicated process. And with no one easily accessible source of guidance it can really feel burdensome.

"The Red Tape Challenge and the online toolkit are just two of the many measures we are taking to tackle employment regulation and to make sure it doesn't act as a deterrent in hiring staff.

"If we can provide the advice and information in a simple format, showing first-time employers that taking on staff can be a simple process, this will ultimately help in our efforts in creating jobs and encouraging growth."