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An overview of employment law
Understanding more about the legalities of employing people
Hiring a new member of staff can help you run and build your business, but it also brings additional responsibilities. If you already employ staff or are taking on an employee for the first time, it is important to understand your legal obligations as an employer. This factsheet explains the steps i…
An overview of insurance cover for business
Do you know what insurance you require?
Every business is vulnerable to risks such as claims for compensation as a result of injury or negligence, contractual disputes, accidental damage, fire, flood or theft. It is important for business owners to consider the risks their business may face and take out appropriate insurance cover. …
An overview of the general data protection regulation (GDPR)
Important information about GDPR enclosed
What is the GDPR? The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on 25 May 2018 and will be implemented into UK law through the new Data Protection Bill, replacing the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA). The GDPR preserves many of the principles established in the DPA, but it h…
An overview of workplace health and safety
Don't forget health and safety in business
Every employer must comply with health and safety regulations intended to protect people such as employees, customers and members of the public. Many self-employed people whose work activities pose no potential risk of causing harm to others are exempt from health and safety law in England, Wale…
Keeping your equestrian business legal
A guide to legislative requirements in the equestrian industry
Equestrian businesses such as livery yards, riding stables and racing yards are subject to significant amounts of legislation relating, for example, to licensing, animal welfare, the transport of horses, health and safety, consumer protection and waste disposal. Professional legal advice shou…
Keeping your food and drink (production) business legal
A guide to legislative requirements in food and drink production
Food and drink producers are subject to significant amounts of legislation relating, for example, to registration of premises, food hygiene, food information, workplace health and safety, and waste disposal. Professional legal advice should always be taken before making business decisions. …
Keeping your food and drink (retail) business legal
A guide to legislative requirements in food and drink retail
Food and drink retailers are subject to significant amounts of legislation relating, for example, to registration of premises, food hygiene, weights and measures, workplace health and safety, and waste disposal. Professional legal advice should always be taken before making business decisions…
Keeping your leisure and sport business legal
A guide to the legislative requirements in leisure and sport
Leisure and sport businesses are subject to legislation relating, for example, to health and safety (including special rules for certain ‘adventure’ activities), firearms licensing, consumer rights, trading standards, event and music licensing, data protection and child protection. Profession…
Keeping your pet business legal
A guide to legislative requirements for your pet business
Pet businesses such as boarding kennels and catteries are subject to significant amounts of legislation relating, for example, to licensing, animal welfare, the control of dogs, health and safety, consumer protection and waste disposal. Professional legal advice should always be taken before …
Keeping your professional business legal
A guide to legislative requirements for your professional business
Professional businesses such as consultants, freelance writers, virtual assistants and online traders are subject to legislation covering, for example, standards of service, marketing and advertising standards, ecommerce, data protection, copyright and design rights, and tax. Professional le…
Keeping your rental income business legal
A guide to legislative requirements for rental income businesses
Anyone renting out land or non-domestic buildings such as workshops, stables and storage units is subject to legislation relating to local planning permission, building regulations, health and safety, and tenancy contracts. In addition, all rental businesses must comply with trading standards an…
Keeping your services business legal
A guide to legislative requirements for service businesses
Businesses that provide services such as waste clearance, recycling, forestry and road gritting are subject to legislation covering, for example, health and safety, environmental protection, trading standards and business insurance. In addition, depending on the type of service provided, they ma…
Keeping your tourist accommodation business legal
A guide to legislative requirements for your tourist accommodation businesses
Providers of tourist accommodation such as glamping pods and cabins, holiday lets, and bed and breakfasts are subject to significant amounts of legislation relating, for example, to local authority planning permission, disabled access, consumer protection, data protection, health and safety, and…
Legislation checklist: Alternative livestock/crops
Keeping it legal when it comes to cropping and livestock
Farmers and growers of alternative livestock/crops must comply with the following legislation. This is not an exhaustive list, and legal advice should always be taken before making any business decisions. The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board Order 2008 requires farmers and gr…
Legislation checklist: Equestrian and other animal-related businesses
Keeping it legal in the animal sector
Equestrian and other animal-related businesses must comply with the following legislation. This is not an exhaustive list, and legal advice should always be taken before making any business decisions. The Animal Welfare Act 2006 and equivalent laws in Scotland and Northern Ireland place a …
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