According to government figures, more than a quarter (1.3m) of the UK’s 5.47m small businesses have employees. They directly employ about 12.9m people, which is almost half (47.8%) of the total UK workforce. Not all employers are limited companies, of course. In fact, some 220,000 UK sole traders employ others, as do the members of 95,000 ordinary partnerships.
Being an employer brings with it many responsibilities, chief among them, health and safety. So, if you have staff or plan to take people on, what key health and safety responsibilities do small-business employers have?