The Forum of Private Business will help you and your business keep up to date with our latest Employment Guide* for 2019. Forum Employment Guide 2019

Setting up and running a business can be incredibly rewarding but there are also many problems to be faced. Not only are there economic pressures to be handled but there is a huge amount of administration, law and regulation to be understood and implemented.  Any shortcomings in a company's operations may cause serious problems further down the line.

That's why the right information at the right time is crucial to a business.

The Employment Guide 2019 is our most comprehensive, detailed and up to the minute examination of the procedures, practices and paperwork guidelines that every business needs in order to flourish and succeed in today's competitive and challenging commercial environment. Operating in tandem with the Forum's member helpline and other business resources, it’s an essential tool for all our members.

In addition to these key elements, our members' businesses have access to legal advice whenever they need it and that’s why the Forum has teamed up with rradar, a law firm that specialises not only in the expert management of legal crises but also the education and prevention in the first place.

Rradar provides legal, regulatory and risk management advice and support to the Forum and, in many cases, representation to members during investigations, prosecutions, Employment Tribunal proceedings and Civil Court proceedings.

If a crisis arises, radar's legal team working with the Forum can advise on how to work with the Police, HSE and all investigating and regulatory bodies. Any discussions and advice provided by rradar’s legal team are legally privileged, meaning the advice given is protected and confidential.

Nobody sets up their business wanting to spend their time dealing with red tape, and here at the Forum, we know that small businesses – which make up the biggest part of the UK business community – spend on average 37 hours a month on red tape and compliance issues. Employment issues make up the vast majority of this time with over 14 hours being spent on staff and staff-related issues.

The good news is that as a Forum member you receive the best possible information, advice, support and protection and our membership team take care of the complicated and confusing items that take up increasingly more of your time and requires you to seek external help.  The result is - you spend less time on these issues and less money on external consultants.

For a simple and affordable annual fee, your Forum membership lets you get on with doing what you do best – developing and growing your business. The Forum can certainly save you and your business time and help you comply with practical, no-nonsense advice, support and protection.

The Forum of Private Business Employment Guide 2019:

  • Brings together everything you need to know about employment law in one easy to understand guide; from recruitment and induction to pay, absence management and dismissal.
  • Step by step processes with easy advise making sure you are compliant in every aspect of procedures for the employment of your staff.
  • 100+ customisable templates for you to adapt to your own business including sample contracts, letters, policies and procedures.
  • All templates are available to download within the Members area of the website*.
  • Expert advice is available via our team of member advisors to give you reassurance and support with any issues you might be facing. (member’s only)

To join the Forum online today select the number of employees within your business from the table below and follow the instructions.

Membership Levels (Click to expand):

Start-up Membership - £99 per annum
  • Member helpline & portal
  • Access to our legal partner***
  • Business Advise, Support & Protect
  • Management Liability Insurance**
  • Discounted Company Registration Service
  • Free Start-up Guide
  • Free exclusive mini guides
  • 150+ customisable templates
  • Regular newsletters
  • Legislation updates


  • The Forum Start-up Membership is available for businesses that are in the start-up phase of 1 year or less and have zero employees.

    A membership for your business needs and we provide the support when you need it through our legal partner. Immediate access will be available to our Forum partner network, to our customisable templates, business resources and a closed group discussion network forum, which is for members only. All will be available through your membership login details that you will be issued with on sign up to the Forum Start-up Membership

    Your membership will continue at the exclusive price of £99 per annum* for a further 2 years subject to you not employing staff (temporary, full or part-time). At the end of your first 3 years of trading, the membership price will be charged at our standard Forum membership prices as an established business.
    0 Employees - £150 per annum
  • Member helpline & portal
  • Access to our legal partner***
  • Business Advise, Support & Protect
  • Management Liability Insurance**
  • Free Compliance Guide
  • Free exclusive mini guides
  • 150+ customisable templates
  • Regular newsletters
  • Legislation updates
  • Comprehensive range of business guides*


  • Forum Membership is available for businesses that are established and employ staff, part-time, full-time or temporary.

    A comprehensive membership for your business requirements, receiving business support with Employment Law, Health and Safety, Finance, Procurement and PR to name a few. Immediate access will be available to our Forum partner network who will be able to share their knowledge and advice in some of the most complex of situations you may come across in your business.

    Customisable templates, business guides, resources and a closed group discussion network forum for our members only will also be available through your membership login details that you will be issued with on signing up to a Forum Membership
    0 Employees - £150 per annum
  • Member helpline & portal
  • Access to our legal partner***
  • Business Advise, Support & Protect
  • Management Liability Insurance**
  • Free Compliance Guide
  • Free exclusive mini guides
  • 150+ customisable templates
  • Regular newsletters
  • Legislation updates
  • Comprehensive range of business guides*


  • Forum Membership is available for businesses that are established and employ staff, part-time, full-time or temporary.

    A comprehensive membership for your business requirements, receiving business support with Employment Law, Health and Safety, Finance, Procurement and PR to name a few. Immediate access will be available to our Forum partner network who will be able to share their knowledge and advice in some of the most complex of situations you may come across in your business.

    Customisable templates, business guides, resources and a closed group discussion network forum for our members only will also be available through your membership login details that you will be issued with on signing up to a Forum Membership
    1 - 10 Employees - £275 per annum
  • Member helpline & portal
  • Access to our legal partner***
  • Business Advise, Support & Protect
  • Management Liability Insurance**
  • Free Compliance Guide
  • Free exclusive mini guides
  • 150+ customisable templates
  • Regular newsletters
  • Legislation updates
  • Comprehensive range of business guides*


  • Forum Membership is available for businesses that are established and employ staff, part-time, full-time or temporary.

    A comprehensive membership for your business requirements, receiving business support with Employment Law, Health and Safety, Finance, Procurement and PR to name a few. Immediate access will be available to our Forum partner network who will be able to share their knowledge and advice in some of the most complex of situations you may come across in your business.

    Customisable templates, business guides, resources and a closed group discussion network forum for our members only will also be available through your membership login details that you will be issued with on signing up to a Forum Membership
    11 - 30 Employees - £375 per annum
  • Member helpline & portal
  • Access to our legal partner***
  • Business Advise, Support & Protect
  • Management Liability Insurance**
  • Free Compliance Guide
  • Free exclusive mini guides
  • 150+ customisable templates
  • Regular newsletters
  • Legislation updates
  • Comprehensive range of business guides*


  • Forum Membership is available for businesses that are established and employ staff, part-time, full-time or temporary.

    A comprehensive membership for your business requirements, receiving business support with Employment Law, Health and Safety, Finance, Procurement and PR to name a few. Immediate access will be available to our Forum partner network who will be able to share their knowledge and advice in some of the most complex of situations you may come across in your business.

    Customisable templates, business guides, resources and a closed group discussion network forum for our members only will also be available through your membership login details that you will be issued with on signing up to a Forum Membership
    31 - 50 Employees - £450 per annum
  • Member helpline & portal
  • Access to our legal partner***
  • Business Advise, Support & Protect
  • Management Liability Insurance**
  • Free Compliance Guide
  • Free exclusive mini guides
  • 150+ customisable templates
  • Regular newsletters
  • Legislation updates
  • Comprehensive range of business guides*


  • Forum Membership is available for businesses that are established and employ staff, part-time, full-time or temporary.

    A comprehensive membership for your business requirements, receiving business support with Employment Law, Health and Safety, Finance, Procurement and PR to name a few. Immediate access will be available to our Forum partner network who will be able to share their knowledge and advice in some of the most complex of situations you may come across in your business.

    Customisable templates, business guides, resources and a closed group discussion network forum for our members only will also be available through your membership login details that you will be issued with on signing up to a Forum Membership
    51 - 100 Employees - £550 per annum
  • Member helpline & portal
  • Access to our legal partner***
  • Business Advise, Support & Protect
  • Management Liability Insurance**
  • Free Compliance Guide
  • Free exclusive mini guides
  • 150+ customisable templates
  • Regular newsletters
  • Legislation updates
  • Comprehensive range of business guides*


  • Forum Membership is available for businesses that are established and employ staff, part-time, full-time or temporary.

    A comprehensive membership for your business requirements, receiving business support with Employment Law, Health and Safety, Finance, Procurement and PR to name a few. Immediate access will be available to our Forum partner network who will be able to share their knowledge and advice in some of the most complex of situations you may come across in your business.

    Customisable templates, business guides, resources and a closed group discussion network forum for our members only will also be available through your membership login details that you will be issued with on signing up to a Forum Membership

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    * Membership pricing displayed is exclusive of VAT and will be added at checkout. Forum Start-up Membership of £99 per annum is limited to a start-up business in their initial first 3 years of trading. Forum membership price will become applicable at the end of the 3rd year or if you employ an employee, whichever comes first. Forum membership is available for established businesses.  Forum Guides are an additional charge subject to Forum Membership subscription criteria.  In order to download templates, you will need to be a member of the Forum of Private Business.  To join us or if you have any further queries please contact our membership advisors on  01565 626001 or email. Full T&C's apply which can be found here
    ** Annual membership covers all directors/principles; there are no hidden costs or fees
    *** you must contact the member helpline before acting in any situation which might result in a tribunal to ensure your business is covered by our legal expenses insurance. Content is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. It is recommended that specific professional advice is sought before acting on any of the information given.

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