How to be an Employer – the manager’s guide

‘How to be an Employer’ is our complete guide to human resources and employment law. It contains all the practical information needed when dealing with employment issues on a day-to-day basis.

The guide takes you through each stage of the ‘employee life cycle’ – from recruitment, all the way through to terminating the employment relationship. We’ve put everything in order for easy reference, and each section contains the relevant checklists, templates and documents you’ll need to keep you fully compliant with employment law.

Each section is written in plain English and outlines what you’ll need to do in any given situation. The instructions advise on any relevant employment legislation or policies that you’ll need to take into consideration at that point. Every section concludes with a quick quiz on the key points too, so you’re reminded of anything important.

The sections included in the guide are:

  1. Recruitment
  2. Employment contracts
  3. Family-Friendly Rights
  4. Managing Absence
  5. Dealing with Performance Issues
  6. The Disciplinary and Grievance Process
  7. Terminating the Employment Relationship
  8. Employment Tribunals

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Deminos ‘How to’ guides

Sample letters, templates and checklists

At Deminos, we understand that sometimes it can be easier to just do things yourself. Although we’re always here if you need a consultant to lend you advice, we also have a wide range of free ‘How to’ guides that give you step-by-step instructions on how to solve common HR-related problems.

The full range of ‘How to’ guides are:

Our guides contain various HR documents that you can use in the day-to-day running of your business. If you need a document specially, then just let us know as we can provide various professional, customisable documents that are in line with employment law and HR best practice.

This is the full list of sample letters, templates and checklists:

Managing absence

  • Letter warning employee over poor attendance
  • Letter inviting employee to an investigation meeting for unauthorised absences
  • Letter inviting employee to disciplinary over unauthorised absences, amounting to misconduct
  • Letter inviting employee to dismissal hearing over concerns of capability
  • Letter to an employee’s GP requesting medical records
  • Return-to-work form template
  • Checklist for return-to-work interview

Disciplinary process

  • Checklist for conducting a disciplinary hearing
  • Letter inviting employee to an investigation meeting
  • Letter inviting employee to a disciplinary hearing
  • Letter to employee for non-attendance at disciplinary hearing
  • Letters communicating a disciplinary outcome
  • Dismissal checklist
  • Letter inviting employee to appeal meeting
  • Appeal outcome letter

Managing performance

  • S.M.A.R.T. objective template form
  • Performance process flowchart
  • Sample Performance Improvement Plan
  • Guide for performance review/appraisal meeting
  • Sample review form

Dealing with grievances

  • Letter acknowledging receipt of grievance
  • Letter inviting employee to a meeting to discuss a grievance
  • Letter detailing the outcome of grievance meeting
  • Letter detailing grievance appeal meeting
  • Checklist for preparing a grievance meeting
  • Checklist for holding a grievance meeting
  • Checklist for what happens after a grievance meeting


  • Candidate shortlisting assessment form
  • Sample interview checklist
  • S.T.A.R.R. model example questions
  • Letter offering employment
  • Letter advising applicant is unsuccessful
  • Letter requesting a reference
  • Sample reference request form
  • Sample induction checklist
  • Letter inviting employee to a probationary review
  • Sample probationary period assessment form