Now in its eighth edition, The Employer's Handbook has established itself as a source of reliable and unambiguous advice for small - and medium - sized employers. The book is a comprehensive source of hands-on advice on the increasingly complex legal framework now governing UK employment law. Presented in plain English, it includes guidelines on age discrimination legislation and the latest employment tribunal forms. It also provides access to free legal updates and downloadable templates, forms and policy documents for dealing with key employment issues, including: recruiting staff; writing contracts; performance management; maternity/ paternity rights; data protection; terminating employment; and working with trade unions. Fully updated for this 2011 edition, The Employer's Handbook clearly identifies the legal essentials and best practice guidelines for effective people management.