No matter how long you’ve been in business for, hiring your first employee is a real milestone and an exciting step to take. In the rush to get someone on board, however, it can be easy to forget all there is to do.
Here’s what you need to know to make a great transition to being an employer, meet your obligations, and not waste time when new staff do arrive.
Do you know you want to recruit a permanent, fixed-term or casual employee? If so, you first need to officially register as an employer with Inland Revenue.
Note: You do not need to register as an employer if you’re hiring contractors (other than those on schedular payments) or getting an unpaid intern/volunteer.
If you haven’t yet thoroughly researched what kind of help you need, you should read Hiring the right employee type.
Go ahead and officially register as an employer with IR if you:
If you’re not sure of all the above, a good resource to help answer these questions is Inland Revenue’s First-time employer’s guide. If you are sure of the above — and you have the information at hand - you can now go ahead and either:
First-time employer’s guide (external link) — Inland Revenue
Business Survival Guide (external link) — Inland Revenue
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