Guidance for first-time employers

Moving from being completely volunteer-run to employing staff is a significant step for any organisation. It is important to know what issues should be considered and where you can access guidance and support.

Issues to consider

The Management Committee will need to take time to consider:

  • What are the implications of this change for the organisation and its volunteers (including the Management Committee members)? Are these acceptable and manageable?; and
  • What steps need to be taken before and after taking on new staff to ensure that the organisation is meeting its new legal obligations and can manage the staff member effectively?

Resources for first-time employers

The resources indicated below will provide you with helpful guidance as you consider these issues.

Guide to Good Employment

NICVA's downloadable manual for voluntary and community organisations in NI. (Note - does not include changes in legislation since date of publication. Refer to NICVA's staff handbook for up to date terms and conditions).

Terms and Conditions for Staff

NICVA's up to date staff handbook can be downloaded and used as a model by other organisations.

Legal responsibilities of employers

More information and resources relating to your responsibilities as an employer.