Invest Northern Ireland Employers' Handbook



The Employers' Handbook outlines the legal requirements and best practices for employing and managing staff in Northern Ireland.

It provides guidance on the main employment procedures most commonly queried by small business employers.

Download the Invest Northern Ireland Employers' Handbook (PDF, 1.29MB).

Please note: There have been changes to the right-to-work checks and the minimum wage thresholds. To ensure you are following the latest guidance on these areas please see:

The Employers' Handbook is divided into key employment themes. You can also download the guidance by its individual sections - see Employers' Handbook: section-by-section.

Editable HR documents and templates

The Handbook provides free access to sample HR forms, letters, contracts, policies, procedures, and checklists on a range of topics, from recruitment, through to people management and staff exits. You can download these templates and adapt them to suit your business needs - see HR documents and templates.