Whether you’re buying or renting business premises, employing staff, taking on an apprentice or thinking of having chair, space or room renters in your salon or barbershop, contracts are key. The golden rule is to have everything in writing. Watertight contracts will ensure your business stays legal and you and your employees, apprentices and chair/space/room renters know their rights and responsibilities.
This blog post covers:
- Renting or buying your business premises
- Taking on employees
- Taking on apprentices
- Chair, space and room renters
- Appointing a manager
- Legal backup
Make sure you understand the key differences between renting and buying your business premises. If you buy your business premises you will own the freehold. If you rent, you will be a leaseholder.
In either case you will need to have a watertight freehold or leasehold contract drawn up. Always use a legally qualified professional to do this work for you.
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As soon as someone accepts your job offer, a contract of employment is created between you and your new employee – the contract does not have to be in writing.
However, it’s best practice to provide a written contract of employment so there are no doubts about the rights and responsibilities you and your employee have under the law.
It’s also good practice to have a staff handbook which sets out the rules and procedures that everyone must follow to ensure the smooth, safe and efficient operation of your salon or barbershop business.
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When taking on an apprentice in your salon or barbershop you must sign a written agreement with them which states how long you will employ them for, what training they will receive, their working conditions and the qualifications they are working towards.
The NHF provides Members with free apprenticeship agreements for England & Wales, or deeds for Scotland and Northern Ireland.
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It’s vital to have a legal contract in place with your chair renters. This should clearly set out how the chair renting arrangement will work in your salon or barbershop. This could prevent future disagreements and possibly legal action in the future if things don’t work out.
The agreement should include details such as how long the agreement will last, who pays for what, and how much your chair renter will pay you and when.
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Our chair renting guide (which covers room and space renting) is available free to NHF/NBF Members.
Put in place a clear written contract if you hire a manager to run your salon or barbershop for you. During the pre-hire negotiations with your new manager you should agree key issues such as what you expect, what they expect, and any future opportunities that will be available to them such as part or full ownership. These should then become part of the written employment contract between you and your manager.
It’s also important to include a clear probationary period in the contract in case things don’t work out. Always use a legal professional to draw up the contract.
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If you have employees, apprentices or chair renters, you will inevitably need some expert information and advice on HR issues at some point. NHF/NBF Members can access a free 24/7 employment/HR helpline for free help and support:
• Written contracts are vital for all aspects of your business.
• Get a legal professional to sort out a watertight contract for your business premises.
• Give your employees written contracts and staff handbooks.
• Apprentices must have a written agreement.
• Have a legal contract in place with chair renters to avoid disagreements and potential legal action.
• You’ll need a clear written contract if you hire a salon or barbershop manager.
• Members can access our free 24/7 legal helpline.
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