Personal Assistant Employer's Handbook

Basic information about what you need to know if you are considering using Option 1 - a Direct Payment becoming a Personal Assistant (PA) employer

Starting up

These are the key tasks you should carry out before your PA or PA Team starts work:

  • Register as an employer with HMRC
  • Take out employer's liability and indemnity insurance
  • Draw up a contract of employment
  • Decide on how long your PA's probationary period will be and decide how you will make this longer in the contract if you need to
  • Make arrangements for paying your PA
  • Think about how you will provide a pension when it becomes law in 2017 (see the earlier section giving information on this)
  • Organise induction and training for your PA
  • Consider the health and safety responsibilities of this role, including risk assessment of the duties your PA will do for you

Once you have successfully recruited your PA or PA Team you will have to arrange:

  • an induction programme
  • day to day management
  • regular supervision

You can get the support you need from other PA employers, disabled peoples' organisations, centres for inclusive living and other support organisations. See the Useful Contacts section for more information.



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