Before you can operate as a new business in Jersey, you need to obtain a Jersey business license from the Population Office.
Under Jersey law this means you have to have a Jersey business licence for any trade, business or activity involving work or services performed for, or offered to members of the public, including a section of the public, carried on in Jersey by any person whether or not carried on for profit.
This will entitle you to trade and also employ certain categories of Jersey workers.
There are four categories of Residential Status:
Under your Jersey business licence you can employ an unlimited number of employees if they are Entitled or Entitled to Work.
In relation to individuals who are ‘Licensed’ or ‘Registered’, you are only permitted to employ these if you have express permission under your business licence from the Population Office.
If you employ someone who is not Entitled or Entitled to Work, you will be committing an offence under Jersey law in relation to your business licence.
Please note that the Population office does check employee status.
Carl Parslow | Partner | Jersey Business Legal Services
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