HR Law

Ongoing Support

We are happy to provide one-off or ad hoc advice where you need it but we also understand that you may need on-going support. Our on-going support packages will give you peace of mind, knowing that you can talk to us on the phone or by email without worrying about the cost. We don’t believe in tying you into lengthy contracts which is why our support packages can be as short as 3 months or 12 months. We have a range of support packages for you to choose from depending on the size of your business.

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Micro Package

Best for businesses with less than 10 employees

This is a available on a 3 month rolling contract.

 

£149 per month

Medium Package

Ideal for companies with 11-50 employees

This is a available on a 3 month rolling contract.

£270 per month

Super Package

Perfect for companies with 51 - 200 employees.

This is a available on a 12 month rolling contract.

£450 per month

Contracts

A contract exists whether or not you have a written agreement as contracts are made by conduct and in legislation. That being said, from April 2020 employer will have to provide written terms and conditions by day one of employment. Of course, you will want to be legally compliant but there are other practical reasons why written contracts are good for business. We believe a contract should be understood by everyone so we ensure that all contracts are written in plain English.

  • A contract sets a good example for your staff if you do things clearly and promptly your staff are more likely to do so too.
  • It is not a set of rules for one person only. This means that the contract is as much about what your staff can expect from you as it is about what you can expect from them.
  • It can allow you to recoup things such as overpayments and other costs.
  • It can protect your business once employment has ended.

Bespoke Standard Employment Contract - £149 Bespoke Advanced Employment Contract - £300 Freelancer contract - £300

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Handbooks and Employment policies

Why have an employee handbook when I have contracts?

Contracts should not be excessively long. The reason for this is:

If it is too long you may find that staff do not read it and if it hasn’t been read it is difficult to rely on it.

There are some things which you may need to change more frequently than others as your business changes. This could include bonus and commission policies.

A well-written handbook can set out the values, culture and expectations of both the business and your staff. It is a point of reference for frontline staff and managers and can help your business to promote equality through consistent policies. It is also another opportunity to ensure that your business meets it’s legal requirements.

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Essential policies required by Law

By law all businesses with staff must have the following policies:

  • Disciplinary
  • Grievance
  • Health and Safety (if you have over 5 members of staff)
  • GDPR

Which is why we have an essential bundle of essential policies and an employment contract for £500.

This is perfect if you are just starting to hire people or you haven’t got the cash flow for a full handbook just yet.

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Other useful policies

Although there is no legal requirement to have these policies you will find some or all of these useful. Our full handbook can include all of the essential policies and any of these useful policies.

  • Uniform and Personal Hygiene
  • Alcohol and Drugs
  • Right of Search
  • Work-Related Social Events
  • Absence Management
  • Disciplinary and Capability
  • Appraisals and Objective Reviews
  • Redundancy
  • Equal Opportunities
  • Personal Relationships At Work
  • Harassment and Bullying
  • Whistleblowing
  • Grievance
  • Bribery
  • Holiday
  • Maternity and family-friendly
  • Compassionate Leave and Bereavement Leave
  • Social Media
  • Technology and Communications
  • Company Phones
  • Employee Privacy Statement
  • Season Ticket / Travel Loan Form
  • Company car

     

The total cost of a full handbook is £1,500.

Individual policies can be purchased at £150 each.

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HR Meetings

We provide advice on all HR matters but sometimes you will need a fair and objective person to attend HR meetings as support or to conduct the meetings on behalf of your business.

HR meetings which we are often asked to assist with include:

  • Staff appraisals
  • Performance management
  • Meetings around persistent and long term absence
  • Grievance meetings
  • Disciplinary meetings
  • Consultation meetings
  • Appeals

Our staff are experienced in chairing HR meetings and are able to conduct meetings in a location of your choice. Following the meeting, the Independent HR Chair will conduct an investigation (if necessary) and provide a report with their recommendations.

The cost of HR Meeting support is £795 (plus travel if outside of a 20-mile radius)

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Holiday pay enquiries

Calculating holiday entitlements can be tricky, especially when staff work variable hours. We are able to help you work out holiday entitlements.

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Redundancy and Restructuring

Nobody likes to make redundancies or to have a restructure as it can unsettle your team. This is why it is important for you to have trustworthy advice that is going to be best for the business and the staff.

We provide advice and support in relation to redundancies and restructures however big or small.

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Flexible Working Requests

Flexible working can come in many forms, from shared job roles, home working to flexible hours.

If you are able to offer flexible working you are likely to find that this improves both staff retention and team morale and a happy team is a productive team.

Staff have the right to make a flexible working request after 26 weeks of service. We will help you to respond to these requests and to find a solution that suits your business as well as your employees.

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Managing Persistent Absences and Long Term Illness

There are various reasons why staff are frequently absent or ill for long periods of time. Frequent and long term absences can have a negative effect on the employee who is away but also create a strain on the rest of the team.

It is important for managers to manage absences in a sensitive, not discriminatory way and to balance the requirements of the business.

We will help you to feel confident in finding a solution to persistent and long term absences.

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Dealing with Mental Health in the workplace

With 1 in 4 people experiencing poor mental health at any time you may need help in managing a team member who has a mental health problem.

Our advice will be both uncomplicated and sensitive so that you feel more confident to support your team member.

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Performance Management and Disciplinaries

We would all love the perfect team but sometimes this is not possible. If you are concerned about the conduct or capability of a staff manager we can help you with clear and practical advice and support.

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Pregnancy, Maternity and Family Friendly Queries

The law is constantly changing and evolving, when your staff member tells you that they are about to expand their family we will help you to support them.

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Tupe – buying or selling a business

You have just sold or bought a business and you or perhaps you have won or lost a tender. As employees transfer from one employer to another both new and old employers have legal obligations which they need to adhere to.

This can be a complex area of law but we help clients to get this right.

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HR Software and Data storage

We are partnered with Breathe HR which allows us to help our clients and their staff a cloud-based solution to some HR matters.

These include the ability for staff to

  • Book annual leave online and to know how much they leave they have available
  • Record and track absences
  • Store contracts, policies and other documents in a secure location
  • Manage appraisals and performance reviews

This software forms part of some of our packages but can also be purchased as a stand alone product.

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Training

As the late John F Kennedy said “Learning and leadership are indispensable to each other”.

We believe that learning should never end and we are able to offer training to both leaders and team members which will help improve the workplace culture and understanding. We cover the following topics but we can also tailor-make a training session for you.

  • Equality and Diversity
  • Bullying and Harassment
  • Managing staff effectively
  • HR for Non HR Managers
  • Wellbeing in the workplace
  • Employment Law updates
  • Investigating and responding to grievances
  • How to conduct a disciplinary investigation and meeting
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Employment Protection Insurance

You will have employers liability insurance to cover you for accidents and incidents which may affect your staff but you may still require Employment Protection Insurance.

This is an insurance policy that can cover you for Employment Law advice, Tribunal representation, Tribunal awards and settlements *subject to terms and conditions.

We are able to offer this through one of our Business partners. Contact us for a detailed quote.

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