HR & Employment Law

When we take on a new HR client, we spend time getting to know them and how their business works.

After an initial visit and a review of current procedures, we work with the client to create all of their human resources documentation, which is maintained at regular intervals in order to ensure compliance with changes in legislation.

The People HR system is the latest offering to be added to our list of services. It is a complete HR system designed to streamline the traditional HR functions of benefits administration, holidays, personnel tracking and payroll, for both managers and employees.

On a consulting basis, we provide additional on-site support. This might mean attending formal meetings (such as interviews or disciplinary hearings) or by acting as an independent adjudicator in grievance proceedings.

A list of our core services is below – please click on each heading to find out more. If you wish to discuss something that is not on the list, just give us a call on 01427 678 660.

HR & Employment Law Services
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Our handbooks are bespoke to every business and cover a wide range of topics, including:

  • Discipline and grievance procedures
  • Equal opportunities and discrimination (including age, disability, race, religion, sex and sexual orientation
  • Family-friendly issues (including maternity, paternity and shared parental leave)
  • Flexible working
  • Holiday procedures
  • Performance management
  • Sickness absence procedures
  • Additional benefits

Our consultants work with clients to produce contracts of employment that will include the following:

  • Job title
  • Start date
  • Payment details
  • Holiday entitlement
  • Sickness absence entitlement
  • Additional benefits
  • Notice periods
  • Restrictive covenant
  • Authorised deduction from wages clause

On an annual basis your dedicated consultant will attend your site and conduct an HR audit. The audit will include:

  • Changes in legislation/case law over the previous 12 months
  • Reviewing current documentation
  • Discussing any ongoing issues
  • Reviewing onboarding processes/employee relations/personnel files etc

Our consultants can provide advice on the correct disciplinary procedures to follow, in line with the ACAS guidelines. This includes:

  • A checklist for the disciplinary process
  • Drafting of disciplinary invitation letters
  • Reviewing notes from hearings and giving advice on potential next steps
  • When the client is unable to hear the disciplinary, our consultants can hear the disciplinary on their behalf
  • Advising on the appeal process

The service includes, advising clients on the grievance procedures to follow when receiving a complaint from an employee. The advice can range from:

  • Drafting invitation letters to grievance hearings
  • Reviewing hearing notes and advising on further steps, such as further investigations
  • Undertaking grievance hearings, if necessary
  • Advising on the appeal process

Our consultants can offer proactive, easy to follow advice on the whole recruitment process, including:

  • Person specifications
  • Job descriptions
  • Application forms
  • Inviting candidates into interviews
  • Rejection letters for unsuccessful candidates
  • Interview assessment forms
  • Job offer letters

All HR & Employment Law clients receive an Employment Law Manual which sits alongside the bespoke Employee Handbook and Contracts of Employment. The manual will contain important policies such as:

  • Equal opportunities
  • Anti-harassment and bullying
  • Maternity/Paternity
  • Shared parental leave
  • Adoption
  • Social media
  • Whistleblowing
  • Anti-bribery and corruption
  • Flexible working
  • Emergency time off for dependents

From time to time our clients have the need to downsize, for a number of different reasons. Our consultants are experts in advising on the redundancy process, whether it involves one employee or 50. As part of the service you will receive:

  • Guidance on the consultation stage and assistance with the drafting of relevant letters, as well as information on voluntary redundancy applicants
  • Support with the drafting of selection criteria and its implementation
  • Advice on follow up meetings to be held with those selected for redundancy, including redundancy termination confirmation meetings
  • Assistance with appeals
  • Assistance with conducting meetings within the redundancy process

We offer specific training for managers to help with disciplinary, capability and grievance matters. This is just a small part of our training offering – visit our Training page to find out more.

The Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 are one of the most complex pieces of employment legislation going. Our consultants have a great knowledge of advising clients on the TUPE regulations including:

  • Service provision changes
  • Continuity of employment
  • Consultation with employees prior to and after the transfer

We offer a policy to help when it comes to completing PQQs (Pre-qualification questionnaires) etc.

Upon engagement, our clients receive legal cover in the form of the Legal Funding Agreement. For no additional charge, clients can enjoy legal cover which includes the solicitor and barrister costs for defending a tribunal claim, as well as any non-contractual awards a tribunal may award (terms and conditions apply).

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