HR Consultancy

Claire Moore, HR Adviser for Lovewell Blake

Supporting you through the challenges of employing staff

Claire Moore, HR Adviser for Lovewell Blake

Why outsource HR?

Outsourcing your HR can save you time and money, helping to reduce your workload, minimise payroll errors, reduce your compliance risk and increase security. One of the key benefits for HR outsourcing is to reduce your cost and compliance risks to your business. 

HR is one of the biggest costs for most companies and with the cost of managing employees constantly on the rise, companies are looking for ways to cut expenses. That's exactly where engaging an external HR consultant comes in. By outsourcing the HR advisory function, you don't have to hire a full-time HR adviser to handle internal employee matters such as drafting employment related documents, conducting disciplinaries and dealing with poor performance issues. 

Haven’t had to deal with difficult employee matters yet? It’s not a matter of if but when they will arise. When they do, your company needs a plan for handling them. This is one of the less-considered reasons for HR outsourcing because most organisations don’t need a full-time employed HR adviser to navigate these matters. (You shouldn’t be encountering them that often!) But when they do come up, you need the expertise of someone who has handled similar situations before.    

From performance management issues to unauthorised absences and more, employee relations matters are complicated. Employers want to do the right thing for their employees whilst still mitigating their risk.

A major benefit of HR outsourcing is that you have expert advisers who monitor and notify your organisation of any legislative changes, including the impact of these changes on your business and how to navigate them. This can be time-consuming and challenging for businesses, so why not get someone else to do it for you? 

  • Employee relations

  • Absence management

  • Contracts of employment

  • Policies and Procedures

  • New starter onboarding

  • Calculating holiday

  • Wellbeing

  • TUPE and redundancy

Please contact us for further information on the HR consultancy service we can offer to your organisation. We are able to provide an initial free HR health check to assess whether your business is HR compliant, which involves reviewing your contracts, policies and procedures and providing a tailored proposal detailing our recommendations. 

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FAQs

How are your HR services structured, do I pay a retainer or pay as I go?

We can structure your services in the most convenient format for you and your business. Many of our clients use us for a particular piece of work such as employment contract reviews or assisting with a disciplinary process, Others use us as their HR department and pay a pre-agreed fee for that work. In short, we can structure our services and charges most conveniently and we are always clear in advance so there are no surprises. We have a dedicated team of HR Advisers to help you every step of the way.

What makes Lovewell Blakes HR consultancy services stand out from other companies?

Our team of HR consultants are on hand to support you through the challenges you have to deal with when employing staff. We offer a flexible approach to the provision of employment advice, by seeking to establish client needs and providing practical HR advice to help achieve those aims, at the same time ensuring legislation is adhered to.

We provide a service in which you are able to either email or phone our HR consultants regarding general employment matters as and when they arise. Our consultants can provide support in a purely advisory capacity or take a more hands on approach and attend meetings, such as disciplinary hearings with you and your employees.

Can Lovewell Blake provide contracts of employment and staff handbooks?

Our specialists produce contracts of employment that are reflective of current employment legislation. It is an employee’s right to have a written statement of their main terms and conditions of employment from day one. We will discuss your requirements and draft contracts to suit your existing or future workforce, whether it be permanent, fixed term or zero hours contracts. Documents will be issued in a format which enables you to use the contract for as many employees as you wish.

We can also provide a staff handbook to outline various policies and procedures including family friendly leave, data protection, use of IT/social media and disciplinary or grievance polices. These policies will be reflective of statutory requirements and the ACAS code of practice, providing both the employer and employee with detail of processes that will be followed in various situations through the employment relationship. Please note we are unable to provide health and safety policies.

Are you able to review existing HR documents?

If you have existing employment contracts or documented staff policies in place, we can review these as part of our complimentary HR Health Check. Our HR consultants review your current HR documentation and provide a no obligation report detailing any amendments, updates or additional information to ensure they are fit for purpose and in line with current employment law.

Are you able to help with disciplinary processes for misconduct and gross misconduct?

We work with organisations to provide support on disciplinary matters relating to misconduct, gross misconduct or poor performance, being on hand to provide advice and documentation at each step of the process.

Our team can produce a disciplinary policy which will establish what the organisation deems to be misconduct or gross misconduct and specify the actions which will be taken should an employee’s conduct fall into one of these categories.

We are also on hand to ensure any investigations are carried out if necessary, through to being present alongside a manager or director from your organisation at the disciplinary hearing. Our HR consultants advise on the correct processes to follow, ensuring internal policies are adhered to, and detail any relevant employment law to help you conclude the matter in a fair and reasonable manner.

Should you need to dismiss an employee, our HR consultants will assist you in following the correct process for minimal risk to the organisation. We will also ensure that the employee is provided with the correct statutory notice and are aware of their right to appeal the decision so the employee’s statutory rights are not breached..

A member of staff has raised a grievance, can you assist?

Dealing with an employee grievance can be a very delicate and difficult matter. Our team of HR experts are able to guide organisations through the grievance process, whether or not a specific internal grievance policy is in place. We can help to ascertain the factors that need to be considered along with providing support to ensure the matter is dealt with and concluded in line with the ACAS code of practice and any internal policies.

We are also able to supply grievance policies to enable organisations to set out and understand the steps which need to be followed should a grievance be lodged.

Can your HR consultants help me manage employee sickness absence?

Our team is able to produce a sickness absence policy to help you manage employee absence, setting out the notification process and trigger points for absence levels.

We also assist organisations who have employees with high absence levels or that are on, or returning from, long term sickness. As part of the support, we are able to be present at sickness review meetings and ensure that the organisation has the required information to make decisions regarding sickness absences.

How do I know if I need HR support?

Your people are your greatest resource and treating them fairly and providing them with opportunities to grow will help you achieve your ideas and hit your business goals. Managing staff takes time and requires specific skills. HR is an area of expertise many business owners lack. Consequences of poor HR can be costly to any business and can damage reputation as an employer.

How do I know I'm getting value for money?

Each of our consultants is CIPD qualified, or has equivalent experience in real life, or in most cases, both! So it is worth considering the quality of the support you will get from working with us. We know HR and can ensure your people are taken care of in the right way, saving you time and money on potential costly mistakes. By working with us, you get a nominated consultant who will really get to know you and your business; in addition, you could also have access to our wider team of experts.

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