Business Solutions to HR Problems
We solve HR problems for employers.
We are a dedicated team of experienced, qualified HR Consultants. We take away the headache of employment legislation that ties all organisations in knots.
Typically our clients are SMEs based in the South East and East Anglia, although we have many others across the country. We don’t stop them from acting, we enable them to make the practical, commercial decisions that are best for their business.
And we give them the support and the expertise to stay ahead of the HR minefield letting them concentrate on their day job - developing their businesses.
"We're hands on - you're hands free"
“I’ve worked with BackupHR since I took over responsibility for the Trust and wouldn’t consider using anyone else now."
“We think of BackupHR as part of our management team – I value their advice and honesty, and often use them as a sounding board.”
“When HR was given to me to run alongside finance, BackupHR proved absolutely crucial to managing this effectively.”
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Latest News Archive
|Training: New Alliance with Milne Marketing|
BackupHR, the HR Support and Employment Law consultancy, have announced a strategic alliance with Milne Marketing, the Health and Safety specialists.
Cathy Norton, Director of BackupHR commented “We are really looking forward to working closely with Milne Marketing, who have been in Health & Safety Training and Consulting for over 32 years. We have come together to make sure that all our clients have access to HR Support, Employment Law advice, expert Health & Safety advice and an extensive range of training courses, unrivalled in the East Anglia region.”
BackupHR is pleased to welcome any Milne Marketing client with one free introductory 20 minute consultation on any HR or Employment Law problem they are currently encountering.
If interested in knowing more about the company, click Milne Marketing. If you wish to see what training courses they are currently running, click Training Courses.
Published Mar 28, 2013 - 04:06 PM
|October & November 2013|
The Essential Guide to Absence Management
Every organisation is having to review its costs, now more than ever! In addition, the law on disability and unfair dismissal has become even more challenging for employers. Managing the costs of absenteeism - sick pay, lost productivity, morale etc - is an essential management skill. Dealing with the disruptive value of having unreliable staff throwing regular “sickies” can also make a difference to how successful you are perceived to be as a Manager.
Published Mar 26, 2013 - 11:08 AM
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|June & July 2013|
The Essential Guide to Discipline & Dismissal
A recent Government study has revealed that organisations which view employment law as burdensome often do so as a lack of understanding of the law. Dismissal processes in particularly are seen as stressful and costly. This course aims to dispel such misconceptions about the disciplinary process. Would you or your colleagues benefit from attending a practical half-day course on how to discipline and dismiss employees fairly that is easily accessible and not expensive?
Published Mar 26, 2013 - 11:07 AM
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|April & May 2013|
Difficult Situations - A Manager's Guide
Do you dread handling those difficult situations at work?
Do you put off dealing with those difficult team members?
Do you want to turn difficult situations into a positive and successful outcome?
BackupHR recognises that dealing with difficult situations at work can be stressful and time consuming. However, the ability to manage these effectively is key to successful management and leadership. By attending our half day Difficult Situations - A Manager's Guide' course you will learn practical tips on how to better handle a range of situations and people, thereby securing meaningful and lasting solutions, and becoming a more effective manager.
Published Feb 26, 2013 - 03:07 PM
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|Briefing: HSE begins charging for their Services|
We have previously alerted clients that the Health & Safety Executive, HSE, would start charging employers under certain circumstances. This newsletter is a brief reminder that the HSE new cost recovery scheme, Fee for Intervention (FFI), came into force on Monday, 1st October 2012. Fee for Intervention it is believed will provide a further incentive for businesses to manage health and safety effectively, operate within the law, and, help level the playing field between those who comply and those who don't, although time will tell as to whether that proves to be the case.
Published Feb 22, 2013 - 11:58 AM
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|Briefing: Employment Law Update - 2013|
New Statutory Figures
The annual increase in compensation limits has been announced. The new limits are applicable where the event that gives rise to the award or payment occurs on or after 1st February 2013 and are:
- £450.00 - the maximum amount of a week's pay for calculating statutory redundancy pay and the basic award; (up from £430.00)
- £13,500.00 - the maximum statutory redundancy payment or basic award i.e. 30 weeks; and
- £74,200.00 - the maximum compensatory award which can be made for unfair dismissal (up from £72,300.00).
Published Feb 22, 2013 - 11:55 AM
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|Briefing: Interns - Working through the Internship Issues|
Interns - What are they?
Three years ago, if asked the question "What is the difference between an intern and a volunteer?" then quite frankly any answer was likely to be vague. Even now, after due consideration, the issue of interns can lead to some difficult areas of employment law. It is quite a new development as there are now many interns doing what would traditionally have been termed Graduate Trainee jobs. Over a third (37%) of internships are currently unpaid, according to research by the CIPD and is probably higher than that when smaller employers are taken into account. Although some employers still see internships as a source of cheap labour, many employers now recognise that taking a more professional approach to training programmes and temporary placements makes them an invaluable recruitment tool.
Published Feb 22, 2013 - 11:52 AM
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|Briefing: Yet More Holiday & Sickness Problems|
In Newsletter 31 (February 2010) we reported on legal developments in the area of holiday pay and sick pay and the two separate but linked issues of holiday accrual during long term sickness and what to do about people who are (or claim to be) sick whilst on holiday. We provided guidance which said; do not be panicked by headlines, deal with problems and watch this space because the law is still not clear. Sadly the law whilst still not as clear as we might wish is becoming increasingly solidified.
Published Feb 22, 2013 - 11:46 AM
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|Briefing: The Pensions Bill - Auto Enrolment|
The Government have introduced legislation to get more people saving for their future. This will mean that all employers are required to automatically enrol certain employees into a qualifying workplace pension scheme (QWPS) and make contributions into it.
Changes will begin to take effect from October 2012 but it is unlikely that most of our clients will be affected until much later as the date will be determined by the number of employees, as detailed below. The date the employer duties first apply is known as their 'staging date'. Each employer must identify their own staging date (the date when a Qualifying Workplace Pension must be in place) and ensure they have everything in place for it. The formula is based on the number of people in an employer's Pay As You Earn (PAYE) scheme on 1 April 2012. If an employer has more than one PAYE scheme then the staging date will be based on the numbers within the largest scheme. Any changes to the size of the workforce after 1 April 2012 will not affect the staging date.
Published Feb 22, 2013 - 11:40 AM
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|Briefing: Can you be rid of RIDDOR?|
The rather inelegantly entitled RIDDOR, which stands for the equally inelegant Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations, was introduced in 1995 and brought together a whole load of disparate reporting requirements from different industries under one statutory umbrella.
We regularly get asked about it, even from clients who do not take our health and safety service, and so we thought we might distil some of this advice in our newsletter.
Published Nov 29, 2012 - 04:21 PM
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