Business Solutions to HR Problems

We solve your HR problems.

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.”


For more information: Nova Huggins · 07584 482961 · 01480 677980 · info@backuphr.com

Latest News Archive

Ice Bucket Challenge at Work leads to Dismissal
It was reported recently that a man was dismissed for taking the ice bucket challenge at work. For those few of you who have managed to miss it; it is the craze that has seen millions of people across the globe, including many celebrities; pour ice-filled buckets of water over themselves to raise awareness and funds for motor neurone disease and subsequently, other charities.
Published Sep 09, 2014 - 04:19 PM
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TUPE and Changes to Place of Work
A recent judgment from the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) casts light on the always tricky issues of when and how far an employer can move (relocate) employees due to the changing business needs of the employer.
Published Sep 08, 2014 - 11:08 AM
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Increases to National Minimum Wage from October 2014
From 1 October 2014 there will be increases to minimum wage rates (NMW):
Published Aug 31, 2014 - 09:00 AM
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Top Ten Tips on How To Avoid Grievances
Grievances in most organisations tend to be far less frequent than disciplinaries and should not be confused with the appeal process. It is important that all employers have a clearly laid down Grievance Procedure as, like the disciplinary process, it is a legal requirement that employees know what it is. We recommend that it is contained within the Handbook of Employment Procedures. Not all grievances are a 'bad thing' as they may alert employers to a problem which properly resolved leads to an improvement in performance. Most grievances however can be time consuming and aggravate an already problematic working relationship. So a formal grievance can make matters even worse. So how do you avoid them?
Published Aug 29, 2014 - 03:14 PM
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Why use External Trainers?
We are often asked what are the benefits of using external trainers rather than using internal trainers, or asking a member of staff to run some training.
While the obvious benefit of using internal staff for training is the cost, this has to be carefully weighed against what type of training is needed and what you are looking achieve for both the attendees and the organisation from any training.
Published Aug 29, 2014 - 03:00 PM
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2014 Minimum Wage Rates & Rehabilitation of Offenders

2014 Minimum Wage Rates & Rehabilitation of Offenders


New Minimum Wage Rates for 2014

From 1 October 2014 there will be an increase to minimum wage rates:

• Adult rate - rising from £6.31 to £6.50 (an increase of 3%)
• 18-20 year old rate - rising from £5.03 to £5.13 (an increase of 2%)
• 16-17 year old rate - rising from £3.72 to £3.79 (an increase of 2%)
• Apprentice rate - rising from £2.68 to £2.73 (an increase of 2%)

These increases signify the first increase to the real value of the minimum wage since 2008.
Published Jul 29, 2014 - 02:36 PM
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Obesity and Discrimination
A case has been brought in the European Court of Justice (ECJ) to determine whether obesity can be a disability under EU discrimination law. The claimant, who is obese (25 stone), was a child-minder for a local authority in Denmark. He was dismissed because his obesity meant he was unable to perform his duties, including on one occasion when he needed a colleague's help to tie a child's shoelace. He is arguing that this amounts to disability discrimination.
Published Jul 24, 2014 - 08:00 AM
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Zero Hours Contracts Update
About a year ago, the issue of zero-hours contracts became highly contentious. Research showed that there could be more than a million workers on such contracts, where work is not guaranteed. This triggered headlines about the exploitation of workers.
Published Jul 23, 2014 - 09:00 AM
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Should Holiday Pay include Commission?
The European Court of Justice has recently ruled in Lock v British Gas Trading Limited that holiday pay paid to workers should include commission, if it is regular enough to be a part of their normal income. This is about ensuring that workers are not discouraged from taking their holiday by losing out financially as a result.
Published Jul 22, 2014 - 02:28 PM
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Briefing: If the HSE charge for more services, will SMEs stop seeking advice altogether?
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published its annual report and accounts for 2013/14, detailing the work the safety watchdog has undertaken in the financial year.
Published Jul 15, 2014 - 09:00 AM
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