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
|Early Conciliation - New Rules|
The Employment Tribunals (Early Conciliation : Exemptions and Rules of Procedure) have been published, confirming that Early Conciliation (EC) will come into force on 6th April 2014. Under the new rules, anyone wishing to file an employment tribunal claim will need to notify ACAS first before issuing a tribunal claim, albeit there is no obligation to actually engage in conciliation.
Published Mar 03, 2014 - 04:36 PM
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|Dispelling Work-Related Stress Myths!|
The so-called stress epidemic has become a headline favourite in recent years. Many column inches are taken up highlighting how we are all under too much pressure at work. Stress has become the catch-all word to justify poor performance and sickness absences.
Published Feb 17, 2014 - 11:53 AM
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|Extension of Flexible Working|
ACAS has finalised its code of practice and guidance for handling flexible working requests. The right to request flexible working will be extended to all employees, not just those caring for a child or an adult in need of care. But the Government has delayed the start date of 6 April 2014 to ‘later’ this year.
Published Feb 10, 2014 - 02:42 PM
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BUSINESS RISKS FROM WORK-RELATED DRIVING
Don't be the April Fool that misses coming to this course!
Every employer has people who undertake some form of work-related driving either regularly or periodically. More organisations are moving away from company vehicles to allowances and grey fleet as they think there is less risk and cost. Yet the numbers of employees killed whilst undertaking work related driving far exceeds all other work based fatalities. Whatever your organisation does, if you don’t properly manage road risks, you are potentially facing serious business, legal, employment, safety and ethical costs, as well as loss of reputation.
Published Feb 05, 2014 - 12:22 PM
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|April & May 2014|
EMPLOYMENT LAW IN PRACTICE
What are the pitfalls of not having contractual documentation?
Do employees seem to know more about their rights than you do?
Do you know what are the most important employment procedures are and why?
BackupHR recognises that many organisations employ people “on the hoof” and only issue them with a brief offer letter, having got all good intentions of following up at a later stage but never do. Despite Claimant’s now having to pay to bring a claim against their employer, Tribunals are swamped - to the point that some cases are taking years to resolve rather than months! For an organisation this could potentially mean having to put your business on hold, not only in terms of finances but also management focus.
Published Feb 05, 2014 - 12:08 PM
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|Maximum Fines £20,000 for non payment of National Minimum Wage|
The Department for Business Innovation and Skills has announced an increase in the financial penalty on employers who fail to pay the national minimum wage (NMW). This penalty will now increase to £20,000 from February 2014.
The Government has confirmed that employers who fail to pay their workers the NMW will face an increased financial penalty of up to 100% of the unpaid wages and a higher maximum penalty of up to £20,000. The draft Regulations 2014 introducing these new limits are subject to Parliamentary approval but are expected to come into force in February 2014. The Government also intends to legislate at the earliest opportunity so that the maximum £20,000 penalty can apply to each underpaid worker.
Published Jan 24, 2014 - 04:25 PM
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|Social Media and Pre Employment Checks|
New guidance for employers on what constitutes good practice when conducting pre-employment checks on job applicants has been released by the CIPD, the professional body for HR people.
This alert focuses on the debate over the right to privacy associated with employers checking job applicants’ activity on social media websites such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter during the recruitment process.
Published Jan 21, 2014 - 03:00 PM
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|Pensions Auto Enrolment gets Closer!|
Automatic Enrolment started for the biggest employers back in October of last year and so far, no employer with less than 2,000 employees will have reached their staging date.
Published Jan 07, 2014 - 12:22 PM
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|Reasonable Adjustments and Disability|
It has been unlawful to discriminate against disabled people for nearly 20 years but the law is still probably the most difficult to apply of any category of discrimination. Leaving aside difficulties over determining who is or is not disabled the most important and tricky part of the law is the employer's duty to make reasonable adjustments. The duty to make reasonable adjustments now falls in the Equality Act 2010, which superseded the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA), and came into force on 1 October 2010.
Published Jan 07, 2014 - 12:19 PM
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|Driving in Bad Weather|
Many employers have been rather slow to recognise work related driving as a major risk factor to employees. The HSE has now made it clear that employers have duties to manage the risks faced by their workers on the road. This includes not just professional drivers, but any employee who is required to travel as part of their normal job duties.
Published Dec 17, 2013 - 02:26 PM
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