All HR Support

Our HR consultants have many years of HR and employment law experience across a wide range of industry sectors, so there aren't many things we haven't seen before. Listed below are just a few of the common issues we help our clients with. If you can't find what you're looking for, or aren't even sure what you need, just get in touch, as we're confident that we'll be able to help you too.

Absence Management

Absence management is the process in supporting your business through planned or unplanned absence of your workforce. This could include sickness, injury or annual leave. Policies and procedures can be put in place to support your business through the following with notification procedures, payment terms and return to work support. It is important to have […]

Agency Workers

An agency worker often referred to as a ‘temp’ worker, will sign up for work through an employment business to work for a client. As the employer you are the client who may choose this arrangement for a flexible, quick or mutual solution to meet the needs of your business. Agency workers tend to work […]

Changing Terms & Conditions

There may come a time when legislation or your business has changed significantly and your current Contracts of Employment, Staff Handbook and policies need reviewing or updating. We are experienced in identifying what changes are required and rolling this out in line with legislation. We can advise and update the documentation and support you in […]

Contracts of Employment

Contracts of Employment and Staff Handbooks are key guidelines that build the relationship between employer and employee to ensure standards, safe working and mutual understanding of the business culture and expectations. Having this clear from the outset can help mitigate future issues and misunderstandings. In line with the Employment Rights Act (1996) an employer should […]


An organisation should ideally have a set of rules or code of conduct to inform staff of correct, legal and safe ways to act or perform at work. If an employee breaks a rule then an employer may choose to follow the disciplinary procedure. Sometimes it is beneficial to try to resolve the issue informally […]


Discrimination can unfortunately happen in your workplace and through a number of ways such as face to face, behind the computer, direct, indirect or in the form of harassment and victimisation. Whether an employee makes a claim, the employer discovers the situation or it continues unknown, we should be protecting our employees and putting in […]


Dismissal is when the employer terminates the employment relationship against the employee. Dismissal should be a last resort but sometimes it is unavoidable and the relationship must end this way. To comply with legislation and best practice, employers should carry out necessary investigations without unreasonable delay to establish the facts. It is important to manage […]


Downsizing refers to the process of a company reducing its number of employees, typically, downsizing involves making redundancies. Perhaps it deserves a different title as it is more than often about getting back to basics as opposed to just reducing the number of employees. There are a variety of strategies your company can adopt when […]

Employee Engagement

Employee engagement is an approach taken by an organisation that results in the right conditions for all employees, allowing them to work to their greatest potential, increasing their commitment to the organisations values and goals, also by motivating employees to contribute to the organisations overall success. Employee engagement is based on trust and the two […]

Employment Disputes

Arguments : confrontation : disagreements : tension : yelling : physical fight These are examples of employment disputes that can unfortunately happen between staff in the workplace. An employment dispute can be between team mates, cross-departmental or conversed seniority. It could be longstanding or a shorter stemmed reaction. Either way every dispute will be different […]

Employment Law

Think you need an employment lawyer to help you with with employment law issues? Think again! We’re not just qualified employment law experts, we offer practical, pragmatic boot-on-the-ground application of the law to support business objectives. We understand how intimidating employment legislation can be, and how difficult and stressful it is to effectively manage staff […]

Employment Status

The employment status for your employees is the type of working arrangement that you have set with them from the outset. This will identify both parties’ legal rights, responsibilities, obligations and the overall expectation. This should be agreed from the outset of the arrangement to avoid any uncertainty. You do not have to have your […]

Ending Employment

An employee’s relationship will have to end at some point with an employer. Whether this is through resignation, retirement, dismissal, redundancy or mutual termination of the contract. Each situation will require a different procedure or course of action which we can offer our advice and knowledge on to mitigate any risks or simply take the […]

Equal Pay

Equal pay is where men and women are employed to do the same job or of equivalent value and skill, then they must receive equal treatment in regards to their terms and conditions of employment. Note this is different from the Gender Pay Gap which refers to the differences in average of pay between men […]


A grievance is a concern, problem or complaint raised by an employee against their employer. It is ideal for an employer to have a grievance procedure in writing, commonly held within the staff handbook, contract of employment or held with additional company policies to help you manage this situation fairly and without delay. Contractually, you […]

HR Admin Support

We can help you with day-to-day HR admin support to keep your business running smoothly.

HR Documents

Having the correct HR Documentation in place from the outset can support HR compliance, keeping up to date with employment law but importantly setting out the expectations of the employee and the obligations from the employer. If HR documentation is not in place then this could result in outdated terms and conditions of employment, unfair […]

HR Policies & Procedures

Having the right policies and procedures in place from the outset is key to guiding your workforce and providing information on how to work safely, legally and in line with your business’ ethos. These will quite often be the grounding required to ensure smooth running through clarity and structure. By having policies and procedures in […]

HR Reviews

We call these 'HR reviews', but they're also known as 'HR health checks', 'employment law compliance audits', or the like. Our HR review service examines your current compliance with employment law and HR best practices. The HR review consists of a face-to-face meeting of around an hour with one of or HR experts. Following this, […]

Minimum Wage

The National Minimum Wage (NMW) is a minimum rate of pay that must be paid to workers, and is dependent upon the workers age. Additionally, workers aged over 25 years old will be entitled to the National Living Wage (NLW).  These rates are updated frequently by the government to keep in line with the cost […]


Redundancy can be a stressful time for both employers and employees. Some employees may handle the change well, whereas others may take time to come to terms with the change.Providing outplacement support at a time when most needed can help employees through the change process. It also ensures that those employees who remain following the redundancy recognise their employer has acted in a supportive and empathetic way.

Performance Management

Performance management is the process to help staff reach business objectives through optimal performance at work. Employees are a key asset to the successful running of your business, so it is important that your team is supported within their role and given the opportunities to develop and achieve results. Staff should be aware of the […]


At Loates HR Consultancy we understand the time constraints, pressures and steps it takes to fill a position or create a new role. Our experienced team are attentive to the finding the right person to fit your team. To help streamline the process for you, we are able to assist you with the following areas […]


Redundancy is when a business reduces a workforce because the need for the role is no longer required or the business (or part of the business) has ceased to operate. For example, this could be due to a downturn of work or a business restructure. This is a situation that unfortunately any business could go […]

Staff Handbooks

Contracts of Employment or specifically Written Statements of Particulars are a legal requirement to distribute to staff within two months of starting work. These will contain the contractual agreement between the employer and employee. There may however be further company policies and procedures that you feel do not belong in the Contract of Employment. These […]

TUPE Transfers

A TUPE, Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations, is when part or whole of an organisation is transferred to another employer. There are 2 types of transfers protected under the TUPE regulations: Business transfers - This is where a business or part of a business moves from one employer to another. Service provision changes […]

Unfair Dismissal

For a dismissal to be fair it must be for a fair reason i.e. conduct, capability, breach of the law, or redundancy; and the dismissal must have been dealt with fairly i.e. follow the correct process, with the correct notice and payments. Unfair dismissal can be claimed by an employee through an Employment Tribunal if […]


Whistleblowing is when a worker reports a certain type of wrongdoing. A whistleblower is protected by law and shouldn’t be treated unfairly or lose their job because they ‘blow the whistle’. A concern can be raised at any time about an incident that happened in the past, present, or is believed to happen in the near […]
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