What could you do with less stress and more hours in your day?

As the owner of a small business there will be occasions when you need extra help managing your employees.

Outsourcing some of your HR responsibilities to a qualified HR professional can help you to concentrate on what you do best – leading your small business to achieve positive results.

If you are a business owner, time is your most precious resource. You are busy growing your business and every second counts. Sometimes you are pulled in so many different directions you feel like you are not giving some activities your full attention. That’s when pieces of your business fall through the cracks, causing you even more stress!

As a business owner your primary concern will be revenue generating activities and deciding how to structure your business, then recruiting the right people into the right jobs at the right time are intensive time consuming tasks that take you away from running your business. It doesn’t stop there though as once you start employing people you not only have to keep on top of new employment legislation but you have to decide how to correctly interpret that legislation in the day to day operations of your business!

Whether you employ one person or 100 you will come up against employee issues. If you are the HR hat wearer in your business but have no formal HR training then you will no doubt be spending a significant amount of your time fire fighting employee issues and worrying about the decisions you have to make.

If you are spending a significant proportion of your time on non-revenue generating activities such as HR Management then it may be time to consider outsourcing part or all of your HR responsibilities to an expert so that you can focus on your core business activities.

I practice what I preach! As the owner of a small business myself I focus on the work that I am passionate about and outsource all the other stuff that I’m not so keen on.

Legislation News and HR Top Tips

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Top Tips for Managers of People
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Bereavement Leave and Pay (Stillborn and Miscarried Babies) Bill

The Disciplinary Hearing Holiday Entitlement and Pay for Term-time Only Workers

The Bereavement Leave and Pay (Stillborn and Miscarried Babies) Bill was read for the first time in the House of Commons on 19 October 2021 by Sarah Owen. The Bill will receive its second reading in the House of Commons on 25 February 2021.

The aim of the Bill is to extend the rights under the Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Regulation to the parents who experience a stillbirth or miscarriage in the early stages of pregnancy.

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Holding a Disciplinary Hearing with an employee you suspect of misconduct is a key element of the ACAS Code of Practice into Disciplinary and Grievance Matters. The Disciplinary Hearing is part of a fair procedure, whereby individuals are given the right to state their case before a decision is made.

Read my advice to planning the disciplinary hearing.

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Should holiday entitlement and pay for ‘part-year’ workers (e.g. Term-time Only Workers) be calculated on a pro rata basis?

No, held the Court of Appeal in The Harpur Trust v Brazel.

The Court of Appeal said that these workers must receive at least 5.6 weeks holiday entitlement even if they only work part of the year.

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By outsourcing your HR responsibilities to me you will be free to manage your business.

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  • Jamie OlliventOperations Director, Regional Media, Rotherham

    Kathryn’s knowledge, expertise and professionalism has been absolutely vital to our business since we chose to use her services. As well as advising us through the Covid ‘minefield’ she has produced a complete up-to-date employee handbook, re-written individual contracts for all staff members and has been a trusted advisor to myself and fellow directors as we have restructured our business to meet today’s challenges.

  • Jeanette LevickGeneral Manager, The Fairway Inn, Sheffield

    I began using Kea HR in January 2019 when I had two particularly complex HR problems to deal with. Kathryn guided me through both matters efficiently was very supportive at every step of the way and helped me reach my desired outcome in both situations. Kathryn has helped me resolve a number of HR problems since then and was particularly supportive while we navigated the furlough scheme when the business closed completely and subsequently supported our gradual return to work. Kathryn understood my business and culture, her approach was professional and her advice was based on common sense, not just employment legislation. I am extermely pleased with everything she has done for me and would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone requiring reliable, practical and sound HR advice.

  • Rachel RoddisDirector, RLD Cleaning Services Limited, Worksop

    I recently engaged Kathryn to produce a contract of employment for my business. She produced a master document for a full time employee and two variations for different working patterns I have within the business. The service Kathryn provided was excellent and she was very easy to talk to and helpful. I would definitely recommend here.

  • Richard GrahamDirector, Sebbin, Amersham, Buckinghamshire

    Kathryn recently supported me through a complicated disciplinary matter that resulted in the dismissal of an employee. She provided a great service and was very supportive throughout. I thoroughly recommend her.

  • Darren WoodFinancial Advisor, Ethos Financial Solutions

    I have known Kathryn for many years now and I have dealt with several of her clients and all have nothing but good words to say about Kathryn. I would not hesitate in recommending Kathryn as she is knowledgeable and is able to communicate easily with all levels of staff.

  • Sarah-Jane HeppenstallDirector, Little Freddies Day Nursery, Penistone, Sheffield

    Kea HR were recommended to us recently to support a particularly complex and sensitive situation that was happening in our business. Kathryn quickly understood the business, our culture and the consequences of dealing with this matter appropriately. Her approach was professional and her advice was based on common sense as well as employment legislation. I would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone requiring reliable, practical and sound HR advice.

  • Ralph WalkerPartner, The Journey Centre, Rotherham

    We had reached a point in our well established but small business, which to date was only operating with the founding two partners, that to grow it further and take advantage of the many opportunities we were regularly having to put aside we needed to recruit someone to assist us.

    The person we were looking for needed to have a variety of experience and an ability to switch between the many roles that a small business such as ours often demands. The main skill we required however was the capability to move our IT and web involvement forward as this area was very weak as both the partners had only self taught experience.

    From the initial discussions with Kathryn outlining our thoughts just prior to Christmas 2015 we now, in early February 2016 have that person working with us who has already started to develop the weak areas of our business. The person Kathryn has found from the many applicants we had for the job appears to all the right credentials and also comes with experience of our industry which was a huge bonus, as it means he has 'hit the ground running' without the need for extensive initial training.

    Well done Kathryn...., we never thought it could all have happened so quickly, which is really good as it gives the us all the necessary time to get things in place before we reach our peak season. Thanks also for guiding us through the complications of employing someone and the contract you produced.

  • Irene MoranDirector, Towing Centres (UK), Rotherham

    We began working with Kathryn in 2011 on a pay as you go basis. At that point we wanted a second opinion on our contract of employment and weren’t really sure, with 20 staff, that we needed a HR Manager. Since then her knowledge and speedy response to situations has proved invaluable and we now have an annual agreement with her. That means for an agreed monthly fee she takes control of everything HR related for us from ensuring our contracts and HR policies protect our business and remain legally compliant and supporting us with recruiting new members of staff to providing expert professional legal advice with disciplinary matters, absence management and much more. Our staff describe Kathryn as friendly, efficient and fair. Kathryn makes herself available when we need her and doesn’t let us sit on information that needs a decision from us.

    The service offers good value for money, is high quality and is proving effective at addressing and resolving HR issues and improving routine processes. We would be pleased to recommend Kathryn to other employers.

  • Sharron WoodDirector, Goldglaze Limited, Barnsley

    Kathryn has provided my Company with practical, helpful and friendly advice on various employment issues over the last few years. When I contact her for advice she always provides the employment documents I need and they are always easy to understand and implement. Even in a small business like ours issues crop up that we are not sure how to resolve and when they do it’s reassuring to know that Kathryn is just a phone call away. I have no hesitation in recommending Kathryn to any company requiring expert Human Resources help and advice.

  • Richard RedfearnDirector, Autoways (1931) Limited, Sheffield

    Kathryn’s Online HR Department is a great service. I receive regular updates on pending legislative changes which assist me with keeping up to date and the well written documents ensure we are prepared before new legislation is implemented. The documents are easy to complete and modify to allow for own branding and some personalisation. I would recommend the service to any owner of a small business.

  • Catherine PotterDirector, Potters of Barnsley, Barnsley

    I have subscribed to Kathryn’s Online HR Department for a few years now and have always found the website clear and easy to navigate and the supporting documents are simple and straightforward to download and implement. When I have contacted Kathryn to ask about certain documents or situations that are happening in my business I have always received a quick turn-around time on my emails or phone calls. I have recommended this service to my network of contacts that run small to medium size companies.

  • Allan MillburnManaging Director, IT Installations, Sheffield

    We recently went through a TUPE situation on a BT contract and found Kathryn a great help in something that was very new to us. Kathryn also provides ongoing support to our HR Manager, and I would recommend any company to use her.

  • Reg DhirmanDirector, Ashtec Consulting, Leicester

    Kathryn has been excellent, her support to deal with a recent disciplinary matter has been detailed and purely brilliant. I will definitely be using her services again.

  • Annabel Stonehouse-DavisSenior Recruitment Consultant, A for Appointments, Sheffield

    I feel fortunate enough to have known Kathryn for many years (10 years + ?!) and within that time I have witnessed her career change and develop into who she is now, a successful self employed business woman. Yet Kathryn always remains a kind, approachable and warm person. She is incredibly knowledgable and an expert in the field of HR, a role which she delivers with the upmost professionalism. I would recommend her services to anyone who seeks a friendly, high calibre individual in whom they can put 100% trust. I hope to continue to work with Kathryn well into the next 10 years!

  • Sarah HazeldineHR Manager, Barnsley Hospice, Barnsley

    We have an employment protection insurance policy but in one particularly complex case we did not feel we were receiving the answers we wanted to hear so we asked Kathryn for a second opinion. She met with us and reviewed the case, the next day she provided a report which explained the financial risks to the business if we went ahead without the backing of the insurance company. This enabled us to make a fully informed decision that was right for our business.

  • Linda GornallGeneral Manager, Direct Trade (Yorkshire) Limited, Doncaster

    Direct Trade has been associated with Kathryn for the past 8 years having used the services of Kea HR Solutions since the business was launched in April 2006. Kathryn’s up to date knowledge of employment law legislation and sound, simple advice have enabled Direct Trade to concentrate on running our business knowing that we will always get the best advice in any personnel issues from her.

  • Pepe TozzoDirector, Capex Health, Barnsley

    Kathryn provided me with HR consultancy during a particularly difficult time. The company was hiring and firing at an intense rate so our HR policy had to be solid, defensible and swift to operate. Without Kathryn we would have come unstuck on many occasions and I was very impressed with the swiftness with which we received responses and dependable advice.

  • Carrie GoodwinGroup Communications Manager, Crown Prosecution Service, South Yorkshire and Humberside

    Kathryn is everything you need in a HR adviser. She is approachable, accessible, incredibly knowledgeable, and when things get tough she is indestructible. Definitely the woman to have on hand to provide proactive HR direction and reactive HR guidance.

  • Janet ClaytonSenior HR Advisor, Crown Prosecution Service, Northern Region

    Kathryn worked with the CPS on a Consultancy basis while the HR team went through a period of change. Kathryn is reliable, knowledgeable and her customers spoke highly of the level of support she provided to them. She is a good team player and was always willing to assist the other HR Advisors with their cases and workload.

  • Andrew NikerOperations Manager, Nupark, Rotherham

    Kathryn and I both provided Consultancy support to Care UK, specifically the establishment of the GP and Out Of Hours Services within the Rotherham Community Health Centre. It was a complex project which required someone with a good knowledge of HR practice and employment/TUPE expertise in particular. Kathryn quickly established herself as the focal point for all HR related activity and her knowledge and hard work allowed issues to be resolved in a timely fashion. Kathryn’s tremendous organisational skills along with the ability to prioritise issues ensured that the project was completed on time and within budget.

  • Stuart McClarnanDirector, SJM Fresh Produce, Sheffield

    I recently had a HR situation develop which I didn’t know how to handle and Kathryn provided practical advice which resolved the situation quickly. I also realised through talking to Kathryn that I needed employment contracts for my staff and she implemented a solution that met with current legislation and protected my business. Kathryn also provided us with a simple Employee Handbook which means that my employees now know where to look for information, rather than asking me, and it gives me peace of mind that they all receive exactly the same information, avoiding confusion. The service I have received has been efficient and friendly and I would certainly recommend Kathryn to guide you in the right direction or for reviews of your current contracts of employment.

  • Robert JohnsonDirector, Johnson Estates Limited, Doncaster

    Kathryn makes herself available, for even the smallest of queries, and provides helpful support and assistance in the ever changing area of employment regulations. Given that HR can be complicated, Kathryn presents her advice in a concise and understandable manner and I have no hesitation in recommending her.

  • Matthew YoungManaging Director, Integrity Property Management, London

    I endorse Kathryn for HR consulting and HR support. When I required her help, the advice she provided was spot on, delivered within time and on budget.