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Legislation round-up

Legislation round-up

National Wage increases  The National Living Wage will increase by more than a pound an hour from April 2024, the Treasury has announced.  Chancellor Jeremy Hunt said that the pay threshold will rise from £10.42 per hour to £11.44, the  largest increase in more than a...

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Flexible Working Changes

Flexible Working Changes

The Government previously announced proposals to make changes to the Flexible Working Regulations. There was movement this week as the proposals have been passed in the House of Lords and are now awaiting Royal Assent – the final stage in the process. So, what does...

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Shared Parental Leave

Shared Parental Leave

If you’re expecting the pitter-patter of tiny feet sometime soon, adopting a child, fostering a child or using a surrogate to have a baby, the impact on your finances will certainly be on your list of things to consider. So have you considered Shared Parental Leave...

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Avoid the Stress; let us help with Wage Changes!

Avoid the Stress; let us help with Wage Changes!

The Government announced the rates of the National Living Wage (NLW) and National Minimum Wage (NMW), in their Autumn Budget, which are coming into force from April 2023.  As always, we are here to help make these changes as stress-free as possible for you and your...

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Top 10 Policies

Top 10 Policies

The Top 10  We’re not talking the music charts, but we’re talking about our guide to the Top 10 policies and procedures you should have in place.  First things first; it’s great to have written policies or procedures but you must make sure they’re up to date! A policy...

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Mind full? Try Mindful instead

Mind full? Try Mindful instead

As we head into 2023, can you believe how quick 2022 has gone and how much you have achieved? You should be proud of yourself, give yourself a pat on the back as you approach your well-earned Christmas break.  In today’s busy society, with the constant bombardment of...

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Bank Holidays and Part Time Staff

Bank Holidays and Part Time Staff

Part timers With the Christmas holiday season almost upon us, including the last Bank Holidays of the year, we’ve seen a spike in inquiries on how part-time staff are affected by entitlement to bank holiday leave, and it’s inspired us to share our thoughts with you. ...

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How to deal with the office GRINCH?

How to deal with the office GRINCH?

Christmas time in the office. How to deal with the office GRINCH? It’s full of Fa la la la la, la la la la and maybe a few bah humbugs! Decorating the office for Christmas will increase employees’ happiness and boost their morale! Or will it? Is there a Grinch in your...

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Neurodiversity in the workplace

Neurodiversity in the workplace

It is estimated that around one in seven people (more than 15 per cent of people in the UK) are neurodivergent, meaning that the brain functions, learns and processes information differently - so that means around 10 million people.  10 Million. We’ll leave that...

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Why outsource your HR?

Why outsource your HR?

Picture this; you’ve set up your own business, you’ve built it, you’ve scaled it, you’ve put in the hours, it’s your passion! Your team are a part of your extended family, you want to make sure they’re looked after fairly and in line with current legislation.  You...

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Menopause in the Workplace – we’re your HR(T) experts

Menopause in the Workplace – we’re your HR(T) experts

With over 1 million diagnosed cases of Menopause every year in the UK alone, do you have a menopause policy and have you considered your duties as an employer to support your employee? We read this recent case with interest – a successful discrimination claim brought...

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How to manage Flexible working/Hybrid working

How to manage Flexible working/Hybrid working

How to manage Flexible working/Hybrid working During the pandemic, businesses initially had to adapt to workers wanting to work from home and when we went into lockdown, this became a necessity. With life now returning to ‘normal’, we are seeing an increase in...

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Ways to boost employee morale in the workplace

Ways to boost employee morale in the workplace

Over the past few years, we have seen first-hand how important employee morale is in the workplace.  Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, our workforces were shifted to remote working, with many companies finding it difficult to lift their employees’ spirits amidst times...

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National Living Wage on the up!

National Living Wage on the up!

If you are responsible for paying staff you need to be aware of pay increases that have come into effect. Under the minimum wage legislation, employees must be paid at least the statutory minimum wage for their age or whether they are an apprentice. There are two...

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Meet our new team member Trinity

Meet our new team member Trinity

Meet our newest full-time team member, Trinity who has joined Spire HR in 2021. We are so excited to have her on board, and cannot wait to see what the new year will bring, now that our team has grown. So, over to Trinity to find out more about her. Why are you...

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Recruitment

Recruitment

Towards the back end of 2021, we saw a big shift in employee salaries and a general pattern of potential candidates wanting more from their employer. Hybrid working seems to be at the top of everyone’s wish list following the numerous lockdowns. According to the...

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How to address Covid-19 questions in the workplace

How to address Covid-19 questions in the workplace

Many business owners and managers are dealing with new and unfamiliar conversations in the workplace surrounding Covid-19. We’ve put together a helpful blog which covers conversations with staff about the vaccinations and other FAQs. How can I discuss vaccinations...

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Support for returning to the office

Support for returning to the office

It’s uncertain when and if we will ever fully get back to ‘normality’. For sure we feel that we will always be having a conversation with employers regarding Covid in some form in the future.  We have seen the coronavirus restrictions starting to ease and we are all...

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Proud to be working with iSupply Group!

Proud to be working with iSupply Group!

Proud to be working with iSupply Group! How to make customers happy… is it really a secret? They need a positive experience when interacting with brands. Essentially, experience even trumps the product itself (a bit like Apple). They want to do business with brands...

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National Minimum Wage Increase

National Minimum Wage Increase

National Minimum Wage Increase The National Living Wage (NLW), known as ‘Minimum Working Wage’ is a set hourly rate that all workers in the UK are entitled to be paid. The amount depends on your age and whether you are an apprentice. As an employer, it is a violation...

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What Brexit changes do you need to be aware of?

What Brexit changes do you need to be aware of?

End of free movement for EU nationals On the 1st of January 2021, free movement for all EU nationals ended and the UK introduced a point-based immigration system.  The system treats EU and non-EU citizens equally.   Anyone coming into the UK to work needs to ensure...

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Why appraisals are essential to business growth

Why appraisals are essential to business growth

With a new year comes new opportunities, new chances for growth, and positive change! It’s very important to hold regular Personal Development Plans (PDPs) with your staff to make sure they are on the right track. Some businesses opt for once a year, but every 6...

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How can your company increase productivity in 2021?

How can your company increase productivity in 2021?

It’s safe to say it’s been a strange year. Although it’s very likely that coronavirus is still going to have a huge impact on our everyday lives in 2021, we can plan ahead and do everything we can as company managers/directors to keep our businesses productive and our...

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Tips for managing stress in the workplace

Tips for managing stress in the workplace

We all know what it feels like to feel a bit stressed and it’s normal to feel under pressure at time but it’s important to reduce stress factors where possible and manage our stress levels. Becoming overwhelmed by stress can lead to mental health problems or even lead...

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Tips on supporting mental health in the workplace

Tips on supporting mental health in the workplace

World Mental Health Day is coming up on the 10th of October this year and, unfortunately, a lot of employees and employers are experiencing difficult times and uncertainty this year. That’s why we’ve put together some ways you can actively support mental health in the...

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What are the benefits of outsourcing your HR?

What are the benefits of outsourcing your HR?

Here at Spire, we are a team of highly qualified and knowledgeable HR experts with a deep understanding of employment law. Our skills vary from employment contracts to managing disciplinarians as well as any other enquiries on your journey as an employer. Whether you...

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Providing HR Support to Warrington Mortgage Centre

Providing HR Support to Warrington Mortgage Centre

We at Spire HR are a local company based in Warrington who specialise in helping companies with advice, support, payroll, recruiting, and more. Luckily for us, we’re not limited to working within a particular industry and have experience working with a range of...

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Advice for managers who have staff returning to work

Advice for managers who have staff returning to work

Whilst many of us are due to return to work after the COVID-19 outbreak, we are all treading unprecedented times and potentially sensitive conversations. We at Spire HR have put together some tips on how to work safely and securely as well as our best tips and advice...

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Why HR shouldn’t be an afterthought

Why HR shouldn’t be an afterthought

As you will know, we are all going through big changes right now – both in our professional and personal lives. The current situation we are facing is new to all of us, which is why it is important that if you are a business owner you are making the best decisions...

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Recent changes in employment law

Recent changes in employment law

A potential business and HR headache, it’s just some of the things that can be expected when changes in employment law are introduced. That’s exactly what has happened following the recent changes in April 2020, as businesses around the country have to tweak and...

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The impact of the coronavirus in the workplace

COVID-19, otherwise known as coronavirus has been instilling fear across the world as the disease continues to spread, but just how will that impact the workplace? With confirmed cases constantly on the rise, it can be a big worry having to share confined spaces with...

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Low unemployment rate

Low-unemployment ratio. Is it more difficult to employ the best people for the job? How can people overcome the challenge of employment?   3.8%.   That's the current unemployment rate in the UK.   It's the lowest the rate has been for 45 years - mighty...

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Disability Awareness Day. Equality awareness.

I was happy to attend the world’s largest not-for-profit disability exhibition recently. It’s a matter close to my heart having a father with a disability. On July 14th around 250 exhibitors descended on Walton Gardens in Warrington to promote a culture of what...

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How to tackle work-related stress

Advice for people managers during National Stress Awareness Month Do you know how to start a conversation about work-related stress? Nearly 600,000 UK workers suffered from work pressures, anxiety or depression in 2017-18 according to figures released by the...

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The Good Work Plan: Are you ready?

Are you in a position to give new employees a written statement of terms on their first day of work? If not, you could fall foul of proposed legislation set to be implemented on 6 April 2020. Dubbed “the largest upgrade in workers’ rights in over a generation” by The...

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Banter and bullying: Managing the fine line at work

When does ‘banter’ become workplace bullying? As a people manager, could you recognise the signs and do you know how to tackle it compassionately and legally? That’s the question Spire HR are asking this Anti-Bullying Week, which has a core theme of ‘Choose Respect’....

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Tribunal claims on the rise following abolition of fees

Has the number of outstanding employment tribunals increased in your workplace? If so, you’re far from alone… One year on since tribunal fees were abolished, their number has more than doubled according to official statistics from The Ministry of Justice – leaving...

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It’s our Birthday!

Spire HR Solutions is 8 years old today. Where has the time gone? In the last 8 years we have helped a multitude of companies, ranging from 4 employees to 4000, in various different industries. Whether it's a charity, a multinational company or a new start up we have...

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Can I refuse an annual leave request?

Most of us are either counting down to our pre-booked summer holidays or researching last-minute deals. You’ll certainly have both types of workers on your team: people who plan their annual leave requests meticulously, and those who like to ‘chance their arm’ with a...

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Spire HR proud to be celebrating the Festival of Learning

Originally known as Adult Learners’ Week, the Festival of Learning takes place from 18-24 June and is an annual celebration of lifelong learning in England. Now in its twenty-sixth year, the festival’s principal aims are to champion the cause of adult education and...

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Holiday pay on commission ruling

The Court of Appeal has today ruled that individual sales-related commission should be included in the calculation of statutory holiday pay (4 weeks leave as derived from the Working Time Directive). This was decided in the case of Lock v British Gas Trading Ltd and...

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National Minimum Wage changes

With effect from 1st October 2016 the following minimum wage rates will apply:   The rate for workers aged 21 to 24 years will increase to £6.95 per hour The development rate for 18 to 20 year olds will increase to £5.55 per hour The rate for 16 to 17 year olds...

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Spotlight on …… MyHRtoolkit

Do you hold all of your staff data on excel spreadsheets? Is it a laborious task to update your holiday records each week/month? Are your employee personal contact details likely to be out of date? If the answer is yes to any of the above then we have a solution just...

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New ACAS code of practice – Right to Representation

The new ACAS code of practice on Disciplinary and Grievance procedures came in to force on 11th March 2015. The new code was issued following uncertainty regarding workers’ statutory rights to be accompanied by a Trade Union Representative or fellow worker at...

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Travelling time is working time!

It was recently held by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) that travel to and from a temporary workplace from home is to be classed as Working time for the purposes of the Working Time Directive. The case of Federacion de Servicios Privados del...

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Pensions & auto-enrolment

Are you aware of pension auto-enrolment? Do you know when it affects you? As we have previously reported, the 1st October 2012 was the first staging date for the pension roll out. Employers with over 120,000 employees had a legal obligation to automatically enroll...

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As we had recently come up against some difficult staffing issues which we had not experienced before, Ellen Parkin at Spire HR was recommended to us by one of our business partners to guide and assist us with the complex HR legalities we needed to adhere to.

Ellen was very efficient and professional and gave us instant confidence that she would be able to competently provide the help we needed. Ellen was readily accessible via email or telephone throughout the whole process and gave us the vital lifeline we needed during a very emotive and stressful time. Spire HR realised that as an SME, we had to balance the commercial viability for HR consultancy with the expertise and guidance we needed and Ellen was open and honest from the outset, providing a cost-effective and professional service. I would therefore have no hesitation in recommending Spire HR to anyone.

 

We are too small to justify a full-time HR employee; yet we cannot afford to ‘get it wrong’ The excellent service offered by Spire HR Solutions is the perfect solution for us

 

AGP have used Spire HR Solutions Limited for numerous matters relating to HR issues for both ourselves and clients of the practice. I have always found them to be extremely knowledgeable and helpful and to be very responsive to our needs.

Spire is now the practice’s first point of contact for any HR issues we encounter and I would certainly recommend them to anyone in need of assistance with any HR matters.

 

Ellen has helped streamline procedures and provide greater controls through her extensive knowledge and professional dedication, which has enabled me to concentrate on my main objective, growing the business.

I would say ‘key’ to her service is the confidence she provides with the HR guidance, I know without doubt that when dealing with my employees I follow the correct procedure and staff feel confident that they have the right HR support. The guidance on our bonus structure and appraisal scheme is one of many examples in which Ellen’s guidance has been invaluable.

I have been pleased with work Ellen has done for us and would not hesitate to recommend her to others. She provides a high quality, professional service and is very responsive to the needs of a small, growing organisation.