Welcome to achieveHR
achieveHR provides online, 24/7 access to a wide range of employment law and HR documents that support and complement the specialist legal advice our experienced solicitors provide. This comprehensive library provides key documentation needed to fulfil your HR tasks at the click of a button such as template letters, flowcharts to guide you through processes such as disciplinary and grievance, access to training events and articles and much more.
The service also allows you to set a retainer for regular legal support that’s right for your business. The retainer service provides the certainty of a set monthly or quarterly bill, with the same access to a team of qualified and experienced employment law specialists complemented with a comprehensive library of legal resources to support your business.
achieveHR delivers the day-to-day support and peace of mind needed for HR professionals. Our regularly updated library provides access to a range of employment law and HR documents which are easily accessible via the library, 24 hours a day.
About the Service
achieveHR from Geldards is designed to provide clients with online access to a comprehensive range of resources needed to deliver an effective workforce strategy. As a value added service, it enables you to create a unique and secure account and build a library of guides, updates and templates needed for your day-to-day operations.
achieveHR also enables you to agree a fixed price, yet bespoke employment and HR offering which meets the needs of your business. You may think of us as an extension of your office, as the advice we provide is customised to your business and your desired risk profile, delivered in a way which you understand.
The retainer services ensures that costs can be spread out evenly throughout the year. You choose what you want to use those hours for, and they can be used for any day to day employment law and HR matters (excluding employment tribunal claims), so you have certainty of cost. There is an option to add additional hours on to your package to deal with unexpected employment or HR activity.
We build long lasting relationships with our clients and work in partnership with you and your dedicated solicitor will know you and your business inside out.
Benefits of achieveHR
- Respond to changes in your sector
- Access to template documentation and tools 24 hours a day
- Only spend capital on the service required
- Be flexible and adaptable
- Increase/keep high levels of efficiency due to no wait time for responses or documentation
- Access high quality service and content anywhere and anytime
- Meet your aims and objectives quicker than before
Our Service Provides
- Direct access to advice from a team of dedicated senior employment law solicitors, delivered in a friendly and approachable style
- A partnership approach with you and your business – we build long lasting relationships so we can understand business needs to offer bespoke advice tailored to your business
- 24/7 a day and 365 days a year access to our vast document library, with easily accessible tools, searches and your own personalised library
- Regular legal and HR updates via newsletters, blogs and video content
- Access to our online training suite, including video training, web-ex training, online e-learning and traditional face to face training
- Being part of an employment law and HR community and having an extension of your office in us
- Guaranteed response times to email and phone calls
The client is a small owner managed business which supplies glues and adhesives by mail order. The company’s owner came to us in a panic, following an allegation of sex discrimination from a former employee, who was dismissed following a redundancy exercise. Our client was very concerned about the prospect of an Employment Tribunal Claim and the associated risks and costs, with a particular concern that the claim may threaten the continuing viability of the business if not managed properly as it could potentially cost them upwards of £20,000.
The team assisted an international business set up its UK operation from scratch. This involved ensuring the international business and their lawyers fully understood the employment rights applicable in England and Wales, as well as exploring the different types of employment models that can be used to engage staff. We were hands on with the recruitment process, including attending interviews with candidates in order to provide HR assistance and input. The final stage of this process was to draft and provide all relevant documentation to ensure that the new staff could commence work on appropriate and legally compliant contracts, with supporting policies and procedures in place to ensure a successful work environment was created from the outset.
Disciplinary & Grievance
We supported a business through a complex disciplinary, grievance and whistle-blowing matter from one of their senior employees. After a disciplinary matter was raised with this senior employee about bullying and harassment, he made counter-allegations against a number of his colleagues also of bullying and harassment (including discrimination based on his alleged disability). In his grievance, this employee also made a number of allegations relating to health and safety, which were covered by the whistleblowing legislation. The employee subsequently went off sick due to mental health reasons.
The team assisted with the purchase of an East Midlands SME by a larger national organisation. The purchase was a whole business purchase and so the employees engaged at the East Midlands SME were subject to the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (TUPE). The employment team assisted the corporate team to ensure that the purchaser had all of the employee liability information required ahead of the sale, and to ensure that the correct warranties and indemnities were within the purchase agreement, in order to protect our buyer clients.
Family Friendly Rights
The team regularly takes part in consultation exercises for the introduction of new pieces of legislation, commonly relating to family-friendly rights, such as the recent development of the right to take two weeks parental bereavement leave if you suffer the death of a child under the age of 18 years old, or a still birth after 24 weeks. We keep up to date so that you can know the key developments hot off the press to give you the maximum time to prepare your business for the changes. Within two days of receiving the draft Regulations on parental bereavement leave, we had drafted a Policy ready for our clients to include within their employee handbooks.
Geldards is a full-service law firm providing practical legal advice to private and public companies, local authorities, public bodies, charities & government agencies as well as private individuals.
Geldards was recognised in the Times 200 for its Employment team in 2020 so you can rest assured you’re in good hands when working with achieveHR.