is based on honesty and building true relationships with the people we work with. This means that our client relationships are long term - 85% of our clients are returning year after year. Our longest serving clients have been with Breathing Space since its creation.
is in identifying needs and following through with practical, simple solutions.
is developed through learning and developing within our business, with constant exposure to new ideas, ways of working and sharing our learning with one another.
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To know that you have cover on the essentials of employment and HR is key for clients. Essentials makes sure we have a clear, bespoke contract of employment – delivered to the client specifications, a handbook covering all the essential policies a business needs and continuous phone and email support from a friendly, experienced and practical HR team.
You will have all the benefits of a complete package of employment documents from HR experts which will be designed to meet the needs of your business. Contract, employee handbook and all the HR policies. You will be able to call us and email us for practical and expert advice. You will have access to our document library of common employment letters and forms. The best element in this package is that an HR Consultant will be with you onsite should you need us in a meeting, taking notes, writing the letters and giving you the best advice possible.
Using secure IT systems, we completely “take over” your HR function – this means advising you, your managers and your employees, writing all your letters and contracts, keeping your employee and HR files securely with mutual access in a cloud-based “vault”. We will be onsite for all meetings with employees, helping you with notes and outcomes. We create links with your management team and support them, taking the burden away from one point of contact. You can phone us, email us, use the document library or meet with us. We also draft and send contracts, letters and forms directly to your employees on your behalf. We chase employees for those documents which your business needs to be legally compliant.
HR that raises the bar
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Ah, commuting… The joys of standing on a freezing cold railway platform, where everyone looks really miserable for some reason, waiting for your train to arrive. Usually late. Usually with not enough carriages for the number of people wanting to squeeze on. Usually with those carriages already full anyway after calling at stations along the Read more about The Stress of Commuting[…]
Many of us will have started the New Year with positive resolutions: lose weight; stop smoking; start exercising more and… find a new job! All too soon it gets round to THAT day again – Blue Monday. The most depressing day of the year, apparently – and, in case you missed it by any chance, Read more about Are you feeling any better today?[…]
GDPR and small businesses What is GDPR? If it’s not something you have heard of already, it’s definitely something you will be hearing about over the next six months! The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) replaces the Data Protection Act (1998), and will apply to all organisations as of 25th May 2018. It’s focused on Read more about GDPR and small businesses[…]
It’s that time of year again when people are gearing up towards a well-earned break. What with outstanding holidays that have to be used up before the end of the year and the Christmas party to organise, how do you make sure everything goes smoothly? Annual Leave Due to work commitments employees didn’t have Read more about Avoiding Workplace Christmas Pitfalls[…]
As of 1 April 2018, the statutory rates of pay for family-related leave will increase. This relates to maternity, paternity, shared parental and adoption leave. The statutory weekly rate of pay will rise from £140.98 to £145.18 (or 90% of the employee’s average weekly earnings if less that this amount) for maternity, paternity and shared Read more about Statutory Pay Rate Increases[…]
Introduced in March 2015 the Modern Slavery Act is an Act of the United Kingdom Parliament. It is designed to tackle criminals involved in human trafficking and slavery by ensuring they are prosecuted for their exploitation of vulnerable people. The Act includes 2 offences: one for human trafficking and one for forced or compulsory labour, Read more about Modern Slavery Act – What is it?[…]
What rights does an employer have when it comes to monitoring employees’ emails and Internet activity? Where is the balance between an employer protecting its’ business and the employee’s right to privacy? Recently, the Grand Chamber (the ultimate court of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR)) overturned a 2016 decision made by the Read more about Monitoring Employees’ Emails and Internet Usage[…]
Why suspend an employee? As an employer, you may decide to suspend an employee in order to minimise the risk to your business during a disciplinary investigation. Suspension will normally be on full pay, although an employee can be suspended without pay as long as this is stated in their employment contract, and you, Read more about Suspending an Employee[…]
How do you describe the employees who use their own private vehicles to carry out work-related activities? These are commonly referred to as ‘grey fleets’. Grey fleets are most common within organisations that have a low mileage requirement, and therefore, cannot justify providing company cars, but, how can you ensure that you are managing your Read more about Do you have a Grey Fleet?[…]
Responsibilities: Advising on Group HR Strategy, project management of HR change and improvement. Direct liaison for senior employee issues and advice to Directors. Oversight and point of escalation of all HR activities.
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Chrissie’s style is friendly and approachable. Chrissie has run teams of 20+ HR professionals in HR Service Centres and Recruitment Teams for Banking. As well as Employment Law, Chrissie supports in the development of HR strategy for Clients and oversees development of people management with the Best Companies Employee Engagement Surveys
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Responsibilities: Advising on all day to day employee issues regarding absence, performance, conduct and disciplinary and grievance matters. Delivery of key HR projects, design and updating of employee handbook and HR policies. Point of contact for Site Leaders and Managers. Answering employment queries from all employees. GDPR HR expert.
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Responsibilities: Ella considers the structure of an organization and of the ways in which the people in it interact, undertaken in order to improve the organizational effectiveness and strategic focus. Ella has a wide range of ER case management, adviceline and coaching experience with a speciality in Sickness absence.
0113 426 7736 / 07498 943015
Responsibilities: Ruth advises on the day to day running of the HR systems within your business, this includes employee issues, disciplinaries, grievances, absence management, employee conduct and other aspects such as employee handbooks and contracts. Ruth is a point of contact for managers and employees.
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Responsibilities: Administration of all new starters, employment changes and leavers (including exit interviews). HR data management and reporting to payroll. Holiday and sickness absence calculations and queries. Basic employment queries from all employees. Responsible for HR updating of Kelio and production of key management reports.
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Responsibilities: Sairish has strong subject knowledge and theoretical knowledge on HR processes. This is Sairish’s first HR role after the completion of her studies. She has begun to participate in Hr processes which include recruitment, onboarding, absence reports and exit interviews. Sairish is quickly finding her feet in HR and is taking on more responsibility.
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