Employment Contracts & Documentation 

We understand that SMEs have more important things to do than drafting employment documentation. 
At Duchess HR, we are employment law experts with a wealth of experience in drafting employment contracts, policies and procedures. 
We will ensure you have the right documents in place to remain legally compliant, that are tailored to your business and reflect your culture, values and strategic goals. 
We can provide you with: 
Contracts of Employment 
Apprenticeship Agreements 
Employee Handbooks 
Employment Policies and Procedures 

HR Administration 

We know HR administration is an extra hassle you just don’t need. 
Imagine never having to right another employee letter again! At Duchess HR, we offer the option of outsourcing all your HR administration.  
We can cover the whole employee lifecycle from onboarding, promotion, the birth of a baby, to the end of employment. All employee documents are safely stored in digital personnel files that are easy for you to access remotely. 
We can take care of all HR administration including: 
Immigration and right to work checks 
Job offer and onboarding 
Job changes, salary increases and bonuses 
Maternity / paternity 
Flexible working 
End of employment 

Employee Relations 

Navigating employment law can be a legal minefield without an expert to guide you. 
Even a simple process can be stressful and time consuming, not to mention potentially expensive and damaging to your brand if things go wrong.  
As employment law experts, we can help you address any people issues that arise, carefully balancing legal risk with commercial implications. Many of our clients rely on us to conduct independent, impartial investigations on their behalf, as a way of minimising risk and saving time. At Duchess HR, we also offer a professional mediation service to resolve conflict in the workplace, for example between team members. 
We can provide expert advice in the following areas: 
Disciplinary and capability processes 
Absence management 
Grievance complaints 
Bullying and harassment investigations 
Workplace mediation 
Settlement agreements 
Representation at employment tribunal 

Health & Safety 

Confused about your health & safety obligations? 
We can help you remain compliant with Health & Safety legislation by providing expert advice and tools. For example, we can advise on whether you need a Health & Safety Policy, and we can provide one tailored specifically to your organisation. 
We can also help you increase your business prospects by ensuring you have the right policies in place to tender for contracts. 
We partner with Coregenic, a Health & Safety Consultancy, who provide a ‘Competent Person’ service for small businesses. We have expertise in the following areas: 
Health & Safety policy 
Risk Assessment Method Statements (RAMS) 
Tender documentation 
Competent Person service 
Employee well-being 

Change Management 

Savvy business owners will regularly review whether they have the right people in the right roles. 
Many will identify the need to pivot in these uncertain economic times. However, the job of restructuring teams and managing any redundancies can be complicated and emotional to work through; especially if you are the owner of a business. All change requires careful management to ensure the disruption doesn’t negatively affect the culture that you have carefully created. At Duchess HR, we have years of experience in managing change. 
We are skilled in designing and implementing new structures that are aligned to the business strategy. We have expertise in the following areas: 
Organisational design 
Restructures and harmonisation 
Culture change 

Strategic Consultancy Service 

Are you planning to expand into a different market or territory, or introduce a new product? 
Do you need to reduce your costs but can’t figure out how? Most business owners are highly skilled at what they do best: managing their business; making money and business growth. However, in their quest to grow, how many truly know how to create a people strategy to achieve their business goals? 
At Duchess HR, we offer a strategic consultancy service to enable you to achieve your aspirations. We can offer independent, impartial advice to help you see the wood from the trees. We also offer the service to in house HR teams who sometimes need a sounding board, or someone to run things by. 

Training, Development & Coaching 

To quote Richard Branson, ‘Train people well enough so they can leave, treat them well enough so they don’t want to’. 
At Duchess HR, we can work with you to develop bespoke training courses to get the best out of your employees. We design and deliver a range of training and development initiatives, including leadership development programmes. We also offer one to one coaching for Managing Directors and in house HR teams on all aspects of people management. 
We have expertise in the following areas: 
Leadership capability 
Coaching on people management 
360 degree feedback tool 
Psychometric testing 

Please contact us to arrange a free consultation. We would love to hear from you. 

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