Most managers aren’t Employment Law and HR experts, and even the best-run organisations will inevitably encounter employee issues from time to time.
As well as taking time away from value-driving activities, dealing with people problems requires a firm grasp of HR best practice and a working understand of complex Employment Law. If you’re not fully confident, leaning on trusted professionals can make all the difference.
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How we help
More confident, competent management teams
Whether you’re keen to upskill in essential HR topics and legal compliance or looking for ongoing support in the form of a responsive helpline, we offer a range of solutions designed to help managers carry out their role confidently and effectively.
- Unlimited day-to-day support from your own team of legally-qualified Employment Law specialists
- Access expert-created templates and refer back to advice at any time through MyWorkNest
- Save time with bespoke document drafting, including your contracts, handbooks and policies
- Develop confidence and awareness in essential people management topics with training from seasoned HR professionals
- Relieve pressure with on-site HR Consultancy support, including mediation, investigation and more
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From time-consuming employee grievances to complex redundancy exercises, unless you know the correct process to follow and the potential legal pitfalls, it can be all too easy to enflame a situation or, worse, leave yourself exposed to Employment Tribunal claims.
Whatever level of support you require, from step-by-step guidance to shadowing one of our HR Consultants, we’ll work with you to relieve unnecessary admin burden, improve internal competence, and equip managers with the tools they need to become self-sufficient.
What types of management training do you offer?
We offer a range of interactive and engaging HR training courses designed and delivered by professionally-qualified, highly-experienced HR practitioners. Popular courses include Manager Essentials, Discipline & Grievance, and Equality & Diversity, all of which are delivered exclusively to you on site or at a venue of your choice.
Are the courses delivered online?
We offer both in-person HR training courses, delivered by our HR specialists at your premises or offsite at a venue of your choice, and a catalogue of interactive e-Learning courses which can be completed at your own pace, in your own time. We may also be able to adapt our normal classroom-based courses to deliver them to you online in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
What e-Learning courses are available?
Our ever-growing library of e-Learning courses currently covers over 100 topics, including HR courses such as Equality & Diversity, Sexual Harassment and Social Media Use; soft skills courses such as Communication, Leadership and Change Management; and compliance courses such GDPR, Anti-Money Laundering and the Bribery Act. We also offer an extensive range of Health & Safety courses, including Accident Reporting, Risk Assessment and First Aid. Download the full course catalogue
I need a course that covers HR essentials. What would you recommend?
Utilising breakout rooms, chat windows and polls, our interactive Manager Essentials training course provides a general overview of key people management issues, including Employment Law issues, that may arise in the life of an employment relationship and explains how to deal with them.
Will you support managers, or just HR teams and business owners?
Typically, for smaller employers, we support managers, directors and owners, essentially becoming a high-quality outsourced HR function. For large employers, we provide specialist support to their in-house HR Team
Can you help managers to produce documents?
Yes. We can support you with a full spectrum of documentation, from first written warnings to new contractual clauses, to a policy you might not have in your handbook, plus more complex legal documents like settlement agreements and redundancy outcome letters.
Can you provide MR reports for managers?
Yes. For those with larger case volumes, we can produce monthly, quarterly, bi-annual or annual MR reports to show you the sorts of matters that you’re requiring support with most often and total usage/activities by site, department or manager. This will enable you to identify trends and problem hotspots and take the necessary action.
What if we need support on site?
If you require more hands-on support, we offer a range of proactive and reactive HR Consultancy services, including assigning HR specialists to conduct investigations, mediation and consultation meetings, to help you manage these processes with minimal management pressure.
Explore our fixed-fee Employment Law support
Explore our fixed-fee Employment Law support
Advice LineFast, pragmatic, commercial. Our Employment Law & HR advice line gives you and your managers access to truly unlimited advice on all of your people-related challenges, from the seemingly straightforward to the most complex.
What sorts of things can you advise on?
HR matters come with the territory when you run a business or manage an organisation and we’re here to help you through it all. Whether you’re battling absenteeism, struggling to manage an underperforming employee or need help navigating a complicated exercise like redundancy, we can walk you through the steps required to handle the situation appropriately.
Is everything dealt with through one team?
Yes. All of our advisers are qualified legal professionals or on the road to formal qualification, which means a full range of employee issues can be dealt with within your dedicated three-person team. In the event that you’re presented with an Employment Tribunal claim, we will conduct a full handover to our Litigation Team so that they are well equipped to defend you.
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Why choose us?
Experts in Employment Law & HR
At WorkNest, we’re known for our bespoke service and the quality of our support. Not only is our expertise unmatched, but we take the time to know you so that we can function as a true extension of your team.
- Your own small team of dedicated experts
- Commercial, pragmatic advice tailored to you
- Bespoke contracts, policies and handbooks
- Trusted by over 35,000 organisations
- Recognised as a leading firm by the Legal 500
Who you’ll be working with
Executive Director, Privacy International
WorkNest supports our 280 staff members with Employment Law and Health & Safety and has provided quality management training too.”
Head of Service Delivery, Catalyst Choice
We get a great deal of comfort and satisfaction knowing that we have support as and when we need it, in a decisive and responsive way.”
Group HR Director, Culina Group
We moved our legal support to WorkNest (formerly Law at Work) having previously used a time and line law firm. It was important, though, that an all-inclusive fee structure did not come at the expense of quality. Thankfully we’ve been delighted with the service we’ve received from WorkNest.”
What we recognised in WorkNest is the background that they have. They are able to supply knowledge and experience in a number of disciplines, which enables us to develop our business in a way that’s safe, to do it on time and with a quality to it.”
Director of Human Resources and Health & Safety,
Bluestone National Park Resort
Chief Executive, The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust (JRCT)
As the company started to get larger, we knew we had to protect our employees and our contractors both onsite and in the offices. WorkNest is exactly what we needed to move the company forward.”
Operations Director, Beaverfit
Pineapple have worked with the team at WorkNest (formerly Law at Work) since 2003, and we have built a trusted partnership together. We particularly like WorkNest’s concise and practical advice concerning employment law/HR issues and also appreciate their totally supportive approach in all areas of health and safety.”
Pineapple Dance Studios
I’ve taken WorkNest into every organisation that I’ve worked with. I’ve introduced them to many teams and many colleagues and referred them with absolute pleasure because I genuinely trust in the service that we get.”
People Director, The Works
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