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 MyEW
- 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
Maximise productivity, minimise legal risk
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.
"It's the immediate availability of qualified, professional support and the confidence that Ellis Whittam gives that we value most."
Ricker Restaurant Holdings
Your queries about upskilling managers and questions about our service, answered by our Employment Law and HR specialists.
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.
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Whether you’re bogged down in these low-level issues or facing a particularly tricky situation, our experts can help you deal with bogus absences, long-standing conditions that may be disability-related, and everything in between.
How long is long-term sickness absence?
There is no hard and fast rule about this. Each case will turn on its facts considering, in particular the nature of the employee’s condition, whether it amounts to a disability and how long it is likely to last for. Medical evidence will always be key in answering these questions and when considering how to deal with people off on long-term sick.
Can you help with medical capability?
Yes. Our Welfare and Medical Capability support gives you hands-on assistance from a dedicated HR specialist, who will help you to manage medical capability as quickly and painlessly as possible. This includes conducting welfare meetings, medical capability hearings and appeals, and return-to-work interviews with the employee on your behalf.
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Why choose us?
At Ellis Whittam, 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
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Principal Employment Law Adviser
HR Consultancy Manager
“I’ve taken Ellis Whittam 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.”
Debbie Jamieson, People Director
“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.”
Richard Berry, Group HR Director
Bluestone National Park Resort
“What we recognised in Ellis Whittam 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.”
Debbie Rainbow, Director of Human Resources and Health & Safety
“As the company started to get larger, we knew we had to protect our employees and our contractors both onsite and in the offices. Ellis Whittam is exactly what we needed to move the company forward.”
Joanne Beaver, Operations Director
“We have found Ellis Whittam to be responsive and aligned with our business in terms of our processes and expectations. Their pragmatic approach has proven to be a great fit – nobody wants to be fighting their adviser on basic employment decisions.”
Jonathan Green, COO
“Ellis Whittam supports our 280 staff members with Employment Law and Health & Safety and has provided quality management training too.”
Lisa Best, Head of Service Delivery
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