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HR Services

HR support for SMEs

Welcome to Topaz HR. We provide vital Human Resources support to small and medium sized organisations. Your people are your most valuable asset but also potentially your most costly if things go wrong... 

We are able to provide a wide range of affordable, effective HR support services. Our advice is based on many years' experience in dealing with all of the key HR issues which are likely to arise in your business.



We can help you and your business with any of the following HR requirements:
  • Compliance
  • Contracts of employment 
  • Organisational structure
  • Training and development 
  • Disciplinary issues
  • Handling redundancy
  • Producing staff handbooks 
  • People strategy - how to grow and develop your greatest asset, your people.
The way Topaz HR can work with you can be flexible - choose from 'one-off' project support or take advantage of our great value retained service - all the benefits of an 'in-house' HR resource, without the overhead burden...

Topaz HR services are available face-to-face across South and West Yorkshire, Derbyshire and North Nottinghamshire. 


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To find out more, call us on 0114 362 7632 or use the Contact Us form.

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Topaz HR Services

Topaz HR Dorcas SturgessUsing Topaz HR is like having your own in-house HR department, but without the overhead of an in-house Human Resources department! 

Topaz HR is owned and run by Dorcas Sturgess. Dorcas has over 10 years' experience in all aspects of HR, having been a Quality Assurance & Staff Development Officer and an HR Manager within blue chip organisations. 

Think of Topaz as an on-call resource, available for fast and reliable advice in moments of crisis:
  • disciplinary issues
  • absenteeism
  • redundancy procedures 
plus of course some help with the more positive aspects of HR:
  • recruiting the best new people
  • engaging staff
  • working out the most morale-boosting incentive schemes
  • creating a more professional employment framework and set of procedures as your business grows.
  • providing you with an outsourced HR Department, to meet all your HR needs.
Our services include:
  • Contracts of employment
  • Staff handbooks
  • Employment law advice and compliance
  • Absence management
  • Restructuring and redundancy advice
  • Performance management systems
CIPDDorcas Sturgess is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (MCIPD)
 
 To find out more, see our service In Detail page, call us on 0114 362 7632 or use the Contact Us form.


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Topaz HR services in detail

Getting HR right is all about getting the details right - Topaz HR can help you work through the details, the policies, the procedures... and the legislation, to arrive at a professional, rounded approach to all aspects of HR in your business.

Contracts of employment

Having a carefully written employment contract which reflects your organisation ensures that you and your employees are completely clear on all respective employment rights and responsibilities. This can be vital in helping to resolve any dispute which may arise. 

Staff handbooks

Much wider in scope than the contract of employment, a well-structured staff handbook covers all of these areas:
  • Policies & procedures
  • Company ethos
  • Training plans
  • Career development
  • Communication and participation
  • Team working
  • Performance appraisal guidelines
  • Job challenges/level of autonomy
Putting together such as wide-ranging document can feel a daunting prospect. Topaz HR has produced many of these for companies of all sizes and we can give you a proven and effective structure + wording as a start-point and then work with you to develop a staff handbook to reflect the ethos and aspirations of your business and the challenges of your sector. 

If you already have a staff handbook in place, Topaz HR can carry out a review of your policies and procedures.  Ensuring that you meet current Employment Legislation and your procedures accurately reflect what happens in your business.
 
Topaz HR Dorcas SturgessEmployment law advice and compliance

Employment law can be a minefield! And it's changing all the time! We can help you navigate through the complexities of employment legislation and give you a regular digest of key issues you need to be aware of. 

Absence management

Absence can be a costly drain on your company's resources - not only are you a person down, with all the attendant strain on resources/service levels elsewhere in your business, it also causes potential discontent and resentment among other employees if not dealt with, and seen to be dealt with, quickly and effectively.

However, absence must be dealt with fairly, as false accusations about the nature of the absence can lead to costly disputes. Be sure of your rights and responsibilities and of the correct approach to take by talking to Topaz. 

Restructuring and redundancy advice

We are in the middle of the toughest economic conditions for a generation. Inevitably this is taking its toll on businesses and their staffing levels. If your business is faced with the need to restructure and to make staff redundant, it may well be a new experience for you. It is vital that it is handled correctly, fairly and with sensitivity. 

Let Topaz be your guide through this difficult process.

Retaining and developing your staff through development

Topaz HR Dorcas SturgessRetaining, developing and incentivising your staff can be just as important a source of business growth and success as finding new clients or creating clever marketing campaigns. A motivated team will go that extra mile for you and help you deliver world class customer service.

Channeling, developing and sustaining that enthusiasm and skill takes careful management. Putting in place motivational performance management systems ensures that your staff are rewarded and incentivised in a fair, professional, transparent way. Working a system out from a blank sheet of paper can be tough - Topaz can help you design the ideal system quickly and easily.

Topaz can be your HR Manager, saving you the cost of an in-house HR Team.

To find out more, call us on 0114 362 7632 or use the Contact Us form.

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Your FREE initial HR consultation

Topaz HR offers a FREE initial meeting for all potential new clients. 

Topaz HR Dorcas SturgessWe will sit down with you to understand in outline your HR needs - the current state of your HR documentation; the training needs of you and your staff; any current absence or disciplinary issues.

From this we'll draw up a plan and a suggested budget, tailored to providing you with all the HR support you need and none of the HR support you don't need!

Based in Sheffield, Topaz HR provides face-to-face advice and support to clients across South and West Yorkshire, Derbyshire and North Notts. Similar levels of support ARE available across the UK, depending on the scale of the project. Alternatively, a Help Line can be provided for same-day advice by phone or email. 

To get your FREE initial meeting, please submit your details

                                    

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Latest HR news

HR legislation and info on best practice is being updated all the time.

Here are some developments which we've noticed which we think may be of value to you and your business:

National Living Wage

In the summer 2015 budget it was announced that, with effect from 01 April 2016 there will be a compulsory National Living Wage for employees aged over 25. The initial rate will be £7.20 per hour from 01 April 2016, rising to £9 per hour by 2020.

This is in effect a re-branding of the National Minimum Wage, as all employees over 25 years of age will need to be paid the compulsory National Living Wage.  It is not however connected to the rates set by the Living Wage Foundation, who have set a voluntary rate of £7.85 per hour, which some organisations have committed themselves to.


Increases to the National Minimum Wage

The government has announced increases to the National Minimum Wage, to take effect from October 2015

  •  The Adult 21+ rate will increase from £6.50 per hour to £6.70 per hour.
  • The rate for 18-20 year olds will increase from £5.13 per hour to £5.30 per hour.
  • The rate for 16 & 17 year olds will increase from £3.79 per hour to £3.87 per hour.
  • The Apprentice rate will increase from £2.73 per hour to £3.30 per hour.



Overtime and Holiday Pay

On 04 November 2014, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) ruled that overtime payments should be included when calculating holiday pay.

Prior to this date businesses were only required to use basic pay when calculating payments for holidays.  



Antenatal Rights for Fathers 

From 01 October 2014 fathers will be entitled to unpaid time off, to accompany the expectant mother to antenatal appointments.

The time allowed is limited to 2 appointments and a maximum of 6.5 hours per appointment. Employers can allow more than this if they wish.

To qualify the employee needs to be the husband, civil partner or partner of the expectant mother and/or the parent of the child. Surrogate parents may also qualify.

These rights start as soon as the employee begins work, there is no qualifying period.

Flexible Working

With effect from 30 June 2014, the right to request Flexible Working will be extended to all employees with a minimum of 26 weeks' service.

Prior to this date, only employees with children and those that are carers have this right.

Employers will need to ensure that any policies they have in respect of requesting Flexible Working are amended to reflect this change.



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Testimonials

  • Topaz HR testimonialWe commissioned Topaz to produce terms & conditions of employment + a company handbook. You perfectly understood our requirements... and the HR side of business is running smoother than ever.

    Thank you most sincerely for the work you have done and for the speed and efficiency you have shown.

    Jeff Owen, Sales Director, Rosehill Press, Rotherham.
  • Engage have been working with Topaz since April 2012 around a number of difficult and highly sensitive HR issues.

    Throughout this period I have found the services to be responsive, flexible and highly professional, with any support requirements always being met within 24 hours and often sooner.

  • Topaz HR testimonialWe commissioned Topaz to produce terms & conditions of employment + a company handbook. You perfectly understood our requirements... and the HR side of business is running smoother than ever.

    Thank you most sincerely for the work you have done and for the speed and efficiency you have shown.

    Jeff Owen, Sales Director, Rosehill Press, Rotherham.

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