The 2020 Budget. What do I need to know?

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2020 budget

On 11th March, the Conservative Government announced their first budget since winning the General Election. This budget, however, was announced under unusual circumstances. The spread of Covid-19 looms large over all fiscal policies and so unusually, at least in recent years, the Conservative Government have chosen to splash the cash in the 2020 Budget. We […]

Employee Relations

How does Shared Parental Leave work?

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Shared Parental Leave

In 2014 the Government passed the Shared Parental Leave Regulations. Prior to 2014, parents had 2 very differing entitlements. The mother could enjoy up to 52 weeks maternity leave whilst the father had 2 weeks Paternity leave. The Shared Parental Leave legislation was designed to allow parents to share statutory leave, theoretically levelling the playing […]


Cost effective recruitment

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Cost effective recruitment. Fixed fee recruitment - Cornerstone Resources

We’ve been internal HR professionals for over 40 years between us and we know all too well what pressure organisations are under. Whether you have an internal HR team or not, recruitment can simply be just another thing to do. There simply isn’t enough time in the day. External help Where do you normally go […]

Flexible working

Can HR help businesses become sustainable?

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HR and sustainability

This week I was fortunate enough to attend a meeting where businesses and agencies came together to look at the issue of sustainability. Greater Manchester Councils have set an ambitious agenda of being carbon neutral by 2038. A lot of the messages were about looking at the ‘low hanging fruit’. Businesses are encouraged to look […]


Cornerstone Resources are 2!

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Nicci Birley, Rob Birley. Cornerstone Resources

Today marks a special day for us as Cornerstone Resources are 2! It’s been quite a journey for us over the last couple of years as we transitioned from Corporate to Self-employed life but it has been well worth it. So what have we been doing over the last 2 years and what types of […]