Flexible furloughing

Flexible furloughing – what’s happening next?

Updated – We’ve updated our flexible furloughing guidance based on the revised information issued by HMRC on 12th June 2020. This guidance has clarified how payments can be calculated. For further information, you can get the HMRC guidance here. What’s changed with the guidance? The revised guidance has brought clarity on minimum claim periods (7 calendar …

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HR Consultancy Stockport

Cornerstone Resources supporting businesses in Stockport

There is no doubt that we are living in unprecedented times and that the Coronavirus outbreak has changed the way we do business, not only now but possibly forever. At Cornerstone Resources, we want to help Stockport businesses navigate this difficult period as well as possible. Over the last few weeks we’ve supported businesses across …

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Shared Parental Leave

How does Shared Parental Leave work?

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 …

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what should companies do about the threat of coronavirus?

What should companies do about the threat of Coronavirus?

Original blog At the end of 2019, a new strain of Coronavirus (now named COVID-19), was indentified in the Chinese city of Wuhan. As of last week, 63,000 cases had been registered with 1,300 fatalities. The condition has largely been contained within China to date with only isolated cases elsewhere. However, given the globally connected …

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General Election

What does the General Election result mean for employment?

Whatever your views on the General Election outcome, there is a clear majority for the Conservative Government. So what does this mean for UK employers and employees alike? National Insurance The Conservative government announced their intention to increase the threshold for paying national insurance contributions (NICs) from £8,632 to £9,500. This rise will take place …

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Small business owners

What will the UK General Election mean for small business owners?

Anyone else sick of the general election campaign yet? Whatever your political views in general, there’s clear daylight between Labour and the Conservatives on how they will treat small businesses. As we are in the gap between Small Business Saturday in the US (30th November) and the UK (7th December), I thought I’d summarise the …

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Award - Manchester HR Consultancy of the Year

We’ve won an award!

We’ve won the Manchester Prestige Award Cornerstone Resources have been awarded the HR Consultancy of the Year Award by the Corporate LiveWire group. By Rob Birley Cornerstone Resources have been in business since January 2018. As a young business, it’s great to see our progress recognised by winning the prestigious award of Manchester HR Consultancy …

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Cornerstone Resources Human Resources Consultancy new office

Cornerstone Resources Human Resources Consultancy have moved!

Cornerstone Resources Human Resources Consultancy have moved! 18 months after we launched Cornerstone Resources Human Resources Consultancy, we are delighted to announce we’ve moved into our new office! Read below for more information about our journey so far… After spending more than a combined 40 years in HR for different businesses in different sectors, in …

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GDPR is one year old

GDPR is one year old – is your church on track?

This weekend marks the first anniversary of the introduction of the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations) legislation. GDPR is one! The Europe-wide legislation came into force on 25 May 2018, forcing churches, charities and businesses to think again about how they manage, store and destroy personal data along with introducing significant fines for data breaches. …

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upcoming events

Upcoming events!

Cornerstone Resources are out and about at several upcoming events in the next couple of months. If you’d like to come and meet us and talk about what we can do to help your organisation, you can find us at the following events: Thursday 14th February 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Greater Manchester Chamber of …

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presenteeism

IR35 – What is it and why do I need to know about it?

Are you a contractor? Update. In November 2018, the Chancellor confirmed that IR35 would be extended to the Private Sector from April 2020. The tax man has since taken an aggressive approach targeting nearly 1,500 contractors who have either previously or currently work with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). In the letter, HMRC state that they may be …

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Mind the benefits gap (2 min read)

According to the attached article, two thirds of SME bosses believe that they face a benefits gap in comparison to larger employers. The research, carried out by Opinium in March 2018 among 508 decision-makers at organisations employing between 50 and 299 staff, found that 69% of senior managers believe they have a duty to provide benefits beyond pensions. …

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Employee Benefits Management @ Cornerstone Resources HR

Childcare vouchers are dead. Long live tax free childcare?

Intensive lobbying from interested parties has failed to change the Government’s mind on removing childcare vouchers. From 4th October 2018, the current childcare voucher scheme will be closed to new entrants and the only option on the table (for those who are eligible) is tax free childcare. We find it disappointing that the Government has …

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Change Management at Cornerstone Resources

How and why should I performance manage my team?

Performance Management has always been a tricky thing for organisations to get right. Traditional appraisal processes have relied on formal meetings and the completion of long forms which struggle to genuinely capture the contribution an employee makes to their organisation. Done badly, performance management is less a tool to develop people and more a weapon …

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How big does your organisation need to be before you employ HR?

How big does your organisation need to be before you employ HR?

How big does your organisation need to be before you employ HR? Is it just for larger organisations or can everyone benefit from having HR expertise? The attached article suggests that organisations typically have 150 employees before they employ a dedicated HR team. However, it also says that once you get past 50 employees, you …

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Don't just replace a leaver

Recruitment: How can you find quality candidates?

Last week we looked at the first two stages of the end-to-end recruitment process, specifically focusing on being clear on what your organisation needs and developing a good job description and person specification. This week, we’re looking at the next two stages – how you attract candidates and candidate selection. 1.Where will you find your …

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Employment Policies - Cornerstone Resources

Why do I need policies?

Why do I need policies? Without policies, it’s impossible for your employees to know where the parameters are in your organisation or what their entitlements are……whether it’s holiday, maternity leave or  absence. Some information can be detailed in the contract but more is needed, especially for more complicated processes like long term sickness absence or …

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Policies: What is your organisation doing about the World Cup?

Summer is here and with it come some of the great sporting tournaments, Wimbledon, Test match cricket at Lords, Stockport County’s pre-season friendlies… Ok so I was joking about the last one, but there is the small matter of the FIFA World Cup which starts next week. The timings are such that many of the …

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Employment Policies - Cornerstone Resources

Pre-employment checks: Are references worth the paper they are written on?

So you’ve offered a job to your preferred candidate and they’ve accepted. The only thing left to do is to complete pre-employment checks. For most organisations, this includes sending out requests for references from your candidate’s previous employers. But are they worth the paper they are written on? The ‘tombstone’ reference A ‘tombstone’ reference, or …

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Employee Benefits - Cornerstone Resources

Real salary increases in the UK are flat. What does this mean for your business?

So we read again that real pay increases have flatlined. This means that basically the same as it has for the last decade, no increase in real take home spending power for the average employee. The attached article confirms that median pay awards are still rooted at 2.5%, the same rate as the consumer price …

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Sickness absence, Throwing a sickie

Throwing a sickie – a thing of the past?

No doubt you will have seen the recent headlines. The latest CIPD research shows that 86% of employers had seen their employees coming in to work ill. This is a shocking increase from 26% back in 2010. Why has it increased? ‘Presenteeism’, as it’s also known, normally happens when employees feel pressure to continue working and …

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Flexible working - Cornerstone Resources HR Consultancy Cheshire

Working from Home – Fan or Critic?

Updated: The Coronavirus outbreak has caused an unprecedented increase in homeworking. Some predict that it has changed the working landscape forever. Click here for more information about your obligations in to employees who are working from home. Original blog As I sit here in my home ‘office’ area, I think about how fortunate I have …

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Apprenticeship recruitment @ Cornerstone Resources HR

Apprenticeship training – what are the benefits?

In this great article from The Telegraph, the Head of Learning & Development at Centrica tries to dispel a few myths around apprenticeships. In it, he talks about the benefits they have brought to the business. Who can join an apprenticeship? Apprenticeships aren’t necessarily just for someone at the beginning of their working life. Increasingly, …

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