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Loch Associates Group Ltd

Oxford House, 15-17 Mount Ephraim Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN1 1EN

T: 01892 773970 E: info@lochassociatesgroup.co.uk W: lochassociatesgroup.co.uk

Welcome to Loch Associates Group - People Are Our Business

The Loch Associates Group, incorporating Loch Employment Law, HR Advise Me, Loch Health and Loch Mediation, offers a range of services to organisations manage and look after their people.

Loch Employment Law Our expert employment lawyers can ensure your business is steered safely through the employment law minefield. They advise on all aspects of employment law for organisations, senior employees and Directors.

HR Advise Me Our HR Consultants can provide retained and ad-hoc HR support to your organisation. We add value and work flexibly to ensure we offer the most cost effective HR solutions to fit your needs.

Loch HealthOur qualified medical professionals and HR Medical Specialists to help manage sickness absences effectively and to provide employee wellness health checks, perhaps as part of a wellness programme. They also provide bespoke First Aid Training, Mental Health First Aid and Mental Health Stress Management Training for Managers.

Loch MediationDisputes can easily happen and cause chaos for you. Our mediation service is designed to assist you in resolving any conflicts and disputes quickly. With our accredited mediators involved early we can limit the damage and avoid costly staff grievances and exits.

Pam Loch founded the Loch Associates Group to provide services covering the breadth of issues that you are likely to face in recruiting and managing staff. Our unique combination of employment law, HR, employee wellness and mediation expertise are design to meet all of your employee management and HR requirements.

WHAT WE DO 

The Loch Associates Group aims to work in partnership with you to provide solutions focused services. We aim to provide an all-encompassing service to help organisations maximise their human resources. Please find out more about what we can offer to a wide range of businesses and organisations through a variety of services.

EMPLOYMENT LAW AND HR SUPPORT SERVICES

Loch Associates Group support Employers across a wide range of employee issues. Bringing together our expertise in HR, Employment Law and Medical conditions, we work with our clients to meet their objectives. These services include:

  • Contracts, Policies & handbooks
  • Discrimination and diversity
  • Disciplinary & grievance procedures
  • Employment Tribunal Claims
  • Absence Management
  • Settlement agreements
  • TUPE
  • Redundancy & business restructuring
  • Handling of investigations & inquiries

PROACTIVE ABSENCE MANAGEMENT

As an employer, you will know that employees may need to take time off due to illness or unforeseen circumstances. However, absences from work can have a major effect on productivity, finances and team morale and so managing these absences effectively is critical for you. We developed PAM (Proactive Absence Management) to help you achieve that.

We can help you implement proven strategies to monitor, control and reduce absences. We can step in to take on difficult cases of long-term absence and, if necessary, utilise our legal expertise to manage an employee’s departure in a fair and legally sound manner.

The management of long term absences and repetitive short term absences can become particularly complex if poorly handled, and many managers do not have the skills or confidence to manage absences well. Absences can also be particularly complex when they involve terminal illnesses, such as cancer, or a mental health issue. We are experts at handling such cases in a compassionate and professional manner.

HR MEDICAL SPECIALISTS

We have created an innovative and unique service to tackle absences in the workplace, making the process easy and smooth for employer. Our HR Medical Specialists are all HR Consultants with a medical background and specialist knowledge in physiotherapy, mental health, occupational health or social work who can help businesses manage absenteeism. 

Our HR Medical Specialists are different to occupational health (OH) specialists:

  • They are more cost effective as their solutions are more flexible and HR Medical Specialists can often carry out their work by telephone
  • The HR Medical Specialists can work in partnership with the employer to find commercially focused solutions to the problem. This can be supported with confidential reports for the employer on the situation and potential solutions. OH specialists on the other hand play a different role and are required to share their reports with the employee too
  • We look for practical solutions that can be put in place before an absence escalates to prevent the employer incurring costs and the loss of vital staff
  • Our HR Medical Specialists are not bound by ‘medical in confidence’, as OH Specialists are, which means we can remain focussed on the best solution for both parties and do not have the constraints of restricted communication with the employer

WELLNESS CHECKS & HEALTHY WORKING

We work with employers to ensure they can invest in the health and wellness of their staff. We therefore provide a holistic approach to workplace wellbeing, while our HR Medical Specialists address absences once they have already occurred our health professionals perform Wellness Checks to help prevent absences or health issues in the first place.

Our team of dedicated health professionals provide onsite Wellness Checks for employees that identify personal risk for the biggest killers in the UK: heart disease, stroke, diabetes, kidney disease and some forms of dementia.

Each employee receives a personalised report with their results complete with health and lifestyle recommendations. Should any of their results be of concern to any of our nurses, they will be referred on. Employers also receive an anonymised report providing a picture of the overall health of your employees with suggestions for any widespread improvements that could be made.

Our Wellness checks can help ensure your workforce perform at their peak level by:

  • Preventing unnecessary absenteeism
  • Supporting your employees wellbeing
  • Helping to uncover health problems at an early stage
  • Improving staff loyalty and retention by investing in their wellbeing

We also support employees’ mental health with our Mental Health First Aid Training and Stress Management for Managers courses enabling your leadership teams to spot the early markers of poor mental health and know how to go about managing it.

WORKPLACE RESOLUTIONS

Mediation is an effective way of resolving workplace arguments and disputes without the need to go to court. It involves an independent third party – a mediator – who helps both sides come to an agreement and consensus through building communication. Mediation is particularly effective as an early resolution mechanism pre or post lodging a grievance, to limit the risk of disputes escalating and causing costly exits.

Even if mediation is not successful, the confidential discussions can often lead to a resolution at a later date, again without litigation. The success rate for mediation is usually 70-80%.

HR TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT

Targeted HR training and development helps you retain employees and improve productivity. Staff who feel more valued and engaged in their work remain more loyal. We deliver tailor-made solutions that are engaging and easy to put into action in a format to suit you. From team workshops to management seminars and one-to-one coaching, we deliver effective training that helps your organisation grow. We cover the full HR spectrum including:-

  • Coaching
  • Interview skills
  • Managing conflict
  • Team building
  • Appraisals
  • Dealing with difficult people

RECRUITMENT, ASSESSMENT & SELECTION

As HR experts, we understand better than most that hiring the right people can have a huge impact on your business. Mistakes at the hiring stage can lead to problems down the line, draining management time dealing with inadequate performance, grievances and absences. We provide advice and support to recruit the best staff for your business, including comprehensive psychometric testing.

Please click on the links below for more information, email us at info@lochassociates.group or give us a call on 01892 773970

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