Businesses who can’t afford dedicated HR professionals now have the opportunity for on-tap HR support, with the launch of Source Legal’s HR Services, based on the law firm’s retainer-based legal services model. The new service enables smaller businesses to get the best out of their people and protect their business with tailored HR strategies and processes.
With daily headlines showcasing failures by Australia’s small-business sector when it comes to employment matters, SMEs with limited resources have a hard time staying on top of their legal requirements, let alone invest in their staff to improve productivity and loyalty. Having access to practical, cost-effective HR support, advice and assistance to better manage performance and compliance is much needed. Getting that on an unlimited basis for an agreed monthly fee – with the backing of specialist employment lawyers – is something that until now may have seemed out of reach for many businesses.
Source Legal’s head of employment law, Sean Melbourne, said, “Introducing HR Services is a natural extension for Source Legal, building on our success in providing in-house style legal support on a monthly retainer basis. It’s also a natural extension for our clients, who want HR services on the same basis, with both budget certainty and legal confidence.
“We know that many businesses find the complex mix of regulations to comply with confusing at best, and even damaging to their business at worst. Being hit with an unfair dismissal claim is one of the top concerns of businesses when they need to let someone go.
“But it’s much more than just compliance. Attracting and retaining the right people can make or break a business. With so much invested in people, it’s important to ensure that they are supported and rewarded to maximise performance”, concluded Melbourne.
HR Services is headed up by People and Culture manager, Alison Lodewyke, who has worked for over 14 years in senior HR roles with leading multinational companies such as PepsiCo Europe and Jones Lang LaSalle and most recently for a fast-growing medium-sized business.