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Insights and Networking for HR decision-makers

Welcome to Allen Associates HR Hub – an informal, friendly community of HR professionals, employers and people managers who are keen to learn, share and collaborate.

What’s it all about?

Our HR Hubs centre on a busy programme of free events which we have been running for almost 10 years. Founded and organised by our Managing Director Kate Allen, these events are run in partnership with employment specialists at UK Top 100 law firm, RWK Goodman.

In 2020, our HR Hubs moved online and continue to take place monthly via Zoom. If anything, this has increased their popularity and we are always delighted to see such a great turnout.

In addition to featuring regular Employment Law Updates, our HR Hubs offer insights and practical, thought-provoking tips on a wide range of hot topics and issues, delivered by guest speakers who are all experts in their fields.


Latest Event

You are warmly invited to join our monthly Zoom HR Hubs. The details of our next event are as follows:

Topic: Employment Law Update

Guest speakers: Partners Kate Benefer and Adrian Henderson of RWK Goodman (formerly Royds Withy King) in Oxford

Date: Thursday, 23 June 2022

Time: 10am to 11am

Register: To reserve your free place, please contact Kate Allen, Managing Director at Allen Associates, and we will send you the Zoom joining instructions

Event Details

Don't miss our quarterly Employment Law Update from RWK Goodman which will help you keep on top of the latest legal developments affecting people management and HR best practice as well as offering up insights, advice and guidance. Come along and find out about:

  • Changing relationships among employers and employees and what this means for HR, based on new research carried out by RWK Goodman
  • The most recent case law updates, including reasonable adjustments, harassment and constructive dismissal
  • Worker status
  • Future developments including national pay gaps, exclusivity clauses and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG)

An introduction to the hosts

Kate Allen, Founder and Managing Director, Allen Associates

Kate Allen, Founder and Managing Director, Allen Associates

Kate founded Allen Associates in 1998 with the aim of creating the type of recruitment agency that she would like to use herself – as a Client and a Candidate. For more than two decades, Kate’s commitment to providing an outstanding service and added value has never wavered, enabling her to build a robust business and an enviable reputation in her home county of Oxfordshire and more recently in London. Kate is an Associate member of the CIPD and a Fellow of the REC.

Email: kate@allen-associates.co.uk

Malcolm Gregory, Partner and Head of Employment Law, RWK Goodman

Malcolm Gregory, Partner and Head of Employment Law, RWK Goodman

Malcolm is independently recognised as a “Leader in the field” by legal directories Chambers & Partners UK and The Legal 500 UK. He is frequently recognised for his talent in providing clients with practical commercial advice in his specialist area of employment law. He is also widely regarded as an excellent public speaker, delivering seminars and training sessions to clients, HR professionals and businesses on a wide range of topics.

Email: malcolm.gregory@rwkgoodman.com

“I have to say (and I am not just saying this) it was one of the best webinars I have attended.”

Laura Wrench, Head of People, rootwave

“Malcolm was excellent and answered all the questions that were raised.”

Karen Baker, Human Resources Business Partner, Owen Mumford

Guest Speaker Presentations

New ideas for your Employee Value Proposition (EVP) and Employer Brand

HR Hub presentation by John Tarrant, Managing Partner at DNA

Watch the video to learn more about the important role of EVP and employer brand in talent acquisition and retention.

You can also read John's blog on the 10 most common mistakes and access a checklist to help you get it right.

Reinvigorating your people after Covid

By employee engagement and culture specialist, Richard Roberts of enRich HR

Rich discusses what employees really want and how to embrace new ways of working, rather than fear them.


Guest Speaker Insights

Here you will find the latest blogs and FAQs produced by our guest speakers after each HR Hub, with information, advice and practical examples that you may like to refer to.

The top 10 mistakes employers make when defining their people brand values

The top 10 mistakes employers make when defining their people brand values

By John Tarrant, Managing Partner at DNA

Are you clear what you stand for as an employer? The results of our HR Hub Poll in May 2022

Are you clear what you stand for as an employer? The results of our HR Hub Poll in May 2022

Topic: New ideas for your employer brand
Guest speaker: John Tarrant, Managing Partner at DNA

VIEW RESULTS
How engaged are your teams? The results of our HR Hub Poll in April 2022

How engaged are your teams? The results of our HR Hub Poll in April 2022

Topic: Reinvigorating your people after Covid
Guest speaker: Richard Roberts, Consultant at en:Rich HR and former People Director at Pure Planet

VIEW RESULTS
10 point checklist for reinvigorating your people

10 point checklist for reinvigorating your people

By Richard Roberts, Consultant at en:Rich HR and former People Director at Pure Planet

READ BLOG
Report: Employment Law Update - March 2022

Report: Employment Law Update - March 2022

By Kate Benefer, Partner, Royds Withy King

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Employers still taking a cautious approach to Covid: The results of our HR Hub Poll in March 2022

Employers still taking a cautious approach to Covid: The results of our HR Hub Poll in March 2022

Topic: Employment Law Update
Guest speakers: Partners Kate Benefer and Malcolm Gregory of Royds Withy King

VIEW RESULTS
A GDPR refresher for employers and their HR teams

A GDPR refresher for employers and their HR teams

By Kate Benefer, Partner, Royds Withy King

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Why 'Fire and Rehire' Should Only Ever Be A Last Resort

Why 'Fire and Rehire' Should Only Ever Be A Last Resort

By Kate Benefer, Partner, Royds Withy King

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Report: Employment Law Update – September 2021

Report: Employment Law Update – September 2021

By Royds Withy King

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 Results of the HR Hub Poll in September 2021

Results of the HR Hub Poll in September 2021

Topic: Employment Law Update
Guest speakers: Partner Kate Benefer and Solicitor Adrian Henderson of Royds Withy King

VIEW RESULTS
Results of the HR Hub Poll in August 2021

Results of the HR Hub Poll in August 2021

Topic: Transformation and Agile Talent Acquisition
Guest speaker: Claire Holness, VP and Head of Global Talent Acquisition at a large Corporate firm

VIEW RESULTS
Transformation and Agile Talent Acquisition

Transformation and Agile Talent Acquisition

By Kate Allen, Director, Allen Associates

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Results of the HR Hub Poll in July 2021

Results of the HR Hub Poll in July 2021

Topic: Using 'habits' to manage and motivate hybrid teams
Guest speakers: Dave Morris and Rich Horton from Zentano

VIEW RESULTS
Report: Employment Law Update – June 2021

Report: Employment Law Update – June 2021

By Royds Withy King

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Your Questions Answered

Your Questions Answered

Employment lawyers Kate Benefer and Adrian Henderson provided a hugely informative Employment Law Update at our Zoom HR Hub in June.

Here they answer a few of the questions put to them by the HR decision-makers who attended the event.

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Five Ways to Reduce Stress in the Workplace

Five Ways to Reduce Stress in the Workplace

By Tim Thurston and Rosie Runciman, Team Doctor

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Reframing Organisational Mental Health

Reframing Organisational Mental Health

By Will Cleare, Managing Director at The HR Agency

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Report: Employment Law Update – March 2021

Report: Employment Law Update – March 2021

By Royds Withy King

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Legal guidance for employers preparing to welcome staff back to the workplace

Legal guidance for employers preparing to welcome staff back to the workplace

By Malcolm Gregory, Partner and Head of Employment, Royds Withy King

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How to align your people to the business strategy

How to align your people to the business strategy

By Alex Walker, Founder of change management and employee engagement specialists Flint Change and part-time People and Culture Director at Mandara

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Can employers force their staff to get vaccinated – and other questions

Can employers force their staff to get vaccinated – and other questions

By Richard White and Lauren Harkin, Royds Withy King

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Major Report: Annual Employment Law Update – October 2020

Major Report: Annual Employment Law Update – October 2020

By Royds Withy King

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Mental Health: Troubles, Tools and Tenacity

Mental Health: Troubles, Tools and Tenacity

By Colette Norbury, Training Lead, Oxfordshire Mind Workplace Training

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GDPR: Employers could be at risk from new employee data issues

GDPR: Employers could be at risk from new employee data issues

By Malcolm Gregory, Partner and Employment Law Specialist at Royds Withy King

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How to build employee engagement in uncertain times

How to build employee engagement in uncertain times

By Richard Roberts, Consultant, Speaker and part-time People Director at Pure Planet

READ BLOG

“Thank you very much for the very interesting and informative session this morning. It was good to hear from others during this challenging situation that we are in, and the legal advice from Malcolm was particularly useful in helping us with our preparations and reminding us what we should be doing!”

Charlotte Stephens, HR Business Partner, Diamond Light Source Ltd

Networking

Many of the HR decision-makers that attend our HR Hubs have got to know each other over the years and regard themselves as part of a community, committed to best practice and supporting one another through the good times as well as the more challenging ones. If you meet anyone through any of our HR Hubs that you would like to engage with further, please contact us and we will facilitate an introduction.

Get involved

If you would like to be a guest speaker at one of our HR Hubs, suggest a topic that you would like to see covered, or would like to register for one of our events, please contact our Managing Director Kate Allen.

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