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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, Royds Withy King.

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: Kate Benefer, Partner at Royds Withy King, Oxford

Date: Wednesday, 30th June 2021

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 the latest Employment Law Update from Royds Withy King which will examine some of the key issues that employers should be considering. These include:

  • Covid: Can you insist on vaccinations? Should long covid be treated as a disability? What is the latest advice from ACAS?
  • Immigration: What are the requirements for recruiting European nationals from the 1st July when Brexit transitional arrangements end?
  • Recent case law: What do employers need to know?
  • Menopause: Do you need a policy?
  • Return to the office: What are the key considerations, particularly in relation to hybrid working

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, Royds Withy King

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

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@roydswithyking.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

John Tarrant, Managing Partner at DNA

John Tarrant, Managing Partner at employee and employer branding agency DNA, discusses ways in which the events of 2020-21 can be used as an opportunity for HR professionals and businesses to ‘reset’ and emerge in an even stronger position.

Neil Carberry, CEO of the Recruitment & Employment Confederation

Neil Carberry, CEO of the Recruitment & Employment Confederation, ACAS Council Member and Low Pay Commissioner, talks to our HR Hub about how the pandemic has changed the jobs market, our people priorities and the way we work.


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.

Five Ways to Reduce Stress in the Workplace

Five Ways to Reduce Stress in the Workplace

By Tim Thurston and Rosie Runciman, Team Doctor

READ BLOG
Reframing Organisational Mental Health

Reframing Organisational Mental Health

By Will Cleare, Managing Director at The HR Agency

READ BLOG
Report: Employment Law Update – March 2021

Report: Employment Law Update – March 2021

By Royds Withy King

DOWNLOAD
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

READ BLOG
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

READ BLOG
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

READ BLOG
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

READ BLOG
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

READ BLOG
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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