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Whatever the size of your co-op, we know dealing with HR can sometimes be tough. Our HR package can help your co-op to be both legally compliant and a great place to work.

What is the HR package?

Our HR Package will help you be a great employer. We’re here to help too, so contact us if you’d like to talk anything through. Here’s some more information about what’s included in the package. 

Advice and guidance

As soon as you sign up to the HR package, advice and guidance on all aspects of HR and employment law are only a phone call or email away. Whatever your HR or employment law concern, we’ll help you to resolve it in a way that works for your business and your employees. 

Policy and contract reviews

Being a great employer starts with your policies and how you follow them. We’ll review your current policies and processes and work with you to improve them. If we need to, we’ll help you to develop new policies and procedures that are a perfect fit with your organisation. 

We’ll do the same with your employment contracts and any other HR documentation that you use. So you can be confident that the information you’re sharing with your employees is accurate, up-to-date and legally compliant.

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Co-operatives UK has such a huge experience, knowledge and understanding of co-operatives they deliver to us sound and pragmatic guidance in developing HR policy.
– Heather Lee, Head of people and performance, Lincolnshire Co-operative

Representation and advocacy

When you employ people, there is always a risk that things may go wrong. If you find yourselves on the receiving end of a claim, we’ll represent you through Acas early conciliation processes and defence of employment tribunal claims – including advocacy at hearings. 

We’ll work with you every step of the way, acting as your representative in discussions and giving you advice and guidance throughout the process. 

Rewards and benefits

The recruitment process can be tough, from setting appropriate pay levels, to being confident that you’re legally compliant. We can guide you through this.

Our partnership with Korn Ferry means that we can provide accurate market pay data to help you to make sound decisions on pay. 

We can also help you to evaluate and size roles so you can be confident that you have an appropriate grading structure in place.

Online resources

Also included in your HR package is a subscription to XpertHR, the most comprehensive source of HR compliance, best practice and benchmarking in the UK. You’ll find template policies, processes and letters alongside comprehensive and up-to-date advice and guidance.

Affinity arrangements

HR Package subscribers also benefit from our affinity arrangements, which give you access to market‑leading products and services at discounted rates. Find out more about our affinity partners below:  

Through our agreement with Bupa, all HR Package members can access market-leading occupational health support at discounted rates. Bupa can deliver a suite of support, advice and guidance tailored to your co‑op’s needs – and we can facilitate discussions with them. More information about the services that Bupa offer.

We manage a group policy for the co‑operative movement, and through our partnership with AON Hewitt deliver the benefit of combined purchasing power to offer a scheme which is high quality and great value. We can facilitate membership of this group scheme for Co-operatives UK HR Package subscribers.

In addition to the free licences included in your Co-operatives UK HR Package subscription, additional licences are available to members at preferential rates.

Access and enjoy preferential business terms with Co‑operative Flexible Benefits provided by The Midcounties Co‑operative. In partnership with Co‑operative Flexible Benefits, we can provide Co-operatives UK HR Package subscribers with:

  • Leading ethical childcare (in supported locations)
  • Cycle to work
  • Payroll giving
  • Co-operative phone and broadband
  • Co-operative funeral plans
  • Family care advice

Benenden offers a simple business healthcare plan. All members pay the same low monthly fee regardless of age or pre‑existing medical conditions. The discretionary nature of Benenden’s healthcare services means they look for ways to help members on a case‑by‑case basis and with no limit to the number of times their service can be accessed:

  • No medicals or complicated questionnaires to complete
  • No exclusions for pre-existing medical conditions
  • No excesses
  • No upper age limits
  • Anyone aged over 16 and resident in the UK can join
  • Children under 16 can be added to an adult’s membership
  • Everyone pays the same low monthly fee
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