A company which helps people stay on the right side of the law has found itself behind bars.
Growing firm HR Dept has moved into its new South Tyneside home – the former police station and magistrates’ court in Jarrow, which still has its cells.
The company says it prides itself on being a ‘get-out-of-jail-free’ card for business that don’t have their own human resources staff – and helps them to handle employment regulations, from staff contracts to tribunals.
Jayne Hart runs the South Tyneside, Newcastle and Gateshead franchise of the national brand from a former police cell in the new Clervaux Exchange in Clervaux Terrace.
The 50-office state-of-the-art business and conference centre was converted from the old police station and courts building and opened its doors in June.
Jayne, a chartered member of the Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) with 15 years’ experience in HR, previously worked for Government agencies including Defra, and led an enforcement team looking after the countryside.
You could say I’ve moved from gamekeeper to poacher, because my focus is now on keeping clients out of trouble, rather than prosecuting those that break the rules.Jayne Hart, HR Dept.
She said: “You could say I’ve moved from gamekeeper to poacher, because my focus is now on keeping clients out of trouble, rather than prosecuting those that break the rules.
“Today, a specialist HR department is a luxury many companies can’t afford but, at the same time, you can’t afford to get things wrong when you’re dealing with staff.
“That’s where we come in.
“We act as your HR experts as and when we’re needed, whether that’s for one-off advice drawing up an employment contract, learning about Working Time Regulations, or ongoing support in the case of employment tribunals.”
HR Dept. reduces the risks to businesses through advice tailored to individual firms.
Its services include an insured advice line, offering unlimited email and telephone support, bespoke business employee contracts and handbooks, practical and strategic support on issues such as redundancies, plus help with day-to-day HR issues.
Jayne has worked with companies across the North East including Nationwide Heating & Cooling, The Door Centre North East, Woodruffs Estate Agency, manufacturing company Paragon RT, and The Christmas Decorators. Jayne is also working extensively within the IT sector and with a number of charities.
Jayne is offering free drop-in sessions and a tour of the new Clervaux Exchange building – including the old cells – for businesses interested in finding out more about the services that she provides.
l Contact her on 0191 594 7789.