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When is Notice of Dismissal Effective?

9th Nov 2018
Absence Management, Employment Law, Human ResourcesRecruitment

An employee was given notice of redundancy but was on holiday when the letter arrived. There was a significant difference in her pension entitlement between leaving at age 49 and age 50 – which everyone involved knew about … In the case of Haywood vs Newcastle Upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust - what happened next? This case hinged on the date when notice of termination of employment began to run. This...

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Mental Health and Well-Being at Work

9th Nov 2018
Absence Management, Employee Benefits, Employee Engagement, Employment Law, Human ResourcesTraining

Mental health problems are common, experienced by up to one in four of the population. Problems are often hidden, stigma is still widespread and many people do not receive adequate support from services. Mental health problems often start early in life and can be prevented through creating mentally healthy environments in schools, neighbourhoods and workplaces and in providing services to individuals and families that promote mental health, help identify signs...

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A Budget for Hard-Working Families – the Strivers, Grafters and Carers….

30th Oct 2018
Business, Employment LawHuman Resources

Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond’s opening statement which was greeted by laughter in the House with the claim that it will  “pave the way for a brighter future”. With talk of the economy and Brexit being a daily event, the Autumn statement has never been more in the focus for business owners. With £20bn needing to be found for the NHS alone and government debt to be controlled, there...

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Giving Notice To Leave A Job is Not Always A Letter Of Resignation

22nd Oct 2018
Employee Engagement, Employment LawHuman Resources

A letter that gives one month’s notice should not automatically be interpreted as a letter of resignation, an employment appeal tribunal judgment has confirmed. The Facts The claimant, Mrs Levy, was employed in the Records Department by East Kent Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust (the Trust). Mrs Levy successfully applied for an internal position in the Trust's Radiology Department, subject to pre-appointment checks. After having been given the conditional offer,...

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Planning for Paternity

15th Aug 2018
Employee Engagement, Employment LawHuman Resources

Why Less Men Are Taking Leave…And What Employers Need to Know When you’re male employee skips into work after the summer holidays and proudly proclaims he’s going to be a Daddy, do you: A – Leap across the office, shake his hand and offer to take him for a pint? B – Immediately start recalling the sleepless nights which you experienced when your own first-born landed several years ago? C...

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When Football Comes Home Does That Mean Your Staff Will Stay Home Too?

11th Jul 2018
Employee Benefits, Employee Engagement, Employment LawHuman Resources

Absenteeism after World Cup matches is well known phenomenon and has historically cost British businesses millions. So what about this year?  How has this affected you? Gareth Southgate has been turning us on with his snazzy waistcoats and ace management style but now that it's all over (bar the game for 3rd place) have hungover staff cost you business money in lost revenue? Have you been tackling employee absences in...

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Contractor, Worker, Employee? What Does the Pimlico Case Mean?

3rd Jul 2018
Business, Change Management, Employment Law, Human ResourcesRecruitment

Every so often, a case hits the media which immediately sets the phone ringing and the emails hitting the MAD inbox. The latest? Pimlico Plumbers. In case you’ve not followed the headlines and the ruling, it centred on the decision by the Supreme Court to conclude in favour of contractor Gary Smith. Whilst Mr Smith was paying self employed tax, and was also VAT registered, he was effectively a ‘worker’,...

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What’s the Solution to Finding and Keeping the Best Talent?

10th Jun 2018
Business, Change Management, Employee Benefits, Employee Engagement, Employment Law, Human Resources, Leadership, RecruitmentTraining

If I could name one question which gets asked of me most among new and existing clients, it’s along the lines of ‘how do I find and keep the best talent?’ As consultants in the HR world, there’s not a week goes by where we’re not asked to help a company who are losing a key member of staff, wanting to recruit that ‘Superstar Employee’, or once again battling their...

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Succession Planning & Talent Spotting are the Key to Diversity

5th Jun 2018
Employee Engagement, Employment Law, Human Resources, Leadership, RecruitmentTraining

For our latest blog, MAD-HR founder Carole Burman discusses talent-spotting, board diversity, and succession planning. Last week saw reaction travel far and wide, over a new report which revealed major companies had some pretty dire excuses as to why they’re not appointing women to the board. The findings of the government-backed Hampton-Alexander Review were that CEOs at some FTSE 350 companies were still of the belief that women would not...

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When does the notice start from?

27th Apr 2018
Employment Law, Human ResourcesPayroll

An NHS worker sent a redundancy notice when she was on holiday abroad has won her case at the Supreme Court. The High Court and Appeal Court had upheld Sandi Haywood's claim that notice began when she read the letter, not when it was sent. The later timing resulted in a higher pension. The details of the case Mrs Haywood, from Gateshead, worked for Newcastle and North Tyneside Primary Care...

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What you need to know about employee record retention

16th Mar 2018
Employment LawHuman Resources

With GDPR looming, we are often asked “how long do you have to keep employee records for?” If you are looking to save space, reduce cost, minimise the risk of losing or damaging vital information and are moving towards sustainable ‘green’ practices such as going paperless, the following information will help you get your house in order. This information is to be used as a guideline for retention times, in the...

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Limits on Payments and Awards

15th Mar 2018
Employee Benefits, Employment Law, Human ResourcesPayroll

We share this handy table on limits on payments and awards to help you remain compliant with employment law. NB: This table was updated 15.03.18. [table id=1 /] [mad_subscribe driptag="BLOG" headline="Book a Free Online Toolkit Demo Today." description="In just 30-minutes our team can show you the benefits of our cost-effective, hassle-free way to ensure you are HR compliant. Complete the form below and we will contact you to book your...

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Statutory Payments Table 2017/2018

11th Mar 2018
Employment Law, Human ResourcesPayroll

We have put them in this handy table for you so you know what to do. [table id=1 /] Read how the Government administer Statutory Payments here  

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Are the Quality of Your Line Managers Holding Your Business Back?

7th Dec 2017
Business, Employment Law, Human ResourcesTraining

Line Managers and Supervisors are those responsible for motivating the workforce, maintaining morale and developing the culture you desire for your organisation. Once you have established your targets, formulated your strategic direction and cascaded that through to your frontline managers, it is then their role to not only continue with the same message but to ensure that it happens. Are you confident that your line managers are supporting you, and...

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How Effective Is Your HR Department?

15th Nov 2017
Business, Employment Law, Human ResourcesRecruitment

Whether you have an HR department of twenty or two or even one person with a split role, it is impossible to run a business and employ staff without having some form of HR support.  As your organisation grows, it quickly becomes obvious that to be effective, the HR department needs to go beyond simple recruitment and legal compliance. An effective HR department plays a vital role in supporting the...

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Why Should Every Employer Care About The Culture of Their Business?

26th Sep 2017
Employee Engagement, Employment LawHuman Resources

Culture can be hard to define. It can be considered how organisation’s conduct their business – “how we do things around here”.  It is the system of shared assumptions, values, and beliefs, which have a strong influence on the people in the organisation and dictate how they act and perform their roles. So why be concerned with your culture? Because very simply, the organisation’s culture is the foundation of its success. A...

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What is the first thing you should do when your star performer resigns?

20th Sep 2017
Employee Engagement, Employment Law, Human ResourcesRecruitment

There is no longer an expectation of a job for life with the average Briton having six different employers during their career.  It can be an upheaval in the largest of organisations, but for an SME, having your star performer resign can leave you feeling overwhelmed and concerned with the future of your organisation. It can be difficult to process and initial reactions often include wondering if you have done...

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Do You Have The HR Professional Support You Need To Take Your Business Forward?

5th Sep 2017
Employment Law, Human Resources, Leadership, RecruitmentTraining

The past 24 months have certainly seen a dramatic change in the economy. Brexit, the unexpected General Election, indeed the unexpected General Election result, and shifts in earnings, employment and inflation, have all impacted on how we manage our businesses. It was reported in August 2017 that we now have the lowest level of unemployment in the UK since the mid-1970s with the Office for National Statistics reporting a jobless...

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MAD HR New Anglia Growth Hub Webinar

17th Aug 2017
Employment Law, Human Resources, LeadershipRecruitment

Our very own Charlotte Bate took part in a webinar for the New Anglia Growth Hub, entitled 'An Introduction to Employing People'. The webinar runs through various elements that businesses should consider when employing staff. Our recent blog Hiring Someone – What You Need to Know gives a complete guide to the factors you need to consider when you expand your team. Have a read or sit back and relax and listen...

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Hiring Someone – What You Need to Know

17th Aug 2017
Employment Law, Human Resources, LeadershipRecruitment

You may have set up your business from your kitchen table last year, or jumped straight into premises with the intention of going global. Whatever your business plan, growth and success normally results in the need for support which introduces EMPLOYEES! A daunting and terrifying thought for the uninitiated but never fear – the team at MAD-HR are here to support you and help you realise that hiring someone needn’t...

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