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On-boarding Guide - How to successfully induct new employees in the new normal

On-boarding New Employees

30th Jun 2020
Business, Employee Engagement, Human Resources, Onboarding Employees, Online HRRecruitment

On-boarding New Employees Right now, employers are facing an unprecedented time of not only managing their work force as they adapt to working from home but also recruiting and on-boarding new employees into the company fold. On-boarding new employees under these circumstances is proving to be a challenge but not unachievable if planned in advance and when technology is harnessed to deliver on-boarding programmes. The On-boarding process is an unmissable...

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HR Online Masterclass with Charlotte Bate

HR Masterclass with Charlotte Bate

23rd Jun 2020
Business, Human ResourcesOnline HR

HR Online Masterclass Charlotte Bate - Director of MAD-HR talks with the team from Addicted to Business (Nathan Lomax from Quickfire Digital and and Stokely Howard from Trendy Grandad) about rewarding the right behaviours and the dark side of HR. If you have any HR concerns or questions about any of the topics discussed in this HR Online Masterclass podcast, please get in touch with us as we would be...

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Lockdown Learning - Get to know the MAD-HR Team

Get to Know the Team

19th Jun 2020
Human Resources

Lockdown Learning with the MAD-HR Team Here at MAD-HR we are passionate about our people and in the spirit of Making A Difference we thought we would share some Lockdown Learning with you all. At MAD-HR we practice a flexible working policy, so we have haven't been overly impacted by the need to relocate our team to work from home. This was set up from the inception of MAD-HR and...

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HR Services - Considerations when working with HR firms

HR Services – Considerations when working with HR firms

14th Jun 2020
Human Resources

HR Services With employment law changes taking place regularly, and with the current challenges facing the business community, it is an ideal time to look at strengthening your HR input.  Using an outsourced HR provider to provide expert HR Services may be the answer but how to select the right one? Flexible to suit YOUR needs – if you already have an HR Officer or department, look for an outsourced...

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Managing Annual Leave e-Learning Course MAD-HR

FREE email course on Managing Annual Leave

1st Jun 2020
e-learning, Employee Benefits, Employment LawHuman Resources

FREE email course on Managing Annual Leave Course updated 2020 to include Good Work Plan We have put together this easy to follow, legally accurate FREE email course to support you as an employer so that you know all that you need to manage annual leave. This course has been updated to include the recent changes contained within the Good Work Plan. Simply, sign up below and you will receive...

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Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme Portal & Amendment to SSP Regulations

Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme Portal & Amendment to SSP Regulations

28th May 2020
Business, Coronavirus, Employee Benefits, Employment Law, Human Resources, LeadershipPayroll

Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme Portal & Amendment to SSP Regulations Employers will be able to make claims through the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme Portal from 26 May to reclaim SSP paid to current or former employees. The repayment will cover up to 2 weeks starting from the first qualifying day of sickness, if an employee is unable to work because they either: have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms cannot...

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Returning to Work after Lockdown

Returning to Work – In the New Norm’

21st May 2020
Change Management, Coronavirus, Human ResourcesLeadership

Returning to Work Right now, the focus for many businesses is to keep their organisation afloat, exhausting new sales opportunities and fighting other impacts and challenges being presented by the Coronavirus pandemic - like returning to work, at full capacity.  Businesses have to prepare for the longer-term impact and enabling employees to return to work in a safe way and provide a safe environment for them to work in, in what...

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Latest furlough and holiday pay guidance

Latest Furlough and Holiday Pay Guidance

14th May 2020
Business, Coronavirus, Employee Benefits, Employment Law, Human Resources, LeadershipPayroll

The Government has clarified issues relating to furlough and holiday pay in guidance published yesterday (13 May) by the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy. While it was confirmed last month that furloughed workers could take annual leave without breaking furlough, many questions remained regarding whether an employer could require staff to take holiday, and the status of temporary and agency staff was also still unclear. What is great about...

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After Covid-19 Webinar 30th April 2020

Coming Out of Covid-19 Stronger Than Ever?

21st Apr 2020
Business, Change Management, Coronavirus, Human ResourcesLeadership

Webinar - After Covid-19 How can you use your time now so that after Covid-19 your business comes out stronger than ever before? Many businesses have battened down the hatches, furloughed team members and are now left wondering “so what next?” Whilst Covid-19 has challenged even the mightiest of businesses to stay on track, now is the time for all business leaders to not only deal with the challenges of...

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Step By Step Guide on How to Make Your JRS Claim

18th Apr 2020
Business, Coronavirus, Employment LawHuman Resources

Step By Step Guide on How to Make Your JRS Claim The Government have released further a step by step guide on how to make your claim for a grant under the Job Retention Scheme. The portal opens on Monday so to be ready - make sure that you have downloaded the guide.

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Government Confirms Extension to the JRS Scheme

17th Apr 2020
Business, Coronavirus, Employee Benefits, Employment Law, Human Resources, LeadershipPayroll

Government Confirms Extension to the JRS Scheme Claims were originally permitted for periods to 31 May 2020 but due to the extension of social distancing restrictions for at least a further 3 weeks the Chancellor has extended the furlough payment period to 30 June. The online portal for businesses to start filing their claims is due to be fully operational from Monday, April 20th. It will allow businesses to claim...

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16.04.20-FAQ-About-Furloughing job retention scheme

Job Retention Scheme – FAQ’s as at 16.04.20

16th Apr 2020
Business, Coronavirus, Employment LawHuman Resources

Job Retention Scheme - FAQ's as at 16.04.20 As Government advice is changing weekly regarding the job retention scheme and furloughed staff. We have been inundated with questions regarding the process of furloughing staff and in response to this we have been providing free guides as well as supporting the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce with a Furloughing Webinar on 15th April 2020. As expected, we were overwhelmed with specific questions...

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Communicating with Furloughed Staff - Coronavirus HR Support Hub

Communicating with Furloughed Staff

14th Apr 2020
Business, Coronavirus, Employment Law, Human ResourcesLeadership

Communicating with Furloughed Staff In order to access the grant to cover 80% of their reference pay (to a max of £2500) through the Job Retention Scheme, there are a number of rules that the employer must follow when it comes to dealing and communicating with furloughed staff.  As an employer you want to ensure that you maintain a level of contact with your furloughed employees who may be feeling...

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HMRC Job Retention Scheme Portal

Job Retention Scheme Portal is set to go live 20th April 2020

8th Apr 2020
Business, Coronavirus, Human ResourcesPayroll

HMRC have advised that their online portal for JRS grant claims will go live on 20 April. Further details will be issued to employers in due course. Most employers will already be registered with HMRC for PAYE online but if not, you need to do this as soon as possible as this will be required in order to make your claim and it can take 10 days to process. If...

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Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme update 04.04.20

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) – Update 04.04.20

5th Apr 2020
Business, Coronavirus, Employment LawHuman Resources

Coronavirus JRS Update All UK employers with a PAYE scheme will be able to access support through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to continue paying part of their employees’ salary for those that would otherwise have been laid off during this crisis. Since the announcement was made by the Chancellor, there has been guidance provided to ensure that employers understand the rules of the grant scheme.  These rules were updated...

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Update ref IR35 legislation

18th Mar 2020
Business, Employment LawHuman Resources

UPDATED 18.03.20 Government has announced a last-minute postponement to the implementation of the Off-Payroll Tax to the private sector in light of the recent Covid-19 outbreak, with the legislation now due to be reintroduced in April 2021. The decision was taken following significant pressure from contractors and campaigners - and indeed from within the House of Lords - who warned that the inevitable loss of work due to the virus for contractors...

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Parental Bereavement - Your obligations as an employer

Parental Bereavement Leave and Pay- What Are Your Obligations as an Employer?

1st Mar 2020
Absence Management, Employee Benefits, Employment LawHuman Resources

The Government has introduced the right to parental bereavement leave and pay.  The new rights will come into force with effect from 6 April 2020. So what are the changes? An employee who loses a child under the age of 18 or suffers a stillbirth after 24 weeks of pregnancy, will be entitled to 2 weeks’ statutory leave to be taken in one block or as two separate blocks of...

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HR Trends You Need To Know About in 2020

13th Jan 2020
Business, Employee EngagementHuman Resources

Workforce management, particularly engagement, is evolving fast, and companies are working harder than ever to attract and retain the best people. As we move full speed into 2020, we’ll see the latest HR trends adopted as business owners, and senior management understands the benefits they bring not just to themselves, but also their teams. Here’s MAD-HR’s take on what the HR trends will be in 2020. Flexible working If you’re...

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HR Heroes Training Courses are here to save you

27th Dec 2019
Absence Management, Change Management, Employee Benefits, Employee Engagement, Employment Law, Events, Human Resources, Leadership, RecruitmentTraining

MAD-HR are delighted to announce the launch of the HR HEROES workshop series to be delivered in Essex and Suffolk in 2020. With constantly evolving employment laws, and successfully growing businesses with increasing employee numbers, comes added responsibility and a need for a greater understanding of HR practises. These HR Heroes training opportunities will offer practical solutions for managers and HR professionals alike. Our senior consultants at MAD-HR have developed...

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HR Services - Considerations when working with HR firms

Overcoming HR hurdles and making a difference for new and growing businesses

20th Dec 2019
Business, Human ResourcesMAD-HR News

HR Expert - HR Toolkit When you start up or grow your business, you must oversee everything. But the need to keep so many plates spinning at once can be overwhelming, particularly as you need to learn from your mistakes fast which can be compounded if you are not an HR expert. As your business grows, recruiting new team members is the obvious next step, although it’s a transition that...

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