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Why would anyone want to work for you and your business?

29th Oct 2019
Employee Engagement, Human Resources, Leadership, RecruitmentTraining

As an employer, it’s inevitable that you might often find yourself wondering whether you risk losing a member of staff to a larger, wealthier, trendier or more conveniently located competitor. But is such paranoia simply looking at that fear the wrong way around? Instead of wondering whether you might lose employees – usually just when you’ve invested your time and trust in getting them well trained and equipped for your...

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We’re up for a national award!

31st Aug 2019
Human Resources

Recognition comes in all sorts of forms for a business. In our case, at MAD-HR, there’s something hugely validating about the calls, letters (yes, we still receive them!) and emails from satisfied clients wanting to tell us about the impact of our advice or support. In the last two weeks, however, we’ve had a very special piece of recognition to celebrate. We are officially shortlisted in the High Growth Business...

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MAD-HR takes a closer look at the IR35 legislation

27th Aug 2019
Business, Employment LawHuman Resources

With the introduction of IR35 to the private sector from April 2020, the team at MAD-HR have taken a look at what IR35 is all about and who might be affected by it. IR35 is legislation under the Finance Act which is designed to combat tax avoidance from individuals who work for you, in the same way as an employee would but who filter their income through a third party...

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MAD-HR discusses the impact of the Taylor Review

23rd Aug 2019
Employment LawHuman Resources

Following the UK’s vote to leave the EU, the Government commissioned an Independent Review of Employment Practices in the Modern Economy. The audit, named the 'Taylor Review' was undertaken by Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive of the Royal Society of the Arts, was delivered two years ago in the Summer of 2017. Following on from that, the Government launched a series of consultations on how to take the recommendations forward. The...

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The MAD-HR Team grows

2nd Jul 2019
Human Resources, Main Website OnlyUncategorised

MAD-HR, the premier providers of outsourced HR services across East Anglia, are delighted to announce the expansion of their experienced team. This growth will enable the team to work with more clients to continue to Make A Difference through the provision of commercial HR support across the region. Established in 2014 by Managing Director Carole Burman, MAD-HR has gone from strength to strength in just five years in business, with...

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Training Workshop

HR Heroes Training Courses are here to save you

29th Mar 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 Suffolk in 2019. 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 a series...

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T-Level Qualifications

What are T-Level Qualifications?

22nd Mar 2019
Employment LawHuman Resources

Have you ever wondered what the A in A-Level stood for? With the arrival of the new T-Level qualifications it's time to find out: It transpires that A is for Academic and reflects the focus for achievement of this qualification. The newly created  T-Level has arisen from a full review of vocational education and has led to the creation of a new qualification with a more technical focus. The T-Level...

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Meetings, Meetings and More Meetings

9th Mar 2019
Business, Employee Engagement, Human ResourcesLeadership

Most meetings fail to get going from the start. The group is kept waiting for people to arrive. Others want to keep chatting about "important" but unrelated topics.  The dreaded "since I have you here" move that turns the group's agenda into a personal one. Still others keep texting and emailing while the leader struggles to get everyone focused.  That's a big problem.  Have you ever considered the cost of a meeting? Take a look...

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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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appeal court outcome

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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How has MAD-HR made a difference to your business?

3rd Sep 2018
BusinessHuman Resources

We like to let our customers speak for us when it comes to our services so when John Jackaman from Infusions Ltd gave us feedback about our HR toolkit we wanted to share it with EVERYONE. Please take a few minutes to watch our video and if you think the toolkit would help your business, get in touch.      We thank John for his testimonial and you can read...

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Is a Four-Day Week Practical?

3rd Sep 2018
BusinessHuman Resources

We're very lucky to be well known in our region as one of the go-to HR service providers, and our Director Carole Burman was happy to help answer The Big Question in a recent edition of the Business East Magazine. This month the question was - Is a four-day week practical? Here's what Carole had to say - Our work sees us delivering HR advice to all shapes and sizes...

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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 The Temperatures Climb, The Responsibilities Soar

25th Jul 2018
Employee Benefits, Employee Engagement, Human ResourcesLeadership

We can plan for all kinds of scenarios as HR advisors. We’re often waiting like a coiled spring for the next recruitment wave for one of our clients, or their sudden requirement on a tricky dismissal, or responding when a member of staff walks in the office and announces they’re seven months pregnant! Weather is such a tricky one. While many of us are, for the most part, delighted to...

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Is the MAD-HR Toolkit right for your business?

25th Jul 2018
Employee Benefits, Human Resources, RecruitmentTraining

We like to let our customers speak for us when it comes to our services so when John Jackaman from Infusions Ltd gave us feedback about our HR toolkit we wanted to share it with EVERYONE. Please take a few minutes to watch our video and if you think the toolkit would help your business, get in touch.  We thank John for his testimonial and you can read his words...

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Lessons In Management From Southgate

16th Jul 2018
Business, Employee Engagement, Human Resources, LeadershipTraining

One of our clients recently invited us to a celebration for an employee who’d been with them 20 years. Perhaps not a long time, when compared with the 35-plus years for which some staff used to pick up watches and clocks and tie-pins in generations gone by, but today, without a shadow of a doubt, two decades is a long time to stay on the same ‘team’. It doesn’t take...

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What do the new GCSE grades mean?

16th Jul 2018
Human Resources, Leadership, RecruitmentTraining

If you employ school leavers or apprentices, you’ll begin notice a difference on CV’s coming across your desk soon. If you’re not already aware, the GCSE grading system had an overhaul beginning in 2017 which among other changes sees grades changing from letters to numbers. Instead of grades A* to G, you’ll see the numbers 9 – 1, with 9 being the highest grade. English Language, English Literature and Mathematics...

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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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