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How to claim under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme?

1st Dec 2020
Business, Coronavirus, Employment LawHuman Resources

CJRS Grant - Step By Step Guide on How to Make Your JRS Claim The Government have released a further step by step guide on how to make your claim under the Extended Job Retention Scheme rules. Make sure that you have downloaded the guide today. Further information can be found on our Coronavirus HR Support Hub.

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CJRS – Updated guidance and new Treasury Direction as at 13.11.20

14th Nov 2020
Coronavirus, Employee Benefits, Employment Law, HR Resources, Human Resources, PayrollRedundancy

Updates to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme ("CJRS") guidance and a corresponding Treasury Direction were published on 13 November 2020. The Treasury Direction, which formally extends the CJRS from 1 November 2020 until 31 March 2021, outlines how it will operate between 1 November 2020 and 31 January 2021. This is the fourth Treasury Direction to be issued on this matter. Together, the Treasury Directions form the legal framework for...

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Extended Furlough Scheme Details Released

Extended Furlough Scheme Details Released

11th Nov 2020
Coronavirus, Employment Law, HR Resources, Human Resources, PayrollRedundancy

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, announced that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (also known as the furlough scheme) will remain open until 31 March 2021. For claim periods running to January 2021, eligible employees will receive 80% of their usual salary for hours not worked, up to a maximum of £2,500 per month.  This scheme is more generous than the arrangements under the Flexible Furlough Scheme in September and October. The...

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Chancellor extends furlough scheme until end of March 2021

Furlough scheme extended until end of March 2021

5th Nov 2020
Coronavirus, Employment Law, HR Resources, Human Resources, Payroll, RedundancyUncategorised

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has confirmed that he will extend the furlough scheme until the end of March 2021. Mr Sunak said the scheme will pay up to 80% of a person's wage up to £2,500 a month and this arrangement will be reviewed in January 2021. The scheme, in which employees receive four-fifths of their current salary up to a maximum of £2,500 of hours not worked, was originally scheduled...

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Chancellor Cuts Job Support Scheme Employer Contributions

Chancellor Cuts Job Support Scheme Employer Contributions

22nd Oct 2020
Coronavirus, HR Resources, Human ResourcesPayroll

NB – This information was superseded by the Prime Minister’s announcement on Saturday 31st October 2020. Chancellor Rishi Sunak has today (22nd October 2020) announced a further amendment to the Job Support Scheme, which is due to begin on 1 November 2020. When originally announced, the JSS (which will come into effect on 1st November 2020) saw employers paying a third of their employees’ wages for hours not worked and...

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Outsourced HR

Outsourced HR

13th Oct 2020
Absence Management, Change Management, Employee Benefits, Employee Engagement, Employee Handbook, Employment Law, HR Resources, Human Resources, Leadership, Onboarding Employees, Online HR, Recruitment, RedundancyTraining

Outsourced HR Considering outsourcing your HR? Take a look at this before you decide. We all know that issues with staff can be incredibly time consuming and these non income generating activities, although important, can become a significant cause of frustration.  You will have had those days when you wish you could wave your magic wand and make all of it go away, in comes your fairy godmother in the guise...

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Job Support Scheme Extended

Job Support Scheme Extended

9th Oct 2020
Coronavirus, Employment Law, HR Resources, Human ResourcesRedundancy

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced an extension to the Jobs Support Scheme, which is due to begin on 1 November 2020. Last month, the Government announced how the Jobs Support Scheme would contribute 1/3rd of the shortfall of wages (capped at £697.72pm) for employees who were working reduced hours, but working at least 33% of their normal (pre-furlough) hours. The employer would contribute a further 1/3rd of the shortfall, and...

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Staff Party Planning in a Pandemic

Does it really feel like Christmas?

30th Sep 2020
Business, Coronavirus, Employee Benefits, EventsHuman Resources

Staff Party Planning during a pandemic For those involved in staff party planning they would normally be breathing a sigh of relief by the end of August for having completed, what can be seen by many, as the most challenging/unwanted task of the year: organising the Christmas party! It is never easy to provide a celebration that is accessible and acceptable by all. That has the balance of professional ground...

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Employee Overseas travel

Employee Overseas Travel

29th Sep 2020
Business, Coronavirus, Employment Law, HR ResourcesHuman Resources

How to Manage Employee Overseas Travel During Covid-19 As part of the Government’s plan to reduce the rise of Coronavirus infections across the UK, we have seen a number of counties placed on the quarantine list over the past few months, resulting in returning travellers from those destinations, being placed into self-isolation on their return. This has not only had a general impact on the wider population but also employee...

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Job Support Scheme

Job Support Scheme

24th Sep 2020
Business, CoronavirusHuman Resources

Announced today the Job Support Scheme The Chancellor Rishi Sunak today outlined additional government support through the Job Support Scheme to provide certainty to businesses and workers impacted by coronavirus across the UK. Delivering a speech in Parliament, the Chancellor announced a package of measures that will continue to protect jobs and help businesses through the uncertain months ahead as we continue to tackle the spread of the virus. The...

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KICKSTART Scheme

Kickstart Scheme

2nd Sep 2020
Business, Coronavirus, Human ResourcesRecruitment

Kickstart Scheme Goes Live In the Chancellor’s Summer Statement, he announced that the Government will be supporting the UK’s economic recovery, with a number of measures which includes the Kickstart Scheme. This is a £2 billion fund to create hundreds of thousands of high quality 6-month work placements aimed at those aged 16 to 24 who are on Universal Credit and are deemed to be at risk of long term...

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HR Strategy

Why Now Is The Time to Review Your HR Strategy

2nd Sep 2020
Business, Employee Engagement, HR Resources, Human Resources, LeadershipRecruitment

HR Strategy An HR Strategy is critical to ensure the success of your business plan.  It ensures that you have your most important asset - your people – in place to achieve the goals you desire. Without a robust, up to date HR strategy, you are unlikely to hit your targets and / or be able to sustain them long-term, or experience further growth. Now is the time for you...

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HR Strategy

HR Strategy – 5 critical steps

28th Aug 2020
Business, HR ResourcesHuman Resources

5 Critical HR Strategy steps to implement in your business We love talking to clients about their plans for the future of their business, however the current pandemic has meant that many businesses are having to rethink their plans for their business and rethink their profit ambitions as a result. With a need to review your business plans, what impact does this have on your HR strategy and in all honesty,...

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Online HR Resources

Online HR Resources

18th Aug 2020
Business, HR Resources, Human ResourcesOnline HR

Online HR Resources Innovation and creativity are becoming ever more critical to many organisations’ success. HR has the power to create the conditions most conducive to both, however how can online HR resources innovate and add value through technological solutions?  Read on to find out. At the heart of innovation in HR is the implementation of new ideas, methods, and technologies to better meet the ever-evolving requirements of the organisation...

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furloughed workers get full redundancy payments

Furloughed workers get full redundancy payments

30th Jul 2020
Business, Change Management, Coronavirus, Employment Law, HR Resources, Human Resources, PayrollRedundancy

Furloughed workers get full redundancy payments The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy has announced this morning (30th July 2020) that it is bringing in a new law to ensure all furloughed employees receive redundancy payments at 100% of their normal pay, rather than a reduced furlough rate. Throughout the pandemic, the government has urged businesses to do right by their employees and pay those being made redundant based...

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Employment Contracts - Why Bother

Employment Contracts…Why have one?

27th Jul 2020
Employee Handbook, HR Resources, Human Resources, PayrollRecruitment

Employment Contracts We have heard both sides of the argument, with some employers suggesting that employment contracts are an absolute must, so that both parties know exactly what the rules of engagement are from the get go, likening it to a kind of “pre-nup”. Then we have the other end of the spectrum, whereby the argument is the shorter the contract and the less specific it is, the greater the...

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Employees returning from Spain

Employees returning from Spain

27th Jul 2020
Absence Management, Business, Coronavirus, Employee Benefits, Employee Handbook, Employment Law, Human Resources, MAD-HR NewsPayroll

Employees returning from Spain Employees returning from Spain Following a significant change over the last week in both the level and pace of confirmed Covid-19 cases, Spain has been removed from the list of countries where people do not have to self-isolate when arriving into the UK. As a result, the Government has recently re-imposed strict measures for anyone including employees returning from Spain, amid an increase in coronavirus cases in the...

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HR Resources

HR Resources

15th Jul 2020
Business, Employee Handbook, HR ResourcesHuman Resources

HR Resources online Running a business today is challenging to say the least. To continue to operate efficiently and profitably, business leaders need HR resources around them to help with the recruitment, induction, leadership and development of their teams. We recognise that human resources is an area that remains time consuming and problematic to you (not to mention costly). With employment law becoming more complex and changing frequently, it can...

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Suffolk Pro Help

New members of Suffolk ProHelp

10th Jul 2020
Business, Employment Law, HR Resources, Human Resources, Onboarding Employees, Online HRRecruitment

Suffolk ProHelp - Why we offered our services Suffolk ProHelp provides professional support and expertise to the voluntary sector and have been doing so since 2001. They have almost 40 member firms and MAD-HR are delighted to be one of those who have joined in offering local voluntary and community groups professional HR Services on a pro-bono basis. As providers of premier outsourced HR services we offer a comprehensive HR solution...

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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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Charlotte’s sound understanding of employment law and its application to our business has been invaluable.

MAD-HR has ensured we remain legally compliant and Charlotte’s innate understanding of people and her ability to communicate effectively with people at all levels and nationalities has resulted in many positive outcomes within our business. When I think about what Charlotte brings to our HR function, there are three aspects that are most important – her understanding of our business, her ability to think strategically and commercially.

I would have no hesitation in recommending Charlotte and MAD-HR to other organisations looking for an HR Business Partner that adds real value and really makes a difference.