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How To Manage Absence

20th Aug 2015
Absence Management, Employment Law, Human ResourcesPayroll

Absence is a cost for any business - both financially and operationally - and therefore reducing and preventing absence makes good commercial sense. There are many ways that an organisation can look to reduce absence. Detailed below are MAD-HR's 10 top hints. Some will be more appropriate than others (depending on the organisation and culture). All will support the absence management process. There is however no single solution to reducing...

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Tax-Free Childcare – What’s The Deal?

14th Aug 2015
Employee Benefits, Human ResourcesPayroll

Tax-free childcare is part of the government's long-term plan to support working families and will provide up to 1.8m families across the UK with up to £2,000 of childcare support per year, per child, via a new online system. It was originally planned that the scheme would launch in Autumn 2015, but, as a result of a direct legal challenge from a small group of childcare voucher providers, development of...

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big employment law issues in 2016

What Are The Rules On Carrying Untaken Annual Leave When Off Sick?

7th Aug 2015
Absence Management, Employee Benefits, Employment Law, Human ResourcesPayroll

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has held that where an employee chooses not to take statutory annual leave during sick leave, he or she can carry forward the untaken annual leave for up to 18 months from the end of the leave year in which the leave arises. The Employment Tribunal Case Mr Plumb was employed by Duncan Print Group Limited as a printer. He sustained an accident at work...

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Compulsory National ‘Living Wage’ as of April 2016

7th Aug 2015
Employee Benefits, Employment Law, Human Resources, PayrollRecruitment

A new compulsory National 'Living Wage' of £7.20 per hour will be introduced next April for all working people aged 25 and over, the Government has announced. In his first purely Conservative budget, George Osborne said that “Britain deserves a pay rise and Britain is getting a pay rise”. The ‘national living wage’ (NLW) will be compulsory and the Low Pay Commission (LPC) will recommend future rises, with the Government...

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How To Calculate Holiday Pay

20th Jul 2015
Employee Benefits, Employment Law, Human ResourcesPayroll

In addition to current legislation, a number of recent court judgements should be considered when calculating holiday pay. This means that the rules employers and workers follow to calculate holiday pay may need to be updated. Key Points Guaranteed and normal non-guaranteed overtime should be considered when calculating a worker's statutory holiday pay entitlement but there is currently no definitive case law that suggests voluntary overtime needs to be taken...

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Is it ever too late to withdraw a job offer?

6th Jul 2015
Employment Law, Human ResourcesRecruitment

Can you withdraw a job offer that you have made and the candidate has accepted if your business requirements have changed? Once a candidate has accepted an unconditional offer of employment then a binding contract exists between employer and candidate, even if the candidate has not yet joined. If you do not proceed with the hire, then you will be in breach of contract and the candidate may be entitled...

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Unfair Dismissal for sending shared drive data

6th Jul 2015
Employment LawHuman Resources

An employment tribunal has found that an employee was unfairly dismissed for circulating to colleagues a document about proposed changes to his company's pension scheme, which he found on a shared drive. Mr MacKie worked for AWE plc, which is responsible for the design and manufacture of the UK's nuclear deterrent. He had been in employment with the company and its Ministry of Defence predecessor since 1978. A colleague invited...

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big employment law issues in 2016

How to manage Grievances received during Disciplinary Proceedings

6th Jul 2015
Employment LawHuman Resources

An employee who is subject to disciplinary proceedings has responded by raising a grievance. They claim that you must automatically put the disciplinary proceedings on hold until their grievance is concluded. Is this correct? No surprise there Having been notified that they are subject to disciplinary proceedings, many employees react to this news by raising a grievance. This could be in respect of the disciplinary proceedings, for example how the...

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How To Build a Better Team

14th Jun 2015
Employee Benefits, Employee Engagement, Human ResourcesLeadership

Have you ever wondered how some work groups exhibit effective teamwork and others remain dysfunctional? Effective teamwork is both profoundly simple and difficult at the same time. These ten tips from MAD-HR describe the environment that must occur within the team for successful teamwork to take place. Successful teamwork is the cornerstone for creating functioning, contributing teams and ultimately business success. The team understands the goals and is committed to attaining them....

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Managing Risk In Your Business

6th Jun 2015
Employment Law, Human ResourcesRecruitment

Recent statistics have indicated a rise in the number of attempts by employees or former employees to misappropriate an employer’s confidential information and trade secrets.  So, how can employers adequately protect their confidential information and trade secrets through the effective drafting of post termination restrictions in their employment contracts? And what options are available to employers in the event of a theft of this nature? It is important to understand...

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DVLA’s Share Driving Licence Goes Live

6th Jun 2015
Employee Benefits, Employment LawHuman Resources

This new service allows GB driving licence holders to share their information held at DVLA with whoever they wish, putting users firmly in control. Although the Share Driving Licence service was available from Tuesday 19 May drivers need to keep hold of their paper counterpart as it remains valid until 8 June 2015. The new sharing feature has been built within the live View Driving Licence service on GOV.UK. Drivers...

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When to legally request Doctor’s Notes

6th Jun 2015
Absence Management, Employment LawHuman Resources

An employee working for Pizza Hut in Canada rang in sick for one day stating that they had a cold. Their manager’s response was that they had to get a certificate from their doctor. In response, a letter was posted (anonymously) on the website Reddit and the result went viral. Here's why... GP's response It seems that when the employee approached his Doctor, as instructed by the manager, the doctor wrote...

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Is your employee’s vehicle shameful?

6th Jun 2015
Employee Benefits, Employment LawHuman Resources

Many employees drive their own vehicle on work related-business, to visit a client’s premises, attend courses or conferences, or attend meetings. However, not everyone keeps their vehicle in showroom condition - some are a disgrace. As an employer, do you have any right to lay down rules with reference to the appearance of your employee’s vehicle? Style? It may be that your employees’ car is littered with a vast number of...

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What Does The Abolition Of the Paper Driving Licence Mean?

1st May 2015
Employee Benefits, Employment LawHuman Resources

From 8 June 2015, the paper counterpart to the photo-card driving licence will not be valid and will no longer be issued by DVLA. The counterpart was introduced to display driving licence details that could not be included on the photo-card. These details include some vehicle categories drivers are entitled to drive and any endorsement/penalty points. (Please note, this does not affect photo-card licences issued by DVA in Northern Ireland)....

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Probationary Period – What Happens If You Do Nothing

1st May 2015
Employee Engagement, Employment Law, Human ResourcesRecruitment

Probationary Period - What Happens If You Do Nothing Many employers prefer to subject new employees to a period of probation - indeed, there are many advantages to this approach. But what’s the legal position if you do nothing at the end of it? Hidden advantage Some legal experts take the view that formal probation periods for new hires are pointless, primarily because anyone who’s been employed since 6 April...

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Do you have to manage diabetes as a disability?

1st May 2015
Absence Management, Employee Benefits, Employee Engagement, Employment LawHuman Resources

Diabetes, medically classified as a disease, affects around 3.5 million people in the UK. Often referred to as a 'condition' as it can be managed but not cured.  As an employee, the question you need to ask and be clear of is do you have to manage diabetes as a disability? Medical facts There are two types of diabetes: Type 1 diabetes occurs when the body produces no insulin and is...

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The 2015 General Election – The Possible Changes For Employment Law

23rd Apr 2015
Employment LawHuman Resources

2015 General Election In this blog post, we will take a brief look at the 2015 general election manifestos of the Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats & UKIP, in respect of their proposed changes to the employment law landscape, in the run up to the May election. Conservatives pledge to: Increase the NMW to £7 per hour in the near future. Prohibit exclusivity clauses from zero hours contracts. Require strike action...

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How To Conduct a Performance Appraisal

19th Apr 2015
Human Resources

You’ve invested your time, your money, and all your energy into building your company. But no company can function for very long without a team of productive employees supporting it. It’s important not only that your employees feel appreciated, but also that they feel they're progressing steadily in their careers. One of the best ways to ensure this level of job satisfaction is by holding employee appraisals at least once a...

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New Compensation Limits – Effective April 2015

2nd Apr 2015
Business, Employment Law, Human ResourcesPayroll

New Compensation Limits 2015 The Government has published details of the new compensation limits - annual increases to statutory redundancy pay and the amount of compensation that employment tribunals can award for unfair dismissal, which will take effect from 6 April 2015. From 6 April 2015 the maximum amount, for a week’s pay, for the purpose of calculating a statutory redundancy payment increases from £464.00 to £475.00. The maximum unfair...

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How to have an effective performance conversation

19th Mar 2015
Employee Engagement, Employment Law, Human ResourcesLeadership

You’ve got an employee who isn’t contributing their fair share. You know you need to address it. The rest of the team can tell this employee is a poor performer.  If you don’t do something, your credibility will suffer. The purpose of conversations like this isn't to punish the employee. It’s to change their performance. That’s why you don’t want to delay the conversation. The longer you wait; the harder the...

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