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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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Why You Should Choose MAD-HR!

25th Jun 2018
Human Resources, Leadership, RecruitmentUncategorised

A (Moving) Picture Speaks Louder Than Words We're very lucky to have lots of wonderful clients in our MAD-HR crowd. We know HR is not the easiest topic for business people to open up about, there are so many private and personal aspects to it, but we have some clients who want to explain why they chose us. Firstly John Jackaman from Infusions Ltd. Enjoy! John's testimonial is lovely and we're...

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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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Managing the World Cup 2018 and potential disruption

17th May 2018
Absence Management, Employee EngagementHuman Resources

The FIFA World Cup is due to start on 14th June, with 60 matches being played in Russia over the course of a four weeks before the final on 15th July. With some matches taking place during or close to many employees’ normal working hours, we look at ways to support you in managing any disruption that may be arising. 1. Deal fairly with competing requests for time off Employers may...

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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 To Get The Best Out of Your Appraisal Process

21st Nov 2017
Business, Employee EngagementHuman Resources

Appraisals are like marmite: employees and employers alike either love them or hate them. But like Marmite, performance appraisals are here to stay. If managed in the correct way they can be a fantastic tool to motivate your team, maximise the return on training and development, build robust succession plans, retain talent, and open up communication. So what is the best way to approach your appraisal process to maximise the...

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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 Now Is The Time to Review Your HR Strategy

6th Nov 2017
Business, Human ResourcesRecruitment

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 to review...

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How To Create a Great Culture and How Can You Measure It

31st Oct 2017
Business, Employee Engagement, Human ResourcesLeadership

If you can create a great culture in your organisation, everything else will fall into place. Great culture results in a happy and stable workforce, reliable teamwork, high productivity, increased profits and the realisation of business plans. So how to achieve it…… Listen and Respond to your team. Your employees are your most important asset and when they feel valued, they will be loyal, perform at their very best and...

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How To Effectively Manage Probationary Periods

19th Oct 2017
Business, Change Management, Human Resources, Leadership, RecruitmentTraining

Probationary periods for a new recruit are now commonplace. The use of a Probationary period is at the discretion of the employer in terms of whether to have one and if so, how long the period should be.   The main purpose is to assess performance, and suitability for the role and organisation, in a set timeframe, with the ability to not continue employment if the employer is not satisfied....

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Growing Your Business with a Winning Team

16th Oct 2017
Business, Employee Engagement, Human ResourcesLeadership

Your business will only be as successful as your team. A simple fact and possibly the biggest challenge facing entrepreneurs. The market can be open, your product or service optimally priced and of the desired quality, yet you will only reach your growth potential if you have the right team working with you. You want a team who cares; who are committed and are skilled in performing the tasks needed...

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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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Training and Development – How to Maximise Delegate Buy-in?

15th Sep 2017
Human Resources, LeadershipTraining

As a manager, or the lead for training and development in your organisation, you may have identified a skill gap, and feel you have a bonafide case for investing in training whether for an individual or a group of employees. You have obtained the senior commitment needed to enable you to access not only the funding but also the support for the time needed for the employees to complete the...

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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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