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10 Easy Steps To Becoming A More Effective Manager

If you are stepping into your shoes as a manager for the first time, or you are looking to improve your management skills, then the following advice could help you …

Employers risk breach of holiday rights with contract wording

Some employees are set to suffer a breach of their annual leave rights as a result of the way that Easter bank holidays fall this year and next year. The …

How to manage time off work to provide Court evidence

If an employee is required to give evidence as a witness in Court it is important to understand how that time off work should be accounted for. There are different …

Leading by Example – Leadership in the 21st Century

Over the years that I have worked in HR, I’ve taken a number of courses, read a number of books, and have seen and utilised a number of tools that …

Including new information in disciplinary proceedings

Following a disciplinary hearing, further negative information has come to light about the employee. According to the Employment Appeal Tribunal, can it be taken into account when determining the appropriate …

Does a driving ban mean dismissal?

An employee asks to see you and tells you that they have been banned from driving after committing a criminal offence. Does a driving ban mean dismissal for them in …

Monitoring Employee Communications, Where’s The Line?

The European Court of Human Rights recently ruled that an employer had not breached human rights law when monitoring employee communications. However, UK employers would be wrong to see this …

Employers Will Have To Pay Commission As Part Of Holiday Pay

 The decision was handed down in the long-running case of Lock v British Gas Trading Ltd, which was first brought to tribunal in April 2012. The case involves Mr Lock …

Why you need to bother with probationary periods

Apparently, 88% of employers regret at least one recruitment decision they’ve made in the past twelve months. The main problems are because they (1) aren’t up to the job; (2) lack skills; …

The New National Living Wage

The Government’s New National Living Wage became law on 1 April 2016. If you’re an employer, you need to make sure you’re paying your staff correctly, as the National Living Wage will …

The 2016 to 2017 Statutory Rates

2016 to 2017 Statutory Rates Statutory parental payments and statutory sick pay are generally increased annually. However, there’s some good news on the 2016 to 2017 Statutory Rates for employers. …

9 Tips to Improve Your Confidence When Communicating

Communication is an essential part of work and home life. Understanding how to be a good communicator can be an important productivity tool, one that’s frequently neglected. Poor communication can …

Big Employment Law Issues For Smaller Employers in 2016

What SMEs should look out for in the coming year Employment continues to be a highly politicised issue and significant changes to the law governing it have been brought in …

How to avoid disability discrimination in recruitment

A tribunal has ordered that an employer must pay an employee who was suffering from throat cancer over £115,000 in compensation. What did the employer do wrong? The case of …

What you need to know about name blind recruitment

“Name blind” applications are being supported by various large employers such as the NHS, BBC and local government to overcome ethnic and gender bias. This in effect means that hiring …

Managing employees’ social media use during sickness

An employee is off sick when a colleague approaches you and tells you that they have seen photos on social media of the employee at a music festival.  The photos …

Managing employees who choose not to take leave

The Working Time Regulations 1998 (WTR) states all employees have the right to statutory paid annual leave. If an employee works five days a week they are entitled to 5.6 …

Modern Slavery Act 2015 – What are the implications?

From 1 October 2015 employers with an annual turnover of more than £36 Million will be required to produce and publish a slavery and trafficking statement each year. Here we ask …

10 Reasons Why Companies May Need HR Support

HR Support Many companies struggle on without the aid of an HR Manager or any form of HR support at all despite the constant increase in employment law. However, HR …

How To Calculate a Redundancy Payment In Lieu Of Notice

Where an employee is dismissed with a payment in lieu of notice, to calculate his or her length of service for the purposes of statutory redundancy pay, the employer should …

Top 10 benefits of a retained HR service

Whilst many businesses are continuing down the road to recovery following the Covid-19 outbreak, what the pandemic has provided is an opportunity for their HR provider to shine and to …

Q&A with Sophie Hughes, HR Consultant

We value getting to know all about the clients we work with and the faces behind the brands and businesses. Naturally we expect you to want to know more about …

Suffolk Business Award Finalist 2021

MAD-HR is delighted to have been recognised at last night’s prestigious Suffolk Business Awards, in the Customer Excellence category. The announcements were made at a black tie event at Milsoms, …

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