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How much could focusing on childcare cost you at interview?

How your recruitment process can go very wrong The Japanese Consulate in Edinburgh has been levied with a large fine, after an employment tribunal ruled they discriminated against a female …

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How to manage a potential employees poor sickness history

When interviewing a potential employee it is important not to contravene the disability discrimination law when enquiring about health and sickness records. The Equality Act 2010 states very clearly that …

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How to be a great accountant

“I have the privilege of talking to a lot of business owners and a lot of accountants. It always amazes me that accountants aren’t just good with numbers, balance sheets …

Business Growth

How to help your client’s business grow

Your client is about to expand their business and you’ve been helping them get to where they are today. You’ve helped form the infrastructure of their company and have developed …

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How the dismissal of baker for not washing hands was fair

An employment tribunal has held that an experienced employee should have appreciated the seriousness of breaching his employer’s hygiene rules and it was appropriate for the employer to dismiss him. …

Disciplinary Procedures

6 points to include in Disciplinary outcome letters

So, the Hearing is over and you’re nearing the end (hopefully). We share our 6 tips on what to include in a Disciplinary outcome letter. 1. Confirm the decision in writing …

Leadership

5 Top Tips on avoiding constructive dismissal claims

When an employee is left feeling that they have no other choice than to leave their job due to their employer’s behaviour, you’re on course for a constructive dismissal claim.  …

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How to manage employee requests to record meetings

An employee may wish to make a recording of a work meeting, such as a disciplinary or grievance hearing or a meeting with his or her line manager, for a …

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Meet Carole and hear how HR and PR are connected

MAD-HR are sponsoring the upcoming Menta ‘Meet the Journalists’ event on Tuesday 13th September. An opportunity for businesses and marketing managers to meet, network and ask questions of some of …

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How to assess if a grievance is genuine

An employee has just provided you with a written grievance. However, you have some doubts about whether the content has been fabricated to get somebody else into trouble. Are you …

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No more exclusivity allowed in zero hour contracts

The Government has now brought into force legislation which prohibits the use of exclusivity clauses in zero-hours contracts. Such clauses are deemed to be unfair as they prevent an individual …

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How can a probationary period help your business?

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) …

Leadership

How to manage and lead organisational change

Whether you’re introducing a new initiative or about to launch a new product or perhaps you’ve identified that there are mistakes happening with the processing of orders or duplication of …

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Does smelling of alcohol justify dismissal?

Imagine the scenario – one morning an employee arrives at work (on time) but it’s glaringly obvious to all that they had a heavy drinking session the night before. Indeed, …

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What you need to know about this hotly awaited Appeal hearing

Lock and another v British Gas Trading Ltd, the highly anticipated case on including commission payments in holiday pay calculations, was heard at the Court of Appeal on Monday 11 …

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Told to wear a skirt and make up – discrimination payout

Sex Discrimination A waitress has been awarded more than £3,500 after winning a sex discrimination Tribunal against an employer that requested she wear a skirt and make-up to be “easy …

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Help employees cope with school holidays throughout the year

With the majority of full-time employees entitled to 5.6 weeks annual leave, coping with an average of 14 weeks of school holidays every year can be tough. The summer holiday, …

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What you need to know about Human Trafficking Statements

The Modern Slavery Act 2015 s.54 requires certain commercial organisations to publish an Annual Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement. Application The organisations this applies to are those: with a total …

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What small businesses must know about modern slavery…

It occurs to us at MAD-HR that many small business owners may think that you don’t need to worry about Modern Slavery as the Act is directly linked to high turnover …

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References indicating high sickness?

References of High Sickness – What should you do? You’ve received a reference reply that that your prospective employee has had references of high sickness absence over the last 12 …

Right to work checks – what are the current UK regulations?

All employers in the UK have a responsibility to ensure that the people they employ have a legal right to work. In order to do this, there are some right …

HR Compliance and what it means for your business

With regulations and legislation changing constantly, ensuring that your business remains compliant has its challenges. The ever-changing world means that sometimes it is hard to keep up to date with …

How to onboard successfully

Victoria Smith writes about the onboarding process and how to get it right. Onboarding is the term that is more recently used for welcoming new employees into a company and …

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