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Furlough Scheme update

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Furlough) Changes Effective 1st July 2021

As announced in the Budget today, from 1 July 2021, the level of the furlough grant will be reduced. From the 1st July 2021 you will be asked to contribute …

2021 spring Budget

Chancellors Budget – 3rd March 2021

Chancellor Rishi Sunak opened by detailing the pandemic’s economic impact and declared that his focus remains on protecting jobs, supporting businesses, and helping families. He shared data from the OBR, …

National Minimum Wage breaches 2016-2018

National Minimum Wage shock headline (Or is it?)

After a two-year pause (following the reforms to ensure that only the worst offenders were targeted) the Government recently relaunched its naming and shaming of employers who have been prosecuted …

How to avoid discrimination in the workplace

How to avoid discrimination in the workplace

While progress has been made on dealing with discrimination in the workplace, it unfortunately lives on, albeit in less obvious forms. At a time of unparalleled focus on the goals …

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Uber decision: The history and the future

Having now had the long-awaited judgement from the Supreme Court in the case of Uber vs Aslam and others, in this two-part blog, we look firstly at the history of …

Indirect discrimination

What is indirect discrimination?

The mere mention of the word ‘discrimination’ in the workplace is enough to strike fear into the hearts of UK employers. Once the fright takes hold, usually fuelled by high …

Step-by-step plan to ease restrictions in England

The Prime Minister announced to Parliament on Monday 22 February, the government’s roadmap to cautiously ease lockdown restrictions in England. It published a four-step roadmap to ease restrictions across England …

Positive discrimination

What is positive discrimination?

Positive discrimination We all recognise the importance of having a diverse workforce and how embracing a culture of diversity and inclusion makes good business sense in today’s climate.  The subject …

MAD-HR Feefo Award

MAD-HR has won the Feefo Gold Trusted Service award!

We are thrilled and honoured that MAD-HR has won the Feefo Gold Trusted Service award. FeeFo is an independent seal of excellence that recognises businesses for delivering exceptional experiences, as …

COVID-19 vaccine

Can I insist on my employees having the COVID vaccine?

With the COVID-19 vaccine rollout well underway, we look at whether an employer can insist on their employees being vaccinated when it is offered to them. There are many things …

COVID-19 workplace testing

Using COVID-19 rapid testing in your business

If you run a business (registered in England), you can register to order COVID-19 tests for employees who cannot work from home. The programme is designed to test workers without …

Workplace bullying

How to deal with workplace bullying

Bullying Doesn’t Only Happen on the Playground We all know about bullies at school, but when we leave education and enter the world of work, we expect it to stop, …

Appraisal process

How will your appraisal process reflect the challenges of the last 12 months?

Over the last 12 months the employer and employee relationship has moved into a different sphere. Openness, sharing of vulnerabilities and care for wellbeing has become the norm in many …

Statutory Payments 2021/22

The government has published the proposed statutory rates for maternity pay, paternity pay, shared parental pay, adoption pay, parental bereavement pay and sick pay, effective from April 2021. Statutory rates normally increase …

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Communication is key to employee engagement

The benefits that an engaged workforce brings to the business are noticeable in a very tangible way. Engaged employees feel a sense of attachment towards their employer investing themselves not …

Business Lenses

The Business Lens Strategy: How HR can support your business’ growth

How can HR support business strategy? What are the unique needs required to develop or sustain a successful business? To find out, take a good long stare at your business …

What is Maternity Allowance

What is Maternity Allowance?

Maternity allowance is a payment made by the government to those who are not eligible for Statutory Maternity Pay from their employer. It is currently set at £151.20 per week …

What is Bereavement Leave

What is Bereavement Leave?

In light of recent times, sadly even more people are likely to experience the death of a person close to them (a bereavement) during their working lives. Whilst there is …

What Is Compassionate Leave?

What is Compassionate Leave?

We all have situations in our lives whereby something unexpected happens and we need to drop everything in order to deal with that particular personal challenge.  Whether it be a …

What is Garden Leave?

What is Garden Leave?

Paying someone whilst they do their gardening?  Surely that can’t be right!  Why would organisations consider putting someone on gardening leave when budgets are already tight?  Does this concept still …

Vaccine angst amid the workforce

To jab or not to jab – that, it seems, is the question (for some). Since the first COVID-19 vaccinations began taking place here in the UK, the media has …

HR and employee mental health. What are my obligations?

Mental health has become one of the biggest challenges employees and employers have had to manage in the continuously changing work dynamic. In 2020/21, people were forced to shift into …

Onboarding remotely – strategies for success

Onboarding new employees can be a challenge at the best of times. Most of us remember the first-day nerves of starting for a new company – getting used to unfamiliar …

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