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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 …

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Brexit – What is the impact on employers?

Employers need to understand the impact changes in employment law will have on their obligations to employees who hold citizenship outside the United Kingdom. Immigration laws are changing; this has …

Furlough Scheme extended to 30 April 2021

In a bid to provide some certainty into the New Year, in these incredibly uncertain times, the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has announced the furlough scheme is being extended for an …

Employee Engagement – Why Bother?

The success of your business in the 21st Century depends on how engaged your employees are – this is even more acute in the current pandemic. Business owners need to …

How to claim under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme?

CJRS Grant – Step By Step Guide on How to Make Your JRS Claim The Government have released further a step by step guide on how to make your CJRS …

CJRS – Updated guidance and new Treasury Direction

Updates to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (“CJRS”) guidance and a corresponding Treasury Direction were published on 13 November 2020. The Treasury Direction, which formally extends the CJRS from 1 …

Extended Furlough Scheme Details Released

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, announced that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (also known as the furlough scheme) will remain open until 31 March 2021. For claim periods running to January …

Furlough scheme extended until end of March 2021

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has confirmed that he will extend the furlough scheme until the end of March 2021. Mr Sunak said the scheme will pay up to 80% of a …

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Chancellor Cuts Job Support Scheme Employer Contributions

NB – This information was superseded by the Prime Minister’s announcement on Saturday 31st October 2020. Chancellor Rishi Sunak has today (22nd October 2020) announced a further amendment to the …

The end of furlough is coming – are you ready?

The Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) – known as furlough – has acted as a lifeline to millions and runs until the end of September. More than 11.4 million …

Annual leave and the COVID implication

In any normal year, it’s something of a national pastime to ask where friends and colleagues have been on holiday, or where they plan to go. And yet, as we …

Dismissal on the grounds of personal conduct

When newspapers around the world recently captured the moment that Professor Chris Whitty was accosted by a group of jeering males, the world and his wife were quick to pass …

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