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Being a boss is all about persistent learning…Even when uncomfortable

What a water-cooler type conversation-starter the latest series of Undercover Boss turned out to be. If you’ve not had the pleasure of immersing yourself in this fly-on-the-wall content, you really …

Final Countdown to Furlough

The final countdown to furlough

September is the final month of the furlough scheme, subject to any last-minute extension. It was introduced in March 2020 as a short-term measure to support employers in paying their …

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When does a failure to furlough as an alternative to redundancy result in a successful claim for unfair dismissal?

The employment tribunals are starting to hear claims relating to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). In two recent first instance decisions (which are not legally binding on other tribunals), …

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COP9: What to do when HMRC come calling

Chris George, Tax Manager at Scrutton Bland explains what happens in a tax investigation. HMRC has extensive powers to open investigations into the tax affairs of an individual or business. …

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What right to you have to check an employee’s COVID vaccine status?

With quarantine – for the most part – no longer required for the double jabbed, and with more and more employees returning to offices, client visits and work-associated trips – …

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Full Time HR Consultant Suffolk

Founded in 2014, MAD-HR has built a reputation as a great place to work and we are looking for a Suffolk based HR consultant to join the team on a …

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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

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 for personal conduct

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 …

Grief in the workplace

Grief in the workplace – How does an employer best support staff?

In a year which has seen so many of us experience loss and grief, it’s no wonder why employers might be minded to think about how they would most appropriately …

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Terminating employment in a remote working world

Terminating an employee is never easy; it can be challenging and complicated at any time, let alone when the employee is working remotely. For the employee, it can be a …

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IR35 – Update

With IR35 having been extended to the private sector in April 2021, what do we know so far? Here’s the MAD-HR insight on what employers need to understand about criteria …

Fire and rehire

Minimise risk when it comes to fire and rehire

The issue of ‘fire and rehire’ makes its way to parliament this week, with Labour MP Barry Gardiner proposing a bill to outlaw such tactics. But what exactly is the …

Tactical Hiring in a recruitment crisis

Recruitment crisis? Solutions for tactical hiring even when it’s urgent

If there’s one area which often sees businesses seeking the support of HR consultancy, it’s when they’re set on a recruitment drive. Whether the intention is to recruit one, six …

One bad apple in the workplace

One bad apple in the workplace

We all know the analogy about one bad apple among a crop of healthy ones. You put that rotten fruit among your untainted haul, and sooner or later, there’s an …

The effort of appraisals

The effort of appraisals – Why are they so important?

An effective performance management process and appraisals can have a significant impact on a company’s productivity and profitability, as well as its culture, values, and morale – all of which …

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Hospitality restart

For many, we’re entering a long-awaited period, where hospitality businesses can finally throw open their doors and deliver a more ‘normal’ customer service. But the idea of those pubs, bars, …

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Learn crucial HR procedures with our HR Heroes course

Do you require HR training? Whether you have had HR responsibilities thrust upon you at work, your position requires you to engage in people management, or you have taken on …

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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 …

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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 …

Supporting gender reassignment in the workplace

Over recent years we have seen the need for a better understanding of trans employees within the workplace. There is often a lack of understanding and knowledge on how to …

Cycle to Work schemes are back in fashion

The following article was written by Martin Moore, Employee Benefits Consultant, Beckett Financial Services. With the rising cost of living and a huge shift in employee expectations in the last decade, …

What is the best way to manage relationships at work?

What is the chance of meeting that special someone at work? Following a Totaljobs Survey of more than 5,000 people, 22% of people report meeting their partners at work. More …

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