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Living Wage Questions

Here are a few questions for you as employers of domestic staff – and they are not trick questions! Firstly, do you know what is meant by the National Living Wage? Secondly, do you know what the figures are? Thirdly, do you know when they are going to change yet again? Fourthly, do you know …
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The Five Second Rule

Many of those who are in the food preparation business including, of course, housekeepers, cooks and nannies, still hold to the five second rule. For those who are not acquainted with this concept, it is commonly held that if food falls to the floor, and is retrieved in less than five seconds, it is safe …
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PART TWO OF OUR GUIDE TO PROVIDING SAFE WORKING GUIDELINES FOR DOMESTIC AND HOUSEHOLD STAFF

ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT Before using electrical equipment, the user should check the electric cord for frays, breaks and defective plugs. Before plugging in an item of equipment, the user should check to see that the equipment is switched to the off position. If staff notice an item of equipment overheating, sparking or smoking, the user should …
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Assess risks to domestic and household staff then take appropriate precautions

A recent court case has highlighted the need for all employers to ensure that employees, including domestic and household staff, are protected at work from risks.   The case of Tracey Kennedy has also focussed on the need to extend such care to situations when your staff maybe outside, in addition to when working indoors. …
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Do I Have to give my domestic or household staff bank holidays in addition to their annual leave?

The short answer is no, you don’t, but and there is always a “but”…. All employees are entitled to 5.6 weeks of annual leave and it is quite legal to include bank holidays in this figure. However, this should be clearly spelt out in the contract of employment (which of course you have given them). …
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What if…….. A member of your domestic or household staff asks for bereavement leave?

Assuming you already have a contract of employment for your domestic and household staff, then you will (or should) have included in it your annual leave policy. The rules on Paternity, Maternity and Adoption leave have recently been revised and published, so in these situations, your obligations are clearly laid out. But what if a …
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