Author: tga-nigel

The numbers of people visiting city parks and open spaces has soared by 25% from 2010 to 2016. According to Natural England, latest figures show an estimated 879 million visits to parks in towns and cities in 2015/16. Urban Green spaces are increasingly utilised with an...

Completely free movement of people will end when the UK leaves the EU, according a new  government white paper.  The decision will be a blow to many employers and potential employers of domestic staff. A white paper published mid-July lays out in 104 pages many of...

Summer time and August Bank Holiday is fast approaching. Just to remind you, the date is 27th August. But do you have the right to the time off, and do  you have the right to be paid? Contrary to what many staff believe, your employer does...

As an employer of domestic staff you will either have been asked to provide a reference to a staff member leaving your employ, or have asked for a prospective candidate to provide a reference. The normal procedure on seeking employment is to provide two references, one...

Despite a campaign launched earlier in the year to raise awareness of the shared parental leave scheme, take-up remains low. Are your domestic staff employees aware? Less than 8 per cent of eligible families have signed up for the scheme since its inception in 2015, that...

If you discover that a member of domestic/household staff lied in their CV when applying for a job, does it give you the right to dismiss them? The answer is, well it depends...

Before using electrical equipment, you should always check the electric cord for frays, breaks and defective plugs. Before plugging in an item of equipment, check to see that the equipment is switched to the off position. If you notice an item of equipment overheating, sparking or smoking,...

Cleanliness in kitchens is essential to prevent the spread of potentially harmful bacteria. Your employer should provide colour-coded kitchen cutting boards to reduce the risk of cross contamination. i.e. the transfer of harmful bacteria from one food product to another via the most common routes, equipment, tools, hands...

If you, as an employer of Domestic/Household staff pay enhanced Maternity pay, but not enhanced Shared Parental Pay, (SPL) how do you stand legally. (see explanatory footnote for further explanation) Well at the moment, it's a tricky question, as failing to do so has firstly been...