Author: tga-nigel

Amid a raft of criticism of the UK government’s lack of commitment to an overhaul of social care, there is little to look forward to for those who elect or need to go down the residential care home route. Opposition ministers, council leaders, campaigners and those...

It used to be a bit of a joke - the British comedies about making overtures to the au-pair or nanny - but, in more recent times, such behaviour is deemed totally incorrect, a situation now accepted by almost everyone...

How do you feel about your domestic staff - nanny, live-in carer, housekeeper, etc. - using your phone or internet access for personal use? It is apparently an area you would be wise to clarify as a recent Employment Tribunal case has highlighted. In this case, the...

Ask 100 elderly persons if they would rather move into a retirement home, or stay in their own home and be cared for, and you don’t have to be a pollster to get the answer.  Of course, they would rather stay in their own home. That...

From summer 2013 onwards, employees and employers are to be encouraged to mediate or settle a dispute rather than go to an employment tribunal. The changes come  following the Ministry of Justice's consultation with businesses and the public.  Some of the fees will be slightly lower...

We have all heard the jokes and seen the films about the aging, doddery butler or the ancient housekeeper (well, many of us, anyway), and perhaps you have even said to yourself, “That’ll be old xxxx one day.” Well, be warned, if you get to the...

As an employer of domestic staff, housekeeper, carer, nanny, etc., it pays to keep abreast of new and potential changes to employment law.  Potential changes particularly, as if you really feel the change is not for the better, then you still have time to register...

If you are paying your domestic staff in cash, beware, a new HM Customs and Revenue (HMRC) drive is looking for YOU. Make no mistake, the authorities are embarking on a determined drive to catch those who often pay cash to staff at a level that...

It’s a temptation when choosing a new employee, especially someone you have sourced yourself, to let them work for you on a self-employed basis.  BUT...

Many of us employ immigrant workers, and the domestic staffing area is no exception, but following a Supreme Court ruling, the “Skilled Occupation Test” which has been used as a yardstick for allowing foreign nationals to work and remain in the UK is flawed. It turns...