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The recent employment tribunal case of a mother who returned to work after Maternity Leave and had her request for flexible working refused has again focussed on the need for all employers to consider such requests seriously. In this case it cost the employer £185,000 in...

Under a new proposed government plan, staff will be able to request flexible working from the day they start work, and all employers will have to respond more quickly and explain any reasons for refusal. At the present time the right to request flexible working only...

The possibility of extending Paid Parental Leave after a post 24 week miscarriage is to be discussed shortly in parliament. This may well directly affect the many domestic and care workers who are women. Employers are already duty bound under the Paid Parental Leave Act to...

With the final winding up of the government’s furlough scheme, will you be looking for a new job? Will your employer want a new person in your domestic or household position? According to The Office for National Statistics it is expected that hundreds of thousands of...

If a member of your domestic or household staff ask for time off to go to a doctor, what is your reaction? Do you, say, take the time out of your holiday pay? Do you say yes they can take the time off? Do you wonder...

While the number of job adverts in the UK is well above pre-pandemic levels, the number of those seeking work has headed in the opposite direction. According to the Office for National Statistics, the volume of jobs advertised online  was 128% higher than in February last...

In the current employment situation, with furlough ending and changes in the air, it may well be your wish as an employer of domestic/household staff to want a speedy dismissal of an employee. However, it must be remembered that a contract is a contract and before...

A high proportion of employees in the domestic and  household service  are women, and as such, dependant on their age, will have their monthly cycle as a natural part of life. For many, this can be a painful experience, and indeed a YouGov survey  in 2017...

With the UK opening up and relaxing some  Covid-19 rules, many employers are still concerned that existing staff and new staff need to be fully vaccinated to work.   The situation on whether this is legally acceptable, however, is still far from clear. There has been advice though...