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We have often cautioned employers of domestic and household staff of the potential dangers of taking staff dismissal decisions without relevant professional advice as the consequence of getting it wrong can be expensive Now, the potential cost of losing an Employment Tribunal claim for unfair dismissal...

A recent Employment Tribunal judgement demonstrates how careful employers need to be when criticising an employee . Kerry Moth was a detective Constable in the Devon and Cornwall police and suffered from  illnesses including visceral hyperalgesia (regional pain syndrome), depression and, later, fibromyalgia. She was overweight...

What Is A Domestic Couple?  A domestic couple is usually a husband and wife who work for a property on a live-in basis in their own separate or self-contained accommodation. Between them, they will be responsible for a variety of different household tasks. Usually, the female will...

With all the pressure and confines the Covid 19 pandemic has created, it would be a surprise if you have given much thought to taking a holiday. However, you are still  legally entitled to your holiday period, so how do you stand when holiday leave mounts...

It’s been a very strange time since the Covid-19 pandemic started and we were locked away from friends, staying in contact where possible via the internet. But have any of your friends, working like you in the London and Home Counties area, simply disappeared off the...

Lay Men And Women To Sit At Tribunals It’s possible that if you have ever considered taking a case to an Employment Tribunal you have been worried you would be overawed in front of a Judge. A  new decision to train non-specialist called “lay”people to sit in...

The debate around vaccine passports continues to develop with the UK still saying that at present there are no plans to initiate such a programme. Much of Europe, however, is rapidly taking  different view. For those  contemplating a much needed summer holiday, with or without domestic...

If you have experienced an unexpected slump in response to a job advertisement for domestic or household staff recently, this could be the reason: The “perfect storm” of Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic has kicked off a huge exodus of immigrants from the UK with London the...

News that those deciding, or contributing to a decision you are facing at an Employment Tribunal may not be trained in law as judges, may come as a shock to many employers. It was recently announced that the Tribunals Judiciary is, for the first time, recruiting...

Under the on-going Covid 19 pandemic, it is not surprising that taking a holiday this year has not been high on the agenda of most employees. But the legal entitlement to holidays still exists, and what is the position when holiday leave mounts up and is...