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An appalling list of deficiencies in a residential care home which charged between £680 and £1,350 a week highlights once again that cost does not equal quality and reinforces the need to consider other care options. Inspectors found a resident, who previously had deep vein thrombosis,...

We are all aware that changes are in the air regarding Brexit and freedom of movement for EU nationals and the risk of changes to the current regime. So it may well occur to you that it would be prudent not to take on an EU...

A legal case currently going though the European Court of Justice (ECJ) may impact employers who have engaged workers on a self-employed basis and therefore not given paid holidays. This could apply to all employers, including those who have engaged household support staff on this...

Parents who suffer the death of a child may soon have the statutory right to paid leave. This will affect every employer including, of course, those of domestic/household staff. The Parental Bereavement (Pay and Leave) Bill will give grieving parents paid leave, taking them away from...

A bill currently going through parliament will lay down new regulations on payment for work experience. This will obviously extend to any such work undertaken regarding household, gardening or seasonal activity. Titled the Unpaid Work Experience (Prohibition) Bill [HL] 2017-19 I will prohibit non-payment for work-experience...

Employment Tribunal Claims May Rise After Ruling Employers of domestic and household staff need to be aware that disgruntled former employee's can now lodge claims in employment tribunals without paying fees. This follows after the Supreme Court ruled that the tribunal fees imposed in 2013 were illegal. Now,...

Domestic staff need to be aware when considering a job in the Gulf countries that maids there have been illegally bought and sold on the internet. The warning comes after a BBC investigation found that Facebook Groups are being used to to conduct the trade. This...

If the recommendations of an independent review of the treatment of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) individuals in the criminal justice system become law, the criminal records of any criminal could be sealed from employers, including of course those of domestic and household staff. The...

The internet tutorial programme provided by HMRC (HM Revenue and Customs) continues to expand and offer valuable, free learning opportunities for all employers, including those of domestic and household staff. Their “Webinars,” web based seminars, cover a range of subjects relating to, tax, benefits and expenses....