News & Events

This new year heralds probably of some of the greatest changes in the UK for decades. The big issue is of course Brexit and the affect it will have on a huge range of issues in our lives. However, there are many other Bills due to...

To remind you of important dates coming up. Firstly, this year's remaining Bank holidays for England and Wales as well as those for 2019 and some notes on how you can react as an employer. 2018 England and Wales Summer Bank Holiday         Monday 27 August Christmas Day                       Tuesday 25 December Boxing Day                           ...

Over 150,000 UK workers are set to receive a pay rise, and it's all voluntary on the part of the employers. This pay rise is because their employers have signed up to the Living Wage..but haven't we all? Actually, no. The Living Wage is totally separate...

New research shows how difficult it is in the UK for many to break out of poorly paid jobs, in direct contrast to the situation of domestic staff who pass through our doors. The Social Mobility Commission has said that low pay is "endemic" in the...

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,...