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A recent tragic death of an elderly patient at a care home has highlighted the need for special instructions on patient requirements not only to be clearly specified, but carried out. In this incident, the family of an elderly woman had arranged for respite care at...

Citizens Advice recently advised employees, including domestic and household staff, to check their wage slips over the Christmas period to ensure they were paid in full for any extra hours they may have worked over the time. Although the festive period has gone, the issue remains...

Mounting pressure on Britain's care for the elderly has opened a potential area of risk for those in need of care. Ex-pats living primarily in Spain are being recruited to care for the elderly in the UK by organisations which provide carers - but there are...

The UK government has an easy to use tool for checking someone’s right to work, available at https://www.gov.uk/legal-right-to-work-in-the-uk.  As rules may change dependent on rulings either from the UK government or the European Union, this provides the most up-to-date source of information. You can be prosecuted...

There are special rules for deciding if someone is employed or self- employed. This is called their 'employment status'. If they are self employed you don’t need to worry about operating PAYE. HMRC have prepared a useful guide if you wish to be absolutely sure of...

A domestic staff member, housekeeper, carer, nanny, etc. can very quickly become someone  who is heavily relied on (nobody really being indispensable, although we often use that term). When they are off sick, we generally manage or muddle through in the anticipation that they will not...

What is the Living Wage, what is the amount and do you have to pay it? There is often confusion about the differences between the National Minimum Wage, the National Living Wage and the Living Wage, so the following will clarify everything for you. The National Minimum...

The perils of flexible working requests can prove a difficult maze to negotiate; there are lessons to be learnt. As employers and prospective employers of domestic and household staff you may well be asked by an employee if they can work flexible hours. On the face...

  Whenever a bank holiday, as Public holidays are termed, falls on a weekend, a “substitute” weekday becomes the bank holiday, normally the following Monday. But as an employer, do you have to allow your staff these days off? There is actually no statutory right for employees to take...

If you wish to terminate an employee’s employment, to avoid a claim for unfair dismissal, it must be for a “potentially fair” reason (as prescribed by law) and must also be reasonable. It is important that you follow a proper procedure before terminating employment to...