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How many of us who employ domestic staff work from home?  How many of those who employ domestic staff bring work home, to read or work on? Taking the two issues together, the answer is probably the majority of us.  And that brings us to the...

“I’m not the type of person to employ a nanny or housekeeper; it’s for the very well off and really high flying professional, isn’t it?” It's an interesting question and an even more interesting answer because in the last ten years the amount of money spent...

New limits on certain Employment Tribunal awards and other payments under employment legislation will increase from 1 February 2013. These changes are due to publication of the new Employment Rights (Increase of Limits) Order, with changes including: When redundancy payments are calculated, the new figure of £450...

They live the other side of the world, but face similar problems to us here in the UK in that they have an increasing aging population. The difference is that this country has made a commitment to allowing older people to stay in their own homes...

We have written previously about judgements made by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) regarding the rights and wrongs of staff, including domestic staff, carers, etc., wearing religious symbols, but most of us are still confused about procedures. In March 2013 the UK government published...

In the first instalment of this feature, we examined the problems which have beset some care homes and their clients, asking the question:  "Is there another option?" There has to be another way and, in this case, there is.  However, it’s one which for many does...

No one we know would knowingly employ an illegal immigrant as a member of their domestic staff, as a carer, housekeeper or nanny, would they? But what about someone who came over as a student, on a specific visa, and just stayed on?  Or someone who...

It’s a sad fact, but many of those who have reached a certain level of maturity and wish to retain their independence seem to be totally invisible to those who govern their lives. It would be bad enough being Cinderellas, at least as a group, they...

We all try to be fair, yet do others always try to be fair to us? Let us imagine we have just hired a new member of your domestic staff, be it carer, housekeeper or nanny.  Six weeks in, she comes and tells you she is...

This article continues from The Invisibles, part 1. If a far greater number of the elderly were able to enjoy the care option of staying in their own home through the provision of financial support, it would have the double benefit of opening this option up...