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A court case in the United States has highlighted issues which are relevant to all those who employ domestic staff. In the case, a chauffeur to a former Swedish ambassador is suing for £1.1 million following a fall from a ladder while he was assembling a...

The government is calling on all employers to reduce the pay gap between men and women.  Now, while the thrust of this is towards larger organisations, employers of domestic and household staff, can also 'do their bit' to ensure such inequalities do not exist within...

From 1 April 2016 workers aged 25 and over will be legally entitled to a new minimum pay rate of £7.20 per hour, called the National Living Wage (NLW)....

There are some changes to how benefits in kind can be processed for HMRC which may be of interest to some employers of domestic and household staff. To do so for the 2016-2017 tax year, you will have to register before April 6th. From an operational standpoint,...

A massive increase in care home closures, the negative impact of this on the health of residents and continuing slashing of council budgets for care home costs have focussed attention more than ever on feasible means of independent living for the elderly. Data from accountants Wilkins...

New and far reaching rights for agency workers are now in force in the UK. The new Agency Workers Regulations 2010 which came into operation on 1 October 2011 are the first trans-national legal measure to ensure agency workers are treated equally across countries and in...

Tax breaks for many well-off working mothers who employ a range of domestic help could be in the offing under ideas being considered by Prime Minister David Cameron. The controversial concept came from a recent summit meeting in Stockholm and has already been introduced in Sweden. The...

Under a recent change in employment legislation, the minimum period of service required before an employee may claim unfair dismissal has been extended from one to two years. This means, in effect, that employers of all domestic staff including housekeepers, nannies, live-in carers, etc  will...