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A domestic staff member - housekeeper, carer, nanny, etc. - can very quickly become someone who is heavily relied upon (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...

In part 1 of this feature, we looked at how you deal with a domestic staff member’s long term sickness, but it is important to refresh our minds on the basics and how the rules, applicable since 2010, operate. Going back to basics, are you aware...

There is an important change in dealing with breaches of health and safety regulations of which as an employer of domestic staff: carer, housekeeper, nanny, chauffeur, etc. you need to be aware. A controversial amendment to s47 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974...

If a member of your domestic staff:  housekeeper, carer, chauffeur, etc. falls ill and becomes, effectively, long term sick, it presents a host of problems for you as an employer.  Traditionally, that staff member would not return to work until fully fit again. However, a new...

For those of us employing domestic staff, particularly where they interact with children or vulnerable adults, there are substantial new changes to what we have come to know as CRB checks. The previous system has been replaced and CRB checks renamed, with a new Disclosure and...

It wasn’t too long ago that it was unusual for households in the UK to have domestic help, but the picture is changing.  Now, says the Work Foundation, one in 10 households employs domestic help.  In London the figure rises dramatically higher than this.  Currently,...

In parts one and two of this series we looked at the problem for many successful working and business women, of managing a caring and efficient home and giving aging parents the best possible care. Here we provide viable working solutions. There are several means by...

It may be true to say that from time to time we have all lost our temper with a domestic member of staff: a housekeeper,  carer or a nanny, and, in the heat of the moment, perhaps spoken in an intemperate manner.  Nothing new there,...

There are many barriers already broken by women today: the boardroom, finance and politics to name but a few, but there are still two barriers that block many women from achieving their full potential. Firstly and traditionally, the baby barrier, for it is an undeniable fact...

In part one of Breaking the Final Barrier we discussed the essential problem for many women, that of combining success in business with providing the best possible level of care for aging parents.  Here we continue with addressing how the problem of financing that care...