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If your housekeeper, chauffeur or any member of domestic staff wishes to work flexible hours, how do you react?  Or, more to the point, how should you react? Until now, the answer has been clear:  unless that staff member was a carer or looked after children,...

How caring do you have to be in respect of your domestic staff? The easy answer is “not at all”, but, while this may be essentially true, the truth isn’t always what it seems. If you show no care in regard to your housekeeper, cook, nanny, etc....

A phrase from an advertisement often comes to mind when dealing with issues of employer/employee relationships, particularly when it comes to domestic staff:  "It’s good to talk.” The trouble is we are all so busy that the personal touch is not so much swept under the...

If you are considering taking on a domestic staff member, it may well be the first time you have ever employed anyone. There tend to be two approaches to the situation; either, in with both feet without really considering the implications, or, feeling more than a...

It is sad, but true, that sometimes an employer/employee relationship has to end.  In the domestic staff environment, matters are often clouded by the closeness which can build up between employer and staff member. There are many reasons why the relationship has to end, but certainly...

A new ruling which could affect all UK employers and employees may well impact on the holiday pay entitlement you pay to your domestic staff. The Employment Appeals Tribunal has ruled that the following affects ALL UK employers and employees:  that normal overtime remuneration in addition...

Diana Graham has recently written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, appealing for the Employment Allowance on National Insurance Contributions to be extended to the employers of domestic staff.  You may read her letter to the Chancellor....

Another care home has been closed recently, and not for the first time, the reason is lack of care standards. The Care Quality Commission ordered the immediate closure of Merok Park Nursing Home in Surrey after inspectors visited and concluded that the residents were “at significant...

If you are an employer, of domestic staff, for instance, then sometimes the mere mention of HM Revenue and Customs can send a shiver down the spine.  However, a new service provided by this organisation falls very definitely in the “Very Helpful” category. They are offering...

1 December 2014 was the start date for the introduction of Shared Parental Leave, three words which could well usher in a host of complications as employers seek to maintain the staff cover needed while meeting all the requirements of this piece of legislation. Let’s try...