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If a member of your staff were to become seriously ill or die whilst in your employment, who would you need to notify? If they die, then you would contact the police; if they were seriously ill, you would probably call for an ambulance or contact...

When an offer of employment to an applicant to work within your household has been made subject to a health check, what are the legal implications, both for the applicant and the employer? Should the applicant refuse to have such a health check, where does the...

Paying taxes and keeping one's employee records in order may seem to be a chore, but it's unavoidable if you want to remain on the right side of HMRC.  We often highlight the value of information published by HMRC through the Employer Bulletin and through...

Muggings and street assaults are regrettably not isolated incidents in the UK, particularly in larger towns and cities.  In a recent incident, a nanny who was with a young child was threatened with violence and robbed. Such an incident raises the issue of an employer’s duty...

A recent survey by London-based domestic staff recruitment agency, The Graham Agency, has produced 10 questions that are asked by candidates seeking a job.  They are vital to avoid the possibility of confusion and disappointment after you have started work. The top 10 questions are: Will my...

When someone comes to live in your home, as a housekeeper, nanny or carer, one takes all the usual precautions of having the agency vet the applicant.  But would it occur to you that your lifestyle and standard of living may be far removed from...

If you are a busy working mother at some point you may ask yourself: "Why am I doing this? So much of my earnings are going on childcare." It’s a fair question and, looking at some of the statistics, it’s not hard to see...

As illegal immigration into the UK continues, a new risk is evolving for employers of domestic and household staff. A BBC documentary recently showed footage of suspected illegal immigrants entering the country, filmed by a member of the public, and of other illegal immigrants being offered...

There are many households which employ domestic staff on a part-time basis, and some may well be using a form of contract known as a “zero hours contract.” In recent times this form of contract has come under strong scrutiny and criticism as being unfair on...

As a member of domestic or household staff you may well have read news items recently about the Living Wage and wondered what exactly it is. Perhaps you wonder if you should be paid it? Are your friends being paid it? The Living Wage...