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  Whenever a bank holiday, as Public holidays are termed, falls on a weekend, a “substitute” weekday becomes the bank holiday, normally the following Monday. But as an employer, do you have to allow your staff these days off? There is actually no statutory right for employees to take...

If you wish to terminate an employee’s employment, to avoid a claim for unfair dismissal, it must be for a “potentially fair” reason (as prescribed by law) and must also be reasonable. It is important that you follow a proper procedure before terminating employment to...

A new report by Age UK shows that two out of five ・ 41% of residents in independent care homes are self-funding, i.e. paying all their own costs ・ at much higher levels than state-funded residents. There is, however, a far better use of your...

As an employer of domestic/household staff it is important you understand the obligations of the Shared Parental Leave rule. The rules came into force in April 2015, and a recent case – the first of its kind - brought by a husband has shown that paying...

As an employer of domestic/household staff are you up-to-date with the new tax laws on expenses and or benefits paid to employees? New rules were introduced in 2016 concerning what counts as an expense or benefit as well as new exemptions. To stay within the rules, you...

When there is a seasonal demand for extra staff, offering students or others a zero hours contract may seem to offer an answer, but what does that mean and what are your obligations? This easy-to-follow guide points you in the right direction. The words 'zero hours...

As an employer, or prospective employer of domestic/household staff it is important that you keep up to date with changing and current rates of pay for the National Minimum Wage, particularly as the penalties for non-compliance have become considerably greater. From the 1st of October  (2016)...

Some recent court cases have highlighted the affect of heavier penalties since the implementation of the Definitive Guideline for the Sentencing of Health and Safety, Corporate Manslaughter and Food Safety and Hygiene offences. These came into effect in February 2016 and followed the publication of...

When you have cause to consider suspending a domestic/household member of staff due to a perceived act of misconduct where can you turn to for reference on how to proceed? Firstly, we would stress that before taking action at all, you should take appropriate professional advice. However,...