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If you are paying your domestic staff in cash, beware, a new HM Customs and Revenue (HMRC) drive is looking for YOU. Make no mistake, the authorities are embarking on a determined drive to catch those who often pay cash to staff at a level that...

It’s a temptation when choosing a new employee, especially someone you have sourced yourself, to let them work for you on a self-employed basis.  BUT...

Many of us employ immigrant workers, and the domestic staffing area is no exception, but following a Supreme Court ruling, the “Skilled Occupation Test” which has been used as a yardstick for allowing foreign nationals to work and remain in the UK is flawed. It turns...

How do YOU apply the working hours regime for your domestic staff?  Are they full-time, or part-time with specified hours?  Or on a zero hours contract where an employer can call an employee in as and when they are required for work? For many people, their...

It’s been a busy morning; you have not stopped, so you grab a sandwich while you get on with what you are doing.  And if it’s good enough for you, it’s good enough for your domestic staff:  housekeeper, nanny, carer, etc, working for you...

There have always been a number of avenues into a caring career and a number of reasons for choosing it in the first place.  Now it seems there is yet another reason and it is down to the government. There will be new rules governing the...

The UK government’s new plans for a radical shake-up of the parental leave system will have a direct impact on many employers, including households which employ just one member of domestic staff. Until now, if your female employee becomes pregnant, she is obviously entitled to maternity...

If the domestic staff you employ are from overseas then a new crackdown by the UK Border Agency on illegal workers may well have an impact on you. Employers are to be held responsible for checking availability, currency and appropriateness of visas in respect of work...

2012 saw a great many changes in employment law and there are even more planned for the future. Recently we explained planned changes, which if implemented will come into effect in 2015, allowing both parents to share the one year parental leave period, dividing time between...