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In a recent court case in which a company was fined some £36,000 for unsafe working practices, it was revealed that no risk assessment had been carried out prior to the work being undertaken...

A question often asked of us, is:  'Can we, as the employer, contact a member of our domestic or household staff when they are off sick?' The answer, as almost always, is not simple. The short answer is yes you can, but with reservations. In fact your...

We all have the greatest sympathy for a member of domestic or household staff who are off sick. But what if the level of incapacity is far greater than is being reported, what then are your options? We raise this issue in the light of a...

It would appear that here at The Graham Agency we are bucking the trend in wages which our domestic and household staff receive. A recent report indicated that the jobs market is headed for a turbulent period with salaries at a standstill, due to a number...

Since 1 April, all workers aged 25 and over have been legally entitled to at least £7.20 per hour. As an employer, you'll need to make sure you're paying your staff correctly. This is because the National Living Wage will be enforced by HMRC and...

Here are a few questions for you as employers of domestic staff – and they are not trick questions! Firstly, do you know what is meant by the National Living Wage? Secondly, do you know what the figures are? Thirdly, do you know when they are...

Many of those who are in the food preparation business including, of course, housekeepers, cooks and nannies, still hold to the five second rule. For those who are not acquainted with this concept, it is commonly held that if food falls to the floor, and is...

As employers of domestic and household staff, it’s difficult enough keeping abreast of changes to employment legislation and there have been quite a few in the recent past concerning changes to procedures in Employment Tribunals. One big change was the introduction of charges for those bringing...

If you haven't already sent in your final payroll reports for 2015- 16 HMRC's webinar will explain what steps you need to take regarding any deadlines you've missed. It also takes you through other end of year tasks, like providing your employees with P60's. The webinar demonstrates HMRC's...