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It’s a sad fact, but many of those who have reached a certain level of maturity and wish to retain their independence seem to be totally invisible to those who govern their lives. It would be bad enough being Cinderellas, at least as a group, they...

We all try to be fair, yet do others always try to be fair to us? Let us imagine we have just hired a new member of your domestic staff, be it carer, housekeeper or nanny.  Six weeks in, she comes and tells you she is...

This article continues from The Invisibles, part 1. If a far greater number of the elderly were able to enjoy the care option of staying in their own home through the provision of financial support, it would have the double benefit of opening this option up...

A domestic staff member - housekeeper, carer, nanny, etc. - can very quickly become someone who is heavily relied upon (nobody really being indispensable, although we often use that term). When they are off sick, we generally manage or muddle through in the anticipation that they...

In part 1 of this feature, we looked at how you deal with a domestic staff member’s long term sickness, but it is important to refresh our minds on the basics and how the rules, applicable since 2010, operate. Going back to basics, are you aware...

There is an important change in dealing with breaches of health and safety regulations of which as an employer of domestic staff: carer, housekeeper, nanny, chauffeur, etc. you need to be aware. A controversial amendment to s47 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974...

If a member of your domestic staff:  housekeeper, carer, chauffeur, etc. falls ill and becomes, effectively, long term sick, it presents a host of problems for you as an employer.  Traditionally, that staff member would not return to work until fully fit again. However, a new...

For those of us employing domestic staff, particularly where they interact with children or vulnerable adults, there are substantial new changes to what we have come to know as CRB checks. The previous system has been replaced and CRB checks renamed, with a new Disclosure and...

It wasn’t too long ago that it was unusual for households in the UK to have domestic help, but the picture is changing.  Now, says the Work Foundation, one in 10 households employs domestic help.  In London the figure rises dramatically higher than this.  Currently,...

In parts one and two of this series we looked at the problem for many successful working and business women, of managing a caring and efficient home and giving aging parents the best possible care. Here we provide viable working solutions. There are several means by...