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Friday 25th December – Christmas Day   Monday 28th December – Boxing Day   The big change in Christmas holidays this year is that they effectively become a long four day weekend break. The reason is that when Christmas falls on a Friday, a ‘substitute’ weekday becomes the bank holiday. So,...

The question often asked in regard to Public holidays, is “Does my boss have to give me the time off and pay me”? The fact of the matter is that employers do NOT have to give staff paid leave on Bank or Public Holidays. They can...

From November 11th all those who work in a Care Quality Commission (CQC) registered care home in England must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19, unless they are exempt. This is major step forward to protect the elderly in care and its effects will be far reaching. But...

The recent employment tribunal case of a mother who returned to work after Maternity Leave and had her request for flexible working refused has again focussed on the need for all employers to consider such requests seriously. In this case it cost the employer £185,000 in...

Under a new proposed government plan, staff will be able to request flexible working from the day they start work, and all employers will have to respond more quickly and explain any reasons for refusal. At the present time the right to request flexible working only...

The possibility of extending Paid Parental Leave after a post 24 week miscarriage is to be discussed shortly in parliament. This may well directly affect the many domestic and care workers who are women. Employers are already duty bound under the Paid Parental Leave Act to...

With the final winding up of the government’s furlough scheme, will you be looking for a new job? Will your employer want a new person in your domestic or household position? According to The Office for National Statistics it is expected that hundreds of thousands of...

If a member of your domestic or household staff ask for time off to go to a doctor, what is your reaction? Do you, say, take the time out of your holiday pay? Do you say yes they can take the time off? Do you wonder...

While the number of job adverts in the UK is well above pre-pandemic levels, the number of those seeking work has headed in the opposite direction. According to the Office for National Statistics, the volume of jobs advertised online  was 128% higher than in February last...