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Another care home has been closed recently, and not for the first time, the reason is lack of care standards. The Care Quality Commission ordered the immediate closure of Merok Park Nursing Home in Surrey after inspectors visited and concluded that the residents were “at significant...

If you are an employer, of domestic staff, for instance, then sometimes the mere mention of HM Revenue and Customs can send a shiver down the spine.  However, a new service provided by this organisation falls very definitely in the “Very Helpful” category. They are offering...

1 December 2014 was the start date for the introduction of Shared Parental Leave, three words which could well usher in a host of complications as employers seek to maintain the staff cover needed while meeting all the requirements of this piece of legislation. Let’s try...

Right now we have lots of clients who are currently seeking staff for housekeeping roles, whether as a housekeeper or a housekeeping couple.  The jobs are live-in, many requiring the staff to be able to drive and be willing to travel.  We have vacancies across...

A recent BBC TV documentary focusing on the Philippines illustrated how the country is training thousands of men and women each year with the skills needed to find jobs overseas mainly in domestic staff positions. In nationally run academies students are trained for a variety of...

6 April 2015 sees an important payroll change for anyone employing a member of domestic staff under the age of 21.  From that date, employers’ Class 1 secondary National Insurance Contributions (NICs) will have been abolished. For those of you who use a payroll service, it’s...

When you are looking for a way out… Everyone who employs a member of domestic staff always hopes that the relationship will work out well and to mutual advantage, and in most cases it does precisely this. But there are occasions when perhaps you become dissatisfied with...

If you are an employer of between 1 and 49 staff, which is likely if you employ a nanny, cleaner, housekeeper or carer, you should have received a letter from The Pensions Regulator informing you of your duty with respect to enrolling your staff into...

It’s not unusual for a housekeeper to help with the household’s children, preparing meals, walking them to school, but what about babysitting? Have you given any consideration as to how this element is to be handled.  If you go out in the evening for four or...

Those employing domestic staff may be interested to read HMRC's Employer Bulletin for August 2015 - it includes a useful summary of the Summer Budget announcements....