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We have written previously about judgements made by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) regarding the rights and wrongs of staff, including domestic staff, carers, etc., wearing religious symbols, but most of us are still confused about procedures. In March 2013 the UK government published...

In the first instalment of this feature, we examined the problems which have beset some care homes and their clients, asking the question:  "Is there another option?" There has to be another way and, in this case, there is.  However, it’s one which for many does...

No one we know would knowingly employ an illegal immigrant as a member of their domestic staff, as a carer, housekeeper or nanny, would they? But what about someone who came over as a student, on a specific visa, and just stayed on?  Or someone who...

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...