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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...

It may be true to say that from time to time we have all lost our temper with a domestic member of staff: a housekeeper,  carer or a nanny, and, in the heat of the moment, perhaps spoken in an intemperate manner.  Nothing new there,...

There are many barriers already broken by women today: the boardroom, finance and politics to name but a few, but there are still two barriers that block many women from achieving their full potential. Firstly and traditionally, the baby barrier, for it is an undeniable fact...

In part one of Breaking the Final Barrier we discussed the essential problem for many women, that of combining success in business with providing the best possible level of care for aging parents.  Here we continue with addressing how the problem of financing that care...

You send your housekeeper, nanny, chauffeur or indeed any member of your domestic staff out on an errand for you; instead of taking an hour, it takes three hours. When questioned, there is a story of delays, queues and so on which you accept.  Then it...

As an employer of domestic staff you will either have been asked to provide a reference to a staff member leaving your employment, or have asked for a prospective candidate to provide a reference. The normal procedure on seeking employment is to provide two references, one...

If you haven’t heard the term ”workplace pensions”  or if you have and don’t really comprehend  what they are or mean to you as an employer of perhaps just one domestic staff member...

When we read about employment issues, it’s easy for those of us who employ just one domestic staff member to forget that, although we are at the low end of the employment scale in numbers, the law affects us all regardless of size. So, we try...