News & Events

Paying taxes and keeping one's employee records in order may seem to be a chore, but it's unavoidable if you want to remain on the right side of HMRC.  We often highlight the value of information published by HMRC through the Employer Bulletin and through...

Muggings and street assaults are regrettably not isolated incidents in the UK, particularly in larger towns and cities.  In a recent incident, a nanny who was with a young child was threatened with violence and robbed. Such an incident raises the issue of an employer’s duty...

A recent survey by London-based domestic staff recruitment agency, The Graham Agency, has produced 10 questions that are asked by candidates seeking a job.  They are vital to avoid the possibility of confusion and disappointment after you have started work. The top 10 questions are: Will my...

When someone comes to live in your home, as a housekeeper, nanny or carer, one takes all the usual precautions of having the agency vet the applicant.  But would it occur to you that your lifestyle and standard of living may be far removed from...

If you are a busy working mother at some point you may ask yourself: "Why am I doing this? So much of my earnings are going on childcare." It’s a fair question and, looking at some of the statistics, it’s not hard to see...

As illegal immigration into the UK continues, a new risk is evolving for employers of domestic and household staff. A BBC documentary recently showed footage of suspected illegal immigrants entering the country, filmed by a member of the public, and of other illegal immigrants being offered...

There are many households which employ domestic staff on a part-time basis, and some may well be using a form of contract known as a “zero hours contract.” In recent times this form of contract has come under strong scrutiny and criticism as being unfair on...

As a member of domestic or household staff you may well have read news items recently about the Living Wage and wondered what exactly it is. Perhaps you wonder if you should be paid it? Are your friends being paid it? The Living Wage...

You may have read a recent news item which highlighted the fact that close to six million workers in the UK are paid less than the Living Wage. Before you panic and worry that you will be at risk as an employer of domestic...

It wasn't many years ago that the term "social media" was a new one to many people, especially of a certain age!  These days, many aspects of life are shared across numerous social media websites, A challenge for today is to ensure that your family details...