When you employ domestic staff in the UK you not only have to find the best possible candidate for your household, you also become an employer.  As such you take on a host of responsibilities. For instance, you must draw up an employment contract with your employee within eight weeks of their start date and give them a payslip every time they get paid.  It is also a legal responsibility that you have employer’s liability insurance. 

In addition you must also make sure that you pay your employee at least the national minimum wage or above, so you need to have a good understanding of the basics of employment law. It's surprisingly easy to make mistakes when you're juggling issues such as holiday entitlement, statutory sick pay, benefits in kind, statutory maternity pay and redundancy pay. At Stafftax we can take care of the payroll aspects for you so you can concentrate on the your family, your household and the more important things in life.

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Can domestic staff be self-employed?

"Can't I just ask my employee to sort out their own tax?" this is a question we're frequently asked by potential employers. Whether someone is employed or self-employed depends on the terms and conditions of their work. It is important for all employees to know their employment status as it affects employment and benefit rights, and how to pay tax and National Insurance Contributions.

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National minimum wage & the working time directive

 

It is a criminal offence for an employer to pay below the national minimum wage, currently carrying a fine of up to £5,000. Domestic staff are however exempt from the measures concerning working hours.

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A step-by-step guide to make sure your employee can work in the UK

When you consider employing someone you must carry out basic document checks to ensure the person is entitled to work in the UK. Nannytax has put together a guide to help you with this process.

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