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What you need to know when employing domestic staff PDF Print E-mail

When you employ domestic staff in the UK you become an employer and as such you take on a host of responsibilities. For instance, you have to draw up an employment contract with your employee within two months of their start date and you must give your employee a payslip every time they get paid.

It is a legal responsibility that you have employer’s liability insurance, and you must also make sure that you pay your employee at least the national minimum wage or above.

In addition you need to have a good understanding of the basics of employment law, because 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.

Stafftax has 20 years' experience in doing payroll for domestic employers, and our website is packed with essential information for new as well as experienced employers. Use the Stafftax website as a resource to familiarise yourself with all your legal obligations and don't hesitate to contact us if you have further questions.

 

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