If your loved one needs assistance in the home doing routine tasks, there are some options that you will need to consider. In-home senior care for the long term means that you could directly hire someone privately, directly hire someone that you know personally, or engage a senior care agency to staff and manage your caregiver. Knowing the major differences between these options will help you make the right decision.
US Citizens and foreign nationals coming to the US for a temporary stay may legally bring their nanny or other domestic help with them by securing a B1 visa. These employers are typically senior executives for large corporations and certain US government employees routinely posted abroad. The US State Department, which oversees the issuance of the B1 visas, imposes certain requirements on the employer to ensure that the foreign domestic worker is treated in accordance with US labor laws and is not exploited.
Military families live a unique lifestyle. Oftentimes, a military family won’t live in the same place for more than a few years, and they learn to embrace the adventure of living in new places. No matter how exciting moving from place to place is, it can be difficult at times on each member of the family, especially the children. Add to this the stress that having a parent deployed for long periods of time, and it is understandable that the children (and the spouse at home) need extra emotional support. Having a strong family unit in place is important, but adding a nanny into the mix can be an incredibly beneficial thing, too. Here are some of the pros and cons of working as a nanny for a military family.
There’s no doubt about it: privately employing a senior caregiver comes with its own set of logistical challenges. In addition to payroll and taxes, the ins and outs of worker’s compensation and benefits can be overwhelming for seniors and the family members coordinating their care. If you don’t understand your legal obligations as a household employer, things can get messy. Consider this case study of a senior caregiver that was injured on the job.
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As a CPA, you may take on the burden of nanny tax and payroll management without realizing how much work you're agreeing to provide. It can be that Friday afternoon call to calculate withholding taxes on a check that includes overtime. Or the questions about how to fill out a W-2 or I-9 form. Unfortunately, this may ultimately be more than time-consuming – it could also be eating away at your profits.
Fall is just around the corner and that means that millions of children will be getting ready to head to kindergarten for the first time. This is an exciting and sometimes nerve-wracking time for the children as well as the parents and their nannies! As a nanny, you have a special role in the child’s life in regards to preparing them for school. Here are some important tips and getting the kid(s) in your care prepared for their first adventure in school.
Working as a nanny is not only job, but it’s an emotional investment. Nannies come to love the children they take care of and when the children start school, saying goodbye can be hard. Even though the child may not need all-day care as they once did, keeping a nanny on full time can still be very beneficial for families. If that is what happens, then the family and the nanny will need to sit down and discuss job duties and how the routine and job will need to change. Kindergarten is either full day or half day, depending on the school and school district and having the nanny available for the child before or after school, as well as sick days and school holidays, can be extremely beneficial.