Taxes and Dental Work: Neither Gets Better With Time

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on May 26, 2016 7:00:00 AM

A Nanny Tax Case Study

Its true! Ignoring the nanny taxes opens up a whole host of complications and not a single one gets better if you ignore it!

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Topics: nanny payroll, nanny tax

Six Tips To Protect Your Aging Relative In Assisted Living

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on May 24, 2016 6:30:00 AM

As your aging relative requires more care, it may be prudent to seek additional services to better serve their needs. Many adult children fear placing their loved one in a supportive living facility will result in abuse, neglect or medical malpractice. “Too often families don't have the information they need to protect their loved ones residing in assisted living facilities," said Jullie Gray, President of the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers.

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Topics: elder care, eldercare, assisted living, geriatric care manager, senior care

Prepare for New Household Employee Overtime Rules

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on May 18, 2016 8:46:51 AM

Household employee overtime rules are commonly misunderstood, and often just plain ignored. The vast majority of household employees - nannies, senior caregivers, housekeepers, etc. - are classified as non-exempt (NOT exempt from overtime rules) employees. These household employees must be paid overtime. At the Federal level the rate of overtime pay is determined by whether the household employee lives with the employer or maintains their own separate residence. Live-in domestics are paid for their overtime hours at their regular hourly rate; live-out domestics are paid at 1.5 times their hourly rate for hours over 40 in the 7 day work week. Note MANY states extend the overtime differential of 1.5 times the hourly rate to live in domestics, and some states mandate daily, not weekly, overtime.

However some more skilled household employees - estate managers, head housekeeper or house managers for example - may be considered exempt or hourly employees. This classification is largely depended on the actual work performed and not on the employee's title. This is where the change is coming!

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Topics: overtime rules, nanny overtime

About the Nanny Salary or Wage Review

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on May 10, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Nanny Wage Reviews

Your nanny is a childcare professional - and should be treated as one. That means as a nanny employer, you need to consider things like:

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Topics: nanny salary, nanny wage

A Nanny Background Screening You Can Trust!

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on May 5, 2016 8:36:41 PM

HomeWork Solutions has facilitated caregiver and nanny background screening for families through its website and sister site for nearly two decades. HWS was exceptionally choosy when selecting a background screening partner - we know that the caregivers and nannies will be caring for your children and loved ones and recognize the importance of having a thorough, ethical partner.

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Topics: household employee background check, caregiver background screening, nanny background screening

The Nanny or Senior Caregiver Independent Contractor Myth

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on May 3, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Did you know that if you pay a senior caregiver or nanny directly that it’s likely that the law considers your caregiver an employee?

As an employer, you have the responsibility to understand and follow pertinent labor regulations and laws. This includes tracking hours worked each week, paying FICA and overtime, and getting insurance for workers compensation, which will help protect you and the caregiver in case an injury occurs on the job. If you don’t adhere to these laws and instead classify your employee as an independent contractor, you could be liable for misclassification. It could be an incredibly costly mistake that leads to back tax payments and other expensive penalties.

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Topics: independent contractor, 1099 v w-2

Top 5 Interview Questions To Ask Your Potential Nanny

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Apr 26, 2016 7:00:00 AM


Hiring a nanny is one of the most important things you will ever do and making sure you hire the right person is an incredibly big decision. Here are some of the top interview questions that you should ask a prospective nanny, and if you listen carefully for thoughtful and complete answers, you’ll likely come away with a good idea of who the person is and if they are a good fit for your family. Here are the top 5 interview qustions to ask your potential nanny.

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Topics: interview a nanny

5 Essentials Of a Nanny Work Agreement

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Apr 19, 2016 7:00:00 AM
When you hire a nanny, creating a work agreement for you and your nanny is incredibly important. A written agreement establishes a professional relationship from the get go and it will reduce problems, questions, or other misunderstandings that can arise during employment. Wondering what the essentials of a nanny work agreement are? Here are the fundamentals of what should be included:
  1. Compensation: Clearly outline what your nanny will be paid including gross wages (amount paid before taxes), net wages (amount of the actual paycheck), employment taxes (legal tax obligations such as medicare, social security, etc.), and income taxes. In addition, be sure to outline the overtime pay policy, what the exact hourly pay rate is, and establish a pay day schedule that is clearly outlined on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. Many states require that the household employer provide a written Pay Rate Notice to the employee at the time of hire.  Overtime pay can be an especially sticky situation so Bob King of Legally Nanny recommends, “Employment agreements should list the regular and overtime rates of pay on a per hour basis. Additionally, the agreements can list when overtime applies under applicable state and federal laws.”
  2. Benefits: Most benefits are negotiable, unless they are established by state law. Define paid time off carefully, as well as paid holidays, indicate which paid holidays the nanny gets and which ones are not included. If you are going to provide health insurance or mileage reimbursement, you will need to explain this carefully in the agreement.
  3. Confidentiality agreement: This is a big one and is something you should be very clear about with your employee. Carefully consider how you will address the topic of social media postings and publishing photos online. In addition, be sure that there is a portion of the contract dedicated to what is considered confidential information so there is no confusion down the road.
  4. Job duties: Details count and clearly outlining what you expect your nanny to do is important. Will you require the nanny to offer help/assistance with homework, do housework, or prepare meals? Will she be required to provide transportation for the children or bring them to medical appointments? Spell out exactly what your requirements are.
  5. Separation planning: Termination clauses will help protect both you and the nanny, so it’s important to establish clear ground rules with this. If the nanny wants to quit work, include a clause of notice that she must give, or if you want to have the ability to terminate the nanny at any time, outline an “at will” clause that gives you the ability to terminate the employee for any reason.

If you have never developed a nanny work agreement and feel overwhelmed at the prospect of sitting down and writing one, our team of experienced professionals can help. We’ll walk you through the process and be sure that everything you need is included in there. Contact us today for advice!

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Topics: nanny work agreement

Your Millennial Guide to Childcare [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Apr 14, 2016 9:00:00 AM

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Millennials, as a whole, are starting to have children, and since raising a child can be expensive, many Millennials choose to work and use childcare services for help. If you’re a Millennial and you’re interested in learning more about childcare services, then check out some of our thoughts below.

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Topics: nanny tax, nanny taxes, childcare, millennial

Elder Care: When is it Time to Find Help?

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Apr 12, 2016 9:00:00 AM

When you notice that an elderly loved one has become less self-reliant, you may start to wonder if they need help. When your dad stops shaving or your mother continues to let the mail pile up, you may offer to help out with household duties. However, as your loved ones continue to forget or simply aren’t mobile enough to do things they used to, it can put a lot of strain on your daily life.

But, you don’t have to care for your loved ones by yourself: It’s okay to ask for help. This doesn’t necessarily mean sending them to a nursing home, but it can mean hiring someone to help in running errands, doing the dishes, paying the bills, and performing other tasks that you may not have the time or capacity to help with. Here are five signs it’s time to find professional help for your elderly loved ones.

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Topics: elder care, senior care

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