Senior Care Costs On the Rise in 2016

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Dec 6, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Saving for retirement is incredibly important, but recent reports show that saving for the senior citizen years is even more important, simply because the cost of aging is steadily on the rise. According to a recent industry survey, the median annual bill for a private nursing room is over $91,000, with some states costing over $150,000 a year and even more. Marked price increases are occurring at assisted living facilities as well, and costs for home health care and adult day health care are increasing, too.

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Topics: senior home care

Early W-2 Deadlines Stress Household Employers

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Dec 1, 2016 3:15:00 PM

Household employers are faced with a variety of tasks and deadlines and staying on top of changing dates and policies is an important part of successfully managing your household payroll. It’s imperative that household employers meet all local, state, and federal guidelines and deadlines.

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Topics: household payroll

Nanny Salary Negotiations

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Nov 29, 2016 7:59:00 AM

As an employer, you are required to offer fair compensation to your nanny and that means coming up with a pay rate and schedule that is disbursed on an hourly, weekly, or bi-weekly basis. If you’ve never had a household employee and you’re unsure of what laws or other requirements surround the issue of salaries and paying your nanny, it’s okay – it’s normal to be a bit confused at first!

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Topics: nanny salary

The Good, The Bad and the Ugly: Reporting Nanny Taxes

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Nov 22, 2016 7:54:00 AM

When you think about taxes, how do you feel? Do you feel a surge of dread or an overwhelming sense of confusion? It’s normal to feel this way because let’s face it, reporting nanny taxes can get complicated.

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Topics: nanny taxes

Nanny Taxes Trip Up Many Washington Newcomers

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Nov 16, 2016 7:30:00 AM

 

The historic 2016 US Presidential Election will bring sweeping change to Washington DC, and an expected 4,500 jobs will be staffed by the incoming president in the next two months as he establishes his team. The Presidential Transition Team is already vetting nominees for Cabinet positions and political appointees in various senior-level agency and ambassadorial posts.

If you are being considered for any of these positions, you’ll be required to answer questionnaires as part of the vetting process that includes references to household employment and the “nanny tax”. Questions might be something like:

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Topics: nanny tax audit, nanny taxes

California Domestic Worker Bill of Rights: Employer Facts

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Nov 15, 2016 8:37:00 AM

The California Domestic Workers' Bill of Rights (CA DWBR), which went into effect in 2014, along two other pieces of recent legislation obligate California household employers to special responsibilities. Recently the January 1, 2017 sunset provision of the 2014 CA DWBR legislation was repealed - a significant victory for domestic worker rights advocates.

California household employers must first make a determination, based on the nature of the work performed, whether their employee is a domestic service worker or a personal attendant. Duties determine the applicablity of Wage Orders and employee protections in California. It's a bit complicated! 

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Topics: domestic employer legal responsibilities, nanny independent contractor, nanny work agreement, california household employment

Should You Give Your Nanny a Year End Bonus?

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Nov 8, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Your nanny has worked hard for you all year and you may be wondering if a year-end bonus is warranted. You ask around the office and the answers are all over the place. While a clear majority of nanny employers provide additional compensation or paid time off at the end of the year, many families like you are uncertain about what is customary. 

The annual year end bonues a great opportunity to show your nanny that you appreciate everything that she has done to go above and beyond her regular duties. While an end of year bonus is not required, to your nanny a gift of recognition is always appreciated.

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Topics: nanny bonus

SENIOR HOME CARE: CREATING A WORK AGREEMENT

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Nov 1, 2016 8:00:00 AM

A formal written work agreement with a senior caregiver is specific and creates the framework to avoid misunderstandings. HWS has a template that can help you out.

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Topics: senior caregiver work agreement

Hiring a Bilingual Nanny

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Oct 25, 2016 8:00:00 AM
If you’re just beginning the search of hiring a new nanny to join your family, you likely have a list of requirements that you want fulfilled and hiring a bilingual nanny may be something high on your priority list. Instilling a love for a variety of cultural traditions and languages is important to many families and if you’re thinking of hiring a bilingual nanny to join your family, here is some basic information on how to go about this process.
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Topics: hiring a nanny

Myths About Senior Caregiver Payroll

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Oct 18, 2016 8:00:00 AM

If you’re thinking about hiring a senior caregiver this year, it’s crucial to do your research and be sure you know how to go about it – especially when it comes to payroll. There is a lot of misinformation online that can be confusing for families. Here, we’ll break down myths versus facts so you know exactly how to pay your caregiver fairly while withholding proper taxes.

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Topics: senior caregivers, senior home care

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