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Oregon Enacts Domestic Worker Bill of Rights

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Jun 30, 2015 1:45:00 PM

On June 17, 2015, Oregon Senate Bill 552 was signed into law, making Oregon the 5th state to enact a Domestic Worker Bill of Rights. The law becomes effective January 1, 2016.

The Oregon legislation is very similar to New York's 2010 Domestic Worker Bill of Rights and includes the following provisions.

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Topics: domestic workers bill of rights

8 Keys to Successfully Vacationing with your Nanny

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Jun 25, 2015 4:41:00 PM

Are you taking your nanny along on your vacation this year? Thinking about how nice it would be to have an extra pair of hands and some couple time with your partner? Taking your nanny on your family vacation can be an awesome experience or a miserable one - the difference is in the planning and attention to details.

The keys to successfully vacationing with your nanny:

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Topics: nanny vacation

7 Services You Can Expect From a Senior Home Caregiver

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Jun 18, 2015 3:32:00 PM

What level of care can you expect from a senior home caregiver? Well, every family’s needs are unique, so the services you can expect in a typical day from your senior caregiver will be customized to what you requested during your initial assessment with a senior caregiver. Below is a broad list of services you can expect from a general senior home caregiver.

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Topics: senior home care

Nanny Taxes and the Undocumented Nanny

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Jun 11, 2015 3:31:00 PM

HWS recently received the following question from a new nanny employer. We receive queries like this periodically and want to share our answer.

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Topics: nanny undocumented, legal employees

Screening Senior Home Care Agencies: Top 12 Questions to Ask

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Jun 4, 2015 3:31:00 PM

Finding a senior home care agency that meets the caregiver’s needs and the senior’s needs can require some research, but finding the agency that fits your whole family’s needs is worth it. While screening senior home care agencies, make sure to ask the following questions:

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Topics: senior home care

9 Ways to Establish a Strong Relationship with your Nanny

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on May 28, 2015 3:29:00 PM

Finding the perfect nanny can feel like finding a needle in a haystack, which makes it all the more important that you hang on to her once you find her! HomeWork Solutions wants your nanny experience to be as smooth as possible, so we’ve outlined nine of our favorite suggestions to establish a strong relationship with your nanny.

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Topics: nanny work agreement

Senior caregivers more economical than family caregivers?

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on May 21, 2015 3:30:00 PM

Think you are saving money by taking time off of work to care for your elderly relative? A new study by Rand Corporation, one of the leading independent health policy research programs, investigated the cost of informal caregiving of the elderly by friends and relatives. The cost is calculated by the valuing the hours family caregivers give up in order to provide care (in the US, this comes to 30 billion hours annually).

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Topics: senior caregivers, hiring care for seniors

Nanny Taxes for the Temporary Nanny

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on May 14, 2015 3:00:00 PM

Many nannies work a series of short term assignments throughout the year. These can range from several days to several months. Examples include nannies that cover for a full time nanny's vacation, step in to help when the regular family caregiver is ill or unavailable, or to fill in between full time nannies when the family is recruiting.

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Topics: summer nanny, temporary nanny, temporary household worker

Offering Your Nanny Paid Time Off: A Mutually Beneficial Work Agreement

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on May 7, 2015 4:00:00 PM

Summer is fast approaching, which means many of us are counting down the seconds till our much-needed holidays in the sun. For nannies, though, the summer can be the most stressful time of the year.  It’s simple, really: the benefits of your full-time job that allow you to take paid time off (whether sick leave, personal days, or paid vacation) cannot be taken for granted by a nanny.

As a full-time non-exempt employee of the family, a nanny should be paid for any regularly scheduled day that she is available to work and the family, for any reason, decides they don’t need her. For example, this would include the family’s beach week or Labor Day weekend trip to the in-laws. How does offering this benefit to the nanny help the employer? Paying nannies for any regularly scheduled day when their services are not needed provides a stable income stream for your nanny, and will allow you to employ the best nanny (the best nannies look for the best employers!).  In addition, it is reasonable for the family to ask the nanny to perform routine household tasks—such as pet sitting or organization of kid’s school supplies and clothes—while the family is away (so long as you provide your nanny reasonable notice, of course). Your family may even consider bringing the nanny along on vacation!

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Topics: nanny paid time off, nanny vacation

3 Tips for Starting the Conversation on Senior Home Care

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Apr 30, 2015 4:00:00 PM

Talking to our loved ones about the possibility of senior home care can be one heck of an uncomfortable conversation. Your aging mom or dad wants to age in place, and you want to help them achieve that goal safely.

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Topics: elder care, senior caregivers, senior home care

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