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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

DC Household Employers have 1 Month Remaining to Provide Wage Notices to Current Employees

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Apr 29, 2015 2:00:04 PM

The District of Columbia’s Wage Theft Prevention Amendment Act of 2014, became effective on February 26, 2015. This law does cover household employers - families who employ a nanny, housekeeper, senior caregiver or other domestic service worker. The law requires in part that employers provide written wage notices to their DC employees.  Household employers have until May 27, 2015 to satisfy this requirement with respect to their employees who were employed as of the Act’s effective date of February 26, 2015.

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Topics: nanny pay rate notice, caregiver pay rate notice

How to Choose a Great Nanny Agency in 3 Steps

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Apr 23, 2015 1:30:00 PM

Whether you’re hiring your first nanny, searching for a newborn specialist, or an experienced nanny employer, nanny placement and referral agencies can save you a ton of time and effort.

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Topics: nanny agency

3 Important Planning Points when Bringing your Nanny on Vacation

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Apr 16, 2015 4:00:00 PM

Summer is coming, and with it, some much-needed vacation time! However, traveling with kids can sometimes be such a challenge that you need a vacation from your vacation. Well, there’s an easy solution that keeps the kids happy and allows the “big kids” the freedom to enjoy family time without being bound to “babysitter duty”: bring your nanny on vacation!

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Topics: nanny vacation

I'm a nanny and temporarily disabled due to surgery, what are my benefits?

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Apr 9, 2015 3:00:00 PM

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Topics: nanny unemployment insurance, disability insurance, nanny disability insurance

Do This, Not That: Hiring Your First Nanny

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Apr 2, 2015 1:30:00 PM

Hiring a nanny for the first time can be a harrowing experience. Before you introduce a new nanny to your children and invite them into your home, you want to be 100% confident that they are the perfect fit for your family. Save yourself the frustration of hiring the wrong nanny by avoiding these common missteps.

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Topics: hiring a nanny

Workers' Compensation: Families it is Risky to Hire a Nanny Without It

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Mar 26, 2015 1:30:00 PM

Workers' compensation insurance protects workers from the medical expenses and lost wages associated with a workplace accident. We generally don't think a nanny's job as particularly  risky, but accidents happen and the consequences can be severe. Many states require household employers to obtain workers' compensation insurance, and in all cases HWS recommends this as a best practice.
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Topics: workers compensation household employees

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