2016 Household Payroll Update: What’s New?

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Nov 24, 2015 6:30:00 AM

It's almost time to say goodbye to another year! Our experienced team of professionals at HomeWork Solutions is here to help you stay on top of the deadlines and other details that you need to have when it comes to household payroll. This year, there were a variety of important action items that took place both on a state and federal level. Here’s a quick description of important must-knows:

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Topics: nanny pay rate notice, caregiver pay rate notice, domestic workers bill of rights, nanny mileage reimbursement, household payroll

I Agreed to Pay our Nanny $600 Take Home Weekly - a Case Study

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Nov 17, 2015 6:30:00 AM

Susan G. is a licensed social worker and a new mom who came to HomeWork Solutions when she and her husband hired a nanny so she could go back to work. Susan and her husband found the ideal nanny via a neighborhood list serve and readily agreed to her request for a weekly wage of $600 take home after taxes. Susan found that getting all of the reporting and tax calculations right – particularly when working from a net take home pay – proved to be a headache.

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Topics: calculate nanny payroll tax, nanny tax case study

Should You Provide a Year-End Bonus to Your Nanny?

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Nov 10, 2015 6:30:00 AM

The end of the year is coming and the holidays are approaching. For many employers, this is a perfect opportunity to provide a year-end bonus – incentive pay that goes above and beyond the regularly provided salary. Has your nanny done a great job for your family this year? You may be wondering if you should provide a year-end bonus to your nanny for a job well done. While a bonus is never required, it is very common that families provide their nanny and/or housekeeper a end of year bonus. It certainly is a gift that would be appreciated. There are several creative ways that you can show your appreciation to your employee.

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Topics: nanny bonus

Household Employee Terminated: Returning Family Property?

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Nov 3, 2015 6:30:00 AM

Parting ways with your nanny or other household employee can be difficult. It can be hard on your family who has likely become used to being with them every day and it can also be challenging for you as the employer to figure out what legal steps you’ll need to follow through with. If you recently terminated your household employee's employment – either abruptly or with some planning ahead of time – it’s necessary to remember the importance of returning family property. This is a big component to ending the working relationship and something that should not be forgotten or postponed.

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Topics: nanny return of family property

November is Child Safety and Protection Month

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Nov 1, 2015 7:00:00 AM

Nannies and other child caregivers, take a minute to teach your nanny kids these simple yet essential safety tips!

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Topics: nanny training

What constitutes household payroll wages?

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Oct 29, 2015 6:30:00 AM

Have you searched long and hard for the perfect nanny or other household employee? When you find the right person that fits right in with your family, it’s time to determine salary and what will constitute household payroll wages.

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Topics: housekeeper, nanny wage, household payroll

Nanny Overtime: Just the Facts

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Oct 22, 2015 2:49:00 PM

When you have found a nanny that you trust and that your kids love being around, it’s a great feeling. Finding the right fit for your family can be tough at first, but once you’re over that hurdle, you can begin to rely on your nanny taking good care of your family while you’re away. If this means that you ask her to occasionally work more hours during the week or on the weekends, you should know the facts about paying your nanny overtime. Here are some basic 'must-know' facts about nanny overtime.

What types of nannies are entitled to overtime?

Bob King of Legally Nanny says, “Under most circumstances, live-in nannies are exempt from federal overtime. Live-out nannies must be paid overtime of 1.5 times their regular rate of pay for all hours worked above the 40 hours in a week. State laws may require weekly and even daily overtime as well.” If you’re not sure what your state law requires, click here for additional information.

What is the mandated overtime rate?

The federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour. However, this rate will vary by state, counties and cities, many of them providing higher minimum wages. King says, “The required overtime rate under federal law is 1.5 times the [live out] nanny's regular hourly rate of pay, and the regular hourly rate of pay must be at least the minimum wage.”

The importance of including overtime verbiage on employment contracts:

Employment agreements are incredibly important when it comes to working with a nanny. If you’re unsure of what information should go into an employment contract, do your research before you start drafting. And when it comes to including overtime information, make sure to list the regular and overtime rates of pay on a per-hour basis. In addition, make sure that the agreements list when overtime applies under applicable state and federal laws. 

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Topics: nanny overtime

Myths about Senior Home Care

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Oct 15, 2015 4:05:00 PM

Providing Senior care at home for yourself or a loved one can be an overwhelming process that is full of emotion and a variety of big decisions. As you do your research, you may run into conflicting information or myths that are out there regarding senior care. So, how do you know that you’re making the right choice? For many seniors, it is beneficial to have them stay in their home in their own surroundings, rather than uprooting them to a new environment. For these people, senior home care can be the perfect answer. How do you know what information accurate and what’s not?

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Topics: senior home care

Help for Moms in the Middle

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Oct 8, 2015 2:30:00 PM


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Topics: household payroll

Nanny Reference Checking 101

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Oct 1, 2015 2:47:00 PM

Are you looking to hire a nanny? This is arguably one of the biggest and most important decisions that you will make as a parent. Narrowing down your candidates can be hard, but once you have done that, you’ll need to spend some time getting to know the person and doing an in-depth check of their references. This nanny reference check is a necessary step in the process of hiring a new nanny for your family.

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Topics: nanny reference check

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