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New York 13 Hour Rule Still in Judicial Limbo

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Sep 12, 2018 1:47:37 PM

Imagine the frustration you would feel after working a stressful 24 hours straight, only to realize that you’re only being paid for 13 hours of that time. Home health aides in the state of New York have said ‘enough is enough’ and in May 2018, several of them as well as two nonprofit advocacy groups, sued the state’s Labor Department and the commissioner Roberta Reardon with the intention of throwing out the state’s emergency regulations that allow for this to happen. Their end goal: to be paid for every hour of a 24-hour work day.

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Topics: senior, CPA, agency

4 Essential Characteristics of a Dementia Caregiver

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Sep 11, 2018 3:50:00 PM

A dementia caregiver has a huge role, and for families looking to finding the right person to support their family with a loved one living with dementia, it can feel like a daunting task. Working with dementia patients requires not only the caregiving basics of being kind and loving, but it also requires an additional skill set. Here are four essential characteristics of a dementia caregiver that you should look for when looking to hire someone to help take care of your loved one.

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Topics: senior, agency

Improving a Struggling Employee’s Performance is a Two-Way Street

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Sep 6, 2018 10:00:00 AM

It’s easy to get frustrated when an employee is failing to produce the volume or quality of work you expect. A business owner, department manager, or even household employer may give in to the temptation to play the blame game, pointing a finger at the struggling worker and only exacerbating the situation.

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Topics: CPA, agency, nanny

Blueprint for a Great Nanny | Family Relationship

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Sep 4, 2018 3:50:00 PM

You’ve interviewed many potential nannies and you’ve finally found the right one. Now, it’s time to build a solid relationship with her – one that works on the professional level as well as the family level. You will be entrusting your children with this nanny, so it’s important to have a great relationship with her. Starting well right at the beginning is key and that usually begins with strong communication and a mutual understanding that you will work together as a team. This will help keep the relationship healthy with a good balance. Here are some other help tips on building a great nanny/family relationship.

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Topics: nanny, agency

What To Do If Your Caregiver Quits

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Aug 28, 2018 3:50:00 PM

You’ve spent time searching for the right caregiver for your father or son and you’ve become used to having help around the home for your loved one. It appears as if everything is working out well. But then, the caregiver quits. Did something go wrong? You may feel anxiety when you first hear the news that your caregiver is leaving, but there are some practical things you can do that can help alleviate stress and help put you on the track toward finding another person to step in.

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Topics: nanny, senior, agency

Overtime Calculations with Holiday or Vacation Pay

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Aug 23, 2018 12:51:00 PM


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Topics: nanny, senior, agency

Family Caregivers Need Help Too!

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Aug 21, 2018 3:50:00 PM

If you’re taking care of an elderly parent, you know how many things there are to juggle at once. Whether it’s cooking meals every day, paying income taxes, or running to doctor appointments, there are usually endless numbers of tasks that will accumulate from day to day and week to week. It is important to take care of yourself in the midst of taking care of your loved one. Family caregivers need help too, so here are some things you can outsource to simplify your life.

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Topics: senior, agency

Back-to-School - Outsource Preparation to your Nanny

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Aug 14, 2018 3:50:00 PM

The summer has been packed with fun activities, but before you know it, you’ll have to start thinking about heading back to school and all that comes with being prepared for that. If you’re busy and you’re looking for ways to get your nanny more involved with the back to school preparation, here are some great ways that you can have her help.

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Topics: nanny, agency

Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangements (QSEHRA) vs. SHOP Plans. Which is right for the Household Employer?

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Aug 7, 2018 3:50:00 PM

Prior to the enactment of Obamacare ( Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act), household employers gave little thought to cost and regulation when it came to subsidizing a household employee's health insurance costs. The employee and employer simply negotiated a tax free reimbursement contribution, the employee purchased insurance, and the entire transaction took place under the government radar, perfectly legally.

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Topics: nanny, senior, CPA, agency

Nanny Tax Compliance on the IRS Radar

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Jul 31, 2018 3:52:00 PM

Households that employ domestic help, such as nannies or senior caregivers, are required to file and remit federal and state employment taxes for their employee, but surprisingly, many do not. Failure to pay the so-called “Nanny Tax” results  in a tax gap that totals billions of dollars. In fact, unpaid nanny taxes are estimated to be $3.3 billion to $5.7 billion per year, according to a new study discussed at the June 2018 presentation at the IRS/Tax Policy Center Joint Research Conference on Tax Administration. It is estimated that only 5.3% of the estimated 3.6 million household employers complied with this requirement in 2015. (1)

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Topics: nanny, CPA, senior, agency

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