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Did you know it's National Nanny Recognition Week?

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Sep 18, 2018 3:50:00 PM

Your nanny works hard for you day in and day out, so making sure she feels valued and appreciated is very important! As you build a solid relationship with your nanny, they will begin to feel like they’re part of the family. So, in addition to offering a fair compensation package and regular time off, it’s nice to acknowledge her contributions to your family in special ways.

National Nanny Recognition Week 2018 is September 23 - 29. Here are some great ways you can express gratitude for a job well done.

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Topics: nanny, 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: nanny, agency, CPA

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

How To Write Exceptional Nanny Job Descriptions: Tips and Examples

Posted by Freddie Tubbs on Aug 30, 2018 10:00:00 AM

This is a community post provided by Freddie Tubbs. From time-to-time we like to share other points of view on popular topics here on our blog. This is one way we keep our content fresh! The opinions and advice below are solely those of the author, not HWS. 

A good nanny job description should contain many things. After all, that's not a simple job – you need to hire someone to take care of your children when you are not around and most parents feel like no one can do it better than them. This is what makes the nanny finding process much harder.

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Topics: nanny

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, agency, senior

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, agency, senior

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, agency, senior, CPA

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, agency, senior, CPA

The nanny we interviewed wants guaranteed hours. What is this?

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Jul 24, 2018 3:50:00 PM

Hiring a nanny is an important decision and there are likely many questions going through your mind. Setting hours and understanding how much to pay your nanny is an important part of the process, and there are various terms that are used that you may be confused about. Salary and guaranteed hours are terms that are often used interchangeably, but in fact, they are completely different. If you’ve wondered what guaranteed hours are, we’ll break it down here for you.

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Topics: nanny, agency, senior, CPA

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