Montgomery County MD Paid Sick Leave Law Includes Household Employers

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Sep 17, 2015 2:47:00 PM

Paid sick leave is an important benefit of any job.  Nannies or senior caregivers often show up for work when they are ill because they cannot afford to miss a days' pay. People in these professions will be glad to hear that the Montgomery County (MD) Council recently joined other localities in providing paid sick leave as a mandated employee benefit after a unanimous vote. (1) It will work as a tiered-system that would provide four days paid sick leave and three days of unpaid leave for employers that have 5 or fewer employees.

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INA Nanny Salary and Benefits Survey

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Oct 31, 2014 12:27:00 PM

April 2015 Update

The survey referenced below is now closed and published. HWS encourages you to review the results.

The INA reports the following:

 

Key findings include:

 

  • Average hourly rate USD$18.66, $1/hour increase from 2012
  • 49% have had a salary increase in prior 12 months, up from 38% in 2012
  • Education and experience correlate with higher hourly wage
  • 60% received an annual bonus in 2013, up from 53% in 2011
  • INA Credentialed nannies average $19.96 per hour
  • 64% are paid legally
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Household Worker and Nanny Payroll – What Paid Holidays do I get?

Posted by Vanessa Vidal, FPC on Jun 11, 2013 5:45:00 PM

Did you know that household employers are not legally obligated to pay for ANY holidays or time off to their employees*?  It is entirely up to the employer to decide if such a benefit will be offered or not.  Clearly this is something that should be discussed when interviewing, and memorialized in a written work agreement. We know from experience this is a big concern for household employees. In some situations, applicants will even choose one job over another based on the holiday and paid time off in the job offer.

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Topics: housekeeper, maid, nanny paid time off, nanny benefits, nanny work agreement

Happy Mother’s Day from your Nanny Tax Experts!

Posted by Vanessa Vidal, FPC on May 10, 2013 4:00:00 PM

We live over whelmed by the Disney-style images of an idealized life, where love stories end when the couple gets married and they “live happily ever after”.  Have you ever questioned what “ever after” really means?  Let me tell you … it means we buy a house, pay bills, and have arguments over the remote control.  Eventually, we become parents, and time seems to start running against us!  

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Nannies - Transportation Allowance is TAX FREE to you and your employer!

Posted by Kathy Webb on Jan 14, 2013 11:30:00 AM

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, passed by Congress this January 1, included some substantial good news for employees whose employers supplement their public transportation expense.

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Topics: housekeeper, maid, nanny benefits

Paid Holidays for Nannies and Other Household Workers?

Posted by Kathy Webb on Nov 15, 2012 1:00:00 PM

Household employers are not legally obligated to pay for ANY holidays or time off. It is true, however, that some baseline provision of paid holidays is a general expectation of household employees. Many nannies, especially those working without a written work agreement in place, worry about their income during the busy holiday season. Will they receive pay on holidays? Will they be paid for those regular days when they are not needed due to holiday travel or entertainment?

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Topics: nanny paid time off, nanny benefits

State & Local Rules Apply to Nannies

Posted by Kathy Webb on Oct 2, 2012 5:05:00 PM

Did you know that New York State requires that employers provide three paid days personal time per year to a nanny or housekeeper after one year of employment?

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Topics: nanny benefits, new york household employment, california household employment

Holiday & Vacation Pay for Nannies and Housekeepers?

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Jul 2, 2012 5:27:00 PM

We field increasing questions from families and their staff about holiday and vacation pay as families prepare for their summer vacations.

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Topics: nanny paid time off, nanny benefits

Employer Paid Healthcare W-2 Reporting

Posted by Kathy Webb on Dec 12, 2011 7:41:00 AM


Federal Healthcare Reform legislation (Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act) creates some compliance issues that will begin impacting household employer's payroll recordkeeping in 2012. Effective January 1, 2012, all employers must report the total cost of all “applicable employer-sponsored coverage” provided to an employee for health insurance on the employee's Form W-2. Any non-taxable payments or reimbursements that the household employer makes to their employee(s) for health insurance coverage must be reported. If the employee pays for (funds) any part of his/her health insurance coverage that is partially sponsored by the employer, the total premium cost must be reported.

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Topics: nanny health insurance, nanny benefits, employee health insurance

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