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Four Steps to Becoming the Ultimate Household Employer

Posted by Kathy Webb on May 8, 2012 8:40:00 AM

Guest blogger Bonnie Low-Kramen is the author the book, Be the Ultimate Assistant, A celebrity assistant’s secrets to working with any high powered employer. Bonnie is the former assistant to celebrity couple Olympia Dukakis and Louis Zorich. Bonnie is now teaching workshops for Personal Assistants in major U.S. cities. Visit www.bonnielowkramen.com for more details.

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Topics: nanny employment practices, domestic employer legal responsibilities

How Can I Track My Child's Day with the Nanny?

Posted by Kathy Webb on Mar 26, 2012 8:17:00 AM

We recently posted some advice on how to choose a quality nanny referral agency. We work with agency partners nationwide to help their clients and referred private service professionals alike understand the mechanics of household payroll. Nannies from the Heartland Inc. is a well respected household staffing agency in Minneapolis, MN. Becky Kavanagh, an experienced placement counselor (with 22 years of nanny experience!) shares some of her thoughts on how parents can stay connected to their child's day.

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Topics: nanny employee, nanny employment practices, nanny work agreement, nanny share, nanny training

When You Need to Let the Nanny Go

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Jan 12, 2012 8:24:00 AM

If you employ a nanny, chances are strong at some point you will need to let the nanny go. There are myriad reasons a family fires a nanny. The children grow up and your beloved family nanny is no longer needed. Perhaps the nanny has horrible work habits - always late or a frequent 'no show.' Your family and the nanny simply may not 'click.' The nanny who was a wonderful nurturer of your infant does not have the energy to deal with your demanding toddler. Whatever the reason, firing a nanny can be an uncomfortable experience for both family and nanny.

Below are some tips and best practices when letting the nanny go.

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Topics: nanny employment practices, nanny tax compliance, nanny employment termination

3 Top Issues in a Nanny Share

Posted by Kathy Webb on Sep 18, 2011 8:34:00 AM

We have recently been discussing the increased popularity of nanny sharing - two families hiring one nanny to care for both children. Today we will explore the top three Sticky wickets in a nanny share arrangement.

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Topics: nanny employment practices, nanny work agreement, nanny share

Nanny Sharing Helps Families with Childcare Costs

Posted by Kathy Webb on Sep 6, 2011 8:05:00 AM

Did you know that a family in DC will spend an average of $18,200 per year on child care? According to the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (NACCRRA) recent study, many families pay more for a year of early child care than they would pay for a year's tuition at a public university!

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Topics: nanny share, nanny employment practices, nanny taxes

Update California AB 889 Domestic Workers' Rights Bill

Posted by Kathy Webb on Jul 11, 2011 9:41:00 AM

HomeWork Solutions continues to track California's AB 889, coined the "Domestic Workers' Rights Bill" as it travels through the state legislature.

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Topics: nanny employment practices, domestic workers bill of rights, companionship services, companionship exemption

10 Tips: Avoid Common Nanny Payroll and Legal Mistakes

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Jun 29, 2011 8:28:00 AM

When hiring their nanny, most employers believe that they have recruited the perfect caregiver for their child. Most often, they want be fair in their dealing with their nanny, including in the arena of compensation. However, year after year a small suite of common nanny payroll and legal mistakes become very expensive lessons for these nanny employers.

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Topics: nanny workers compensation insurance, nanny employment practices, calculate nanny payroll tax, domestic employer legal responsibilities, nanny work agreement

Nannies: IRS Mileage Reimbursement Rate Goes Up!

Posted by Kathy Webb on Jun 23, 2011 1:06:00 PM

Effective July 1, 2011, the IRS standard mileage reimbursement rate will increase to 55.5 cents per mile. The rate for January 1 - June 30 2011 is 51 cents per mile.

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Topics: nanny mileage reimbursement, nanny car allowance, nanny employment practices, nanny expense reimbursement, household employee expense reimbursement

Nanny Employment Eligibility Update: Legal Arizona Workers Act of 2007 Upheld

Posted by Kathy Webb on Jun 15, 2011 7:59:00 AM

The Legal Arizona Workers Act of 2007 requires that Arizona employers comply with the Federal Form I-9 regulations, or face state civil sanctions and/or criminal charges. Federal law already imposes the I-9 regulations on ALL US employers - this law adds the ability of the State of Arizona to utilize the application of state sanctions to further encourage compliance.

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Topics: nanny employment practices, nanny e-verify

Update - California Domestic Worker's Bill of Rights

Posted by Kathy Webb on Jun 3, 2011 10:25:00 AM

California Assembly Bill AB889 passed the assembly in June 1 and now moves to the California Senate for consideration. We previously blogged on this bill last month. In addition to the workplace rules described in the previous blog, HomeWork Solutions has recently learned that household employers will now be required to provide itemized pay stubs with each wage payment. The requirements include:

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Topics: nanny employment practices, domestic employer legal responsibilities, nanny workers compensation insurance, nanny overtime, domestic workers bill of rights

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