Senior Home-Care Worker Payroll in Transition

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Aug 28, 2015 4:44:00 PM

Agency Senior Home-Care Workers About to Become More Expensive

The Obama Department of Labor has been working for the last four years to include senior home-care workers employed by third parties under the Fair Labor Standards Act's minimum wage and overtime provisions. There was also a parallel effort to redefine the services a bona fide senior companion caregiver could provide to align with the Congress' intent of the 1974 expansion of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

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Topics: companionship services, companionship exemption, senior home care, senior home caregiver, senior home-care workers

7 Services You Can Expect From a Senior Home Caregiver

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Jun 18, 2015 3:32:00 PM

What level of care can you expect from a senior home caregiver? Well, every family’s needs are unique, so the services you can expect in a typical day from your senior caregiver will be customized to what you requested during your initial assessment with a senior caregiver. Below is a broad list of services you can expect from a general senior home caregiver.

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Topics: senior home care, senior home-care workers

The Worst Advice We've Ever Heard About Senior Home Caregiver Payroll

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Feb 5, 2015 1:30:00 PM

It's been called the Silver Tsunami - America's 65+ demographic, which currently accounts for 13 percent of the overall population, is expected account for more than 20 percent by 2050  according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Three quarters of that population strong prefers and expects to age in place, remaining in their homes and communities as long as possible. Many families turn to senior home caregivers to help their loved ones remain independent in a safe environment, especially when non-medical support is called for.

Once the caregiver is hired, questions remain about how to handle the senior caregiver's payroll. Families turn to senior home care referral agencies, accountants and geriatric care managers for guidance. HWS has heard some remarkably bad advice on senior caregiver payroll, advice that when followed often comes back to haunt the senior or their family members.

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Topics: worker misclassification, worker misclassification independent contractor, senior home caregiver, senior home-care workers

Excluding Sleep Time from Paid Time for a 24-hour Senior Caregiver or Nanny Struck Down by CA Supreme Court

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Jan 8, 2015 4:55:00 PM

HWS received the following update today from Legally Nanny, a foremost legal expert in household employment law in California and wanted to immediately update California household employers.

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Topics: companionship services, california household employment, senior home care, senior home-care workers

Holiday Pay: How to calculate for a nanny or senior caregiver

Posted by Mary Crowe, FPC on Sep 2, 2014 6:41:00 PM

Monday, September 1 is Labor Day in the U.S. - a Federal holiday that many nannies and caregivers receive as a paid holiday. Families often struggle with how to calculate the employee's paycheck, especially overtime pay,  when a paid holiday is in the pay period.

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Topics: senior caregivers, caregiver payroll, nanny payroll, holiday, senior home-care workers

Elder Care FAQ: Employee Status and Tax Obligations

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Apr 6, 2014 7:34:00 AM

Usually around this time of year we start getting worried phone calls from families confused by the household employee taxes or the "nanny taxes." We pulled together some more of the frequently asked questions our tax experts are getting in time for April 15th. 

Q. My domestic (elder caregiver, housekeeper, nanny) wants to be treated as a "contractor." Can I do that?

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Topics: elder care, eldercare, household employee taxes, senior care, 1099 v w-2, senior home-care workers

Duties of a Companion Senior Home-Care Worker

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Oct 21, 2013 3:26:00 PM

Employment law, wage and hour law, and payroll tax requirements for privately employed senior caregivers are governed by a complex assortment of Federal and state rules and legislation. The scope of duties is used on the Federal level to distinguish companionship care - exempt from Federal minimum wage and overtime protections - from other domestic services that do enjoy FLSA protections.

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Topics: companionship services, companionship exemption, senior home care, senior home-care workers

Elder Care Hiring: Employee or Independent Contractor

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Sep 11, 2013 3:07:00 PM
The IRS is increasing its focus on improperly classified domestic workers, including those hired to as senior home care professionals.

An adult 18 years of age or older who works in your private home and to whom you pay more than $1900 in cash wages (as of 2014) per year is subject to payroll tax obligations.  Distinguishing between an independent contractor and an employee is crucial to remaining in compliance with IRS regulations.

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Topics: worker misclassification, worker misclassification independent contractor, 1099 v w-2, household independent contractor, senior home care, senior home-care workers

Overtime Rules for Senior Home Care Workers

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Mar 18, 2013 2:38:00 PM

Direct hiring of senior caregivers by families continues to increase, and families have questions about minimum wage, overtime and whether to pay the elder caregiver when they are sleeping. US News and World Report recently noted that "by a 9-to-1 ratio, people prefer to stay in their homes as they get older rather than moving into an institution." They often become household employers as they hire individual home-care workers to help them age in place.

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Topics: elder care, senior caregivers, companionship services, companionship exemption, senior home-care workers

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