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Why Nanny Work Agreements Are So Important!

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 2/28/24 11:10 AM

Nanny work agreements play a vital role in establishing a successful nanny-employer relationship. These documents provide a clear framework for the employment arrangement and help prevent potentially damaging misunderstandings. 

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Topics: nanny, agency

Unlocking Tax Savings with Employee Benefits: The Power of QSEHRA/ICHRA for Your Household Employee

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 1/16/24 11:38 AM

In the modern economy, more and more households are hiring domestic help, whether it's a nanny, caregiver, or housekeeper. These household employees play a crucial role in keeping our lives running smoothly, and it's important to recognize their dedication and hard work. One effective way to show appreciation and also maximize tax savings for you, and your employee, is by offering a Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangement (QSEHRA) or an Individual Coverage Health Reimbursement Arrangement (ICHRA).

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Topics: nanny agencies, senior care, nanny, nanny tax, household payroll tax, nanny benefits, household independent contractor, household payroll, agency, senior, CPA

2024 Household Employment Changes

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 1/11/24 1:41 PM

Updated December 2023

Every year HomeWork Solutions prepares a summary of new or updated household employment tax laws and benefit information.

HOUSEHOLD EMPLOYEE 2024 WAGE BASE:

The IRS annually reviews, and adjusts as necessary, the wage payment threshold that obligates a family to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes.  These tax withholdings are reported annually on a W-2.  This threshold will increase to $2,700 for 2024.

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Topics: nanny, agency, senior, CPA

Bad Weather is Easy to Navigate With a Good Work Agreement

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 1/9/24 11:34 AM

It is time to plan ahead and have an inclement weather policy in place for the upcoming winter weather. Snowy or icy conditions can be unsafe, and safety should always be the top priority when determining if an employee should commute in to work. In the event of a weather emergency, having an inclement weather policy in place ensures everyone knows what to do.

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Topics: payroll, nanny agency, senior care, nanny, nanny work agreement, household payroll, senior

Minimum Wage Increases Coming in January 2024

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 12/27/23 4:58 PM

Governments are recognizing the need to ensure household employees are paid a living wage and slowly phasing in wage increases over a series of years.  Effective January 1, 2024, minimum wage will be increasing in additional states and cities across the country.  As longtime advocates for fair and legal pay, we hope to see this trend continue, and to see an increase to the Federal Minimum Wage in the coming years.

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Topics: senior care, nanny, agency, senior, CPA

Do I Have to Pay My Nanny, Senior Caregiver, or Other Household Employee Overtime?

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 12/12/23 11:29 AM

The short answer is yes. Domestic employees, such as nannies, household assistants, and elder care providers are hourly employees under the law, and therefore must be paid overtime. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) provides the framework to determine weekly overtime requirements for household workers. Some states also have laws requiring daily overtime. It is important to understand all applicable rules to determine when overtime pay is due.

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Topics: eldercare, caregiver payroll, nanny agency, senior care, nanny employment practices, nanny, nanny tax, nanny overtime, household payroll, Senior Caregiver Payroll, agency, senior, CPA

Is Your Employee’s Healthcare Plan ACA Compliant?

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 12/7/23 11:25 AM

If you are seeking to provide a tax advantaged healthcare reimbursement, such as a QSEHRA, to your household employee, you need to make sure it is ACA compliant. Let's delve into what it takes for a plan to be ACA-compliant and what might not meet those standards.

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Topics: eldercare, household employee, nanny agency, senior care, nanny, nanny health insurance, household payroll, senior caregiver health insurance, agency, senior, CPA

FLSA - Compensation Rules Live-In vs. Live-Out Caregivers

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 12/6/23 11:11 AM

Whether you are hiring a nanny, a caregiver for an elderly family member, or any other domestic worker, understanding the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) live-in and live-out designations, is crucial. These federal guidelines ensure fair treatment and compensation for domestic workers, based on the residential status required of their position.

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Topics: nanny agency, senior care, nanny, Senior Caregiver Payroll, agency, senior, CPA

Understanding FLSA Hours Worked for Domestic Workers

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 12/5/23 9:25 AM

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is a federal law designed to protect the rights and well-being of workers in the United States, including those working in private households. It is important to understand how the FLSA applies to domestic workers and the concept of "hours worked" to ensure a fair and legal working environment. Keep in mind, while these federal requirements apply in all areas, states and localities also have laws regarding hours worked and compensation.

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Topics: FLSA, nanny agency, nanny, caregiver, Senior Caregiver Payroll, domestic worker, agency

Understanding FLSA Exempt Tests: Why Household Employees Are Almost Exclusively Non-Exempt Workers

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 11/7/23 10:45 AM

If you are considering hiring a nanny, senior caregiver, or other household employee, and are unsure if your new hire should be paid hourly or salaried, you're not alone. Many families are confused by the rules and guidelines that govern their employment arrangements with domestic employees. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) provides guidance and explains why nannies and most other household employees are considered "Non-Exempt workers under federal law and must be eligible for overtime pay.

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Topics: nanny agency, senior care, nanny, Senior Caregiver Payroll, agency, senior, CPA

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