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Explaining “At-Will Employment”

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Mar 7, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Most employers these days use some form of “at-will” employment model. Simply put, it means that the employment relationship can be terminated at any time with or without notice. This goes for both the employer and employee. An employee quitting is pretty straight forward so we’ll focus on the employer side for this article. As this post does not end here, you’re probably assuming it’s not that simple. You’re right.

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Topics: agency, CPA

Your brother is taking a vacation? Should your nanny watch your niece too?

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Mar 5, 2019 3:59:00 PM

Your brother and wife are taking a quick trip and they have asked if it would be ok for you to keep your five-year-old niece for the week. But, you’re working, and your nanny has a responsibility during the day taking care of your children. How should you handle this? Here are some ideas.

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Topics: nanny, agency

Federal Mileage Rate Increases

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Feb 28, 2019 10:00:00 AM

For 2019 the Federal mileage reimbursement rate has increased 3.5 cents to 58 cents per mile. This may mean better deductions on business taxes for 2019 but also increased cost if you have a workforce that uses personal vehicles.

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Topics: CPA

Onboarding a new household employee

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Feb 26, 2019 4:10:00 PM

If you are considering hiring a new household employee, chances are, you are thinking about the many details that are involved with that. Opening your home and entrusting  your loved ones to a new person is a big step and one that should be taken seriously. There should be much research and caution used. Here are some important things to keep in mind before you consider onboarding a new household employee.

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Topics: nanny, agency, senior

A Review of Individual Tax Law Changes

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Feb 21, 2019 10:00:00 AM

As we are in the thick of the 2018 tax filing season most any news outlet has reports of confusion and frustration stemming from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Here is a quick 2018 tax guide that outlines some of the changes.

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Topics: CPA

Household Employee Workers' Compensation: A Case Study

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Feb 19, 2019 4:02:00 PM

Worker’s compensation cases can get messy if they aren’t handled by the book. This client story shows the importance of purchasing a Worker’s Compensation Insurance Policy.

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Topics: nanny, agency, senior

Reverse Mentoring is a Thing and It Can Be Helpful

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Feb 14, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Just as it sounds, sometimes it helps for younger people to mentor their elders. While years of experience are often associated with people who have lived more of them, the digital age has caused a shift.

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Topics: agency, CPA

Hire for Character, Train for Specific Knowledge

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Feb 12, 2019 4:02:00 PM

Hiring someone to work one-on-one with your loved one is a very important decision that requires research and dedication. There are many caregivers out there looking for work, but which one is right for you? You may feel overwhelmed at that options, but what it really comes down to is, which person best connects with you and your family? Experience is key, but good character is what really matters. Here are some basic tips for a hiring a nanny with good character.

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Topics: nanny, agency, senior

The Basics of Employee Motivation

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Feb 7, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Motivating your employees can be a difficult process. Maybe you try financial incentives or office recognition like “Employee of the Month.” These can only be so successful because true motivation needs to come from within. Here are some basics on how to motivate employees.

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Topics: agency, CPA

How a Nanny Files an Unpaid Wage Claim

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Feb 5, 2019 3:54:00 PM

Occasionally a nanny or other household employee will find themselves in a dispute with an employer, generally a former employer, over unpaid wages. Whether this be overtime that wasn’t properly compensated, failure to meet minimum wage or final wages that were not paid, there exists in every state a mechanism to file an unpaid wage claim and have the state’s Department of Labor Wage and Hour office intervene on his or her behalf. These avenues should be pursued AFTER direct attempts to resolve the situation with the employer have failed.

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Topics: nanny, agency, senior, CPA

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