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Creating a “Compensation Philosophy”

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

In a perfect world someone hires another to do a job, they do the job, and are then paid a fair wage. Obviously things aren’t that simple. When thinking through an open position and recruiting for a new employee you might want to start thinking about a “compensation philosophy.” Here are some thoughts to get you started.

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Topics: agency, CPA

Understanding your 1040 Schedule H

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Mar 19, 2019 3:56:00 PM

If you are a household employer and have an employee working in your home, you have a responsibility to pay and report payroll taxes, which includes filing a Schedule H form with your personal federal tax return. If you paid your employee at least $2,100 in the year, if you withheld Federal Income Taxes, or if you are liable for unemployment taxes you must file this form.

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Topics: nanny, senior, CPA

Increased Penalties from the DOL for Labor Law Violations

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

In 2015 a law was passed to start using an inflation adjustment for penalties on labor law violations. Here are some of the penalties for 2019:

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Topics: agency, CPA

Nanny Pay During Spring Break

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Mar 12, 2019 3:26:00 PM

Spring break is a time that many families look forward to each year, as it’s a time to relax and connect with each other, either at home or away on a trip. If you have been planning a getaway with your family this spring break, it is important to understand how it will affect your nanny. If she isn’t going along on the vacation with you, do you still have to pay her and is she guaranteed hours?

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Topics: nanny, agency

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. What is at-will employment? 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

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