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Child Car Seat Safety

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Feb 11, 2020 4:00:00 PM

For parents and nannies that share the responsibility of transporting kids to and from their various activities, it’s important that you are aware of your local state laws regarding car seat usage, in addition to what the best practices are to keep kids safest.  Here are two helpful tips to ensure both your family and your nanny are on the same page when it comes to car seats.

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Topics: nanny, agency

Massachusetts AuPair Compensation in Limbo

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Feb 4, 2020 3:45:00 PM

Historically au pair host families nationwide have based au pair compensation on Federal minimum wage, allowing for a 40% wage deduction for the value of room and board. However, a class action lawsuit settlement and a court ruling have changed this standard. A federal court ruled on Dec. 2, 2019 that au pairs in Massachusetts were covered by the state's Domestic Worker Bill of Rights as well as entitled to earn state minimum wage and overtime. What does that mean for host families and Massachusetts au pairs?

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Topics: nanny, agency

New W4 for 2020: What You Need to Know to Get it Done Right

Posted by Mariya V Kruseck on Jan 24, 2020 9:47:29 AM

New W4 for 2020: What You Need to Know to Get it Done Right

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Topics: filing taxes, tax return, W-4, W4, IRS, taxes, 2020 taxes

Who Has Time to Be Sick? - Understanding and Administering Legally Required Sick Time

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Jan 21, 2020 3:45:00 PM

Getting sick can really throw busy families a curveball. It can get especially difficult if your family caregiver is sick. No one has time to get sick, but unfortunately, it does happen. Here are some of the important must-knows about understanding the legal parameters of giving your nanny or senior caregiver designated sick time.

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Topics: nanny, agency, senior

The Business Case for Outsourcing Household Payroll

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Jan 14, 2020 4:00:00 PM

Household employee payroll is a legal imperative, as well as the right way to treat your valued household employee. Although it is necessary, it is often a headache and a hassle. You can combat the hassles of household payroll by outsourcing to specialists. There are a number of benefits to outsourcing household your payroll needs, including the five listed below.

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Topics: nanny, agency, senior, CPA

Protect Yourself from Allegations of Wrongful Household Employment Practices

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Jan 7, 2020 4:01:00 PM

When you hire a nanny, senior caregiver, or other household staff, you immediately become an employer subject to all tax and labor laws in force. Unfortunately, the intimacy of the relationship can often induce the parties to cross legal boundaries, and these actions can eventually get the family into hot water.

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Topics: nanny, agency, senior, CPA

2020 Household Employment Coming Changes

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Dec 30, 2019 3:46:00 AM

Updated 31 December 2019

Every year HomeWork Solutions prepares a "what's new or changed" roundup of household employment tax laws and benefit information.

HOUSEHOLD EMPLOYEE 2020 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 and issue employees W-2 forms. This threshold will increase to $2200 for 2020, the first increase in 3 years.

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Topics: nanny, agency, senior, CPA

Are You Available to Work Overnight? - Addressing the 24 Hour Clock in

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Dec 23, 2019 3:45:00 PM

As a nanny, you are required to wear several different hats: authoritarian, event planner, cook, playmate, and more. During your employment, you may also be asked to step in to be an overnight nanny occasionally.  If you are okay with adding occasional overnight stays to your job duties, be sure to talk about this at the time you are first hired.

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Topics: nanny, agency, CPA

Should you pay your nanny legally? It's all Fixable and NOT Too Late...

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Dec 17, 2019 3:49:00 PM

We are committed to help educate families, nannies and agencies about the value of legal nanny payroll.

WE BELIEVE THAT LEGAL NANNY PAYROLL:

  • Establishes a principled relationship between the nanny and the employing family;
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Topics: nanny, agency, CPA

Understanding senior care payroll deductions

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Dec 3, 2019 4:17:00 PM

Today's families want to assist their aging loved ones to safely age in place, and increasingly hiring senior caregivers to provide care and support is the ideal solution.  There are many misunderstandings and misconceptions about the relationship with the caregiver and their payroll deductions. Many people think that their caregiver is not an actual “employee” and that they can just pay them in cash and call it good. Hiring a caregiver, for your aging loved one, whether they are an live-in caregiver, or one that works a set number of hours per day, means that you will need to understand the importance of senior care payroll deductions. Here are some must-knows about paying your senior caregiver.

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Topics: senior, CPA

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