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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

Retirement Plan Contributions are Updating for 2019

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Jan 31, 2019 10:00:00 AM

As a follow up to our previous post about retirement plans, here is some information about 2019 retirement contribution limits. The amounts are indexed for inflation and most have increased this year.

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Topics: CPA

Negotiating Pre-Tax Benefits a Win-Win

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Jan 29, 2019 11:56:09 AM

HomeWork Solutions' co-founder Kathy Webb recently participated in a nanny educational program focused around legal nanny payroll. In the course of discussions, attendees were anxious for some concrete examples on how the negotiation of pre-tax benefits for health insurance reimbursement and professional development  could be cost neutral to a family and a big win for the nanny.

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Topics: nanny, agency, CPA

Managing v micro-managing your dad’s caregiver

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Jan 29, 2019 10:25:00 AM

Hiring a caregiver is a very personal decision and there is a lot of different information and emotion involved. Because of that, you’ve likely spent a significant amount of time interviewing caregiver candidates to find the “right” fit. Once you have found the right person to hire to help provide care for your dad, now comes the hard work of establishing job descriptions, building solid communication, and managing the person without interfering too much. Micromanagement never yields the results you want, yet it is easy for people to get into this routine. It instead leads to higher turnover and caregivers that are demoralized and unenthusiastic about their work.

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Topics: senior

Offering a SIMPLE IRA is a Good Place to Start for Small Businesses

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Jan 24, 2019 10:00:00 AM

If you own a small business, or are a household employer, and want to offer a retirement savings plan to your employees the options can get confusing. Offering a 401(k) can be complicated and expensive, but a SIMPLE IRA might be just right. What is a SIMPLE IRA? Here is a breakdown of how they work and some SIMPLE IRA benefits.

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Topics: agency, CPA

Interviewing a caregiver - Questions you might not want to ask...

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Jan 22, 2019 3:56:00 PM

You are going to hire a nanny or senior caregiver soon. You know that interviewing can be tricky, and don't want to make a mistake in this important activity. Before you begin advertising, narrowing down your candidates and starting the interview process, it is important to do some research on what proper protocol is for what questions you can ask and what is taboo. Here are some helpful caregiver interview tips.

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Topics: nanny, senior

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