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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: CPA, agency

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.

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Topics: senior, nanny, agency

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 to help you motivate your workforce.

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Topics: CPA, agency

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, CPA, senior

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

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. Here is a breakdown of how they work.

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Topics: CPA, agency

3 More Metrics that Really Matter to Employers

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Jan 17, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Most employers are focused on financial metrics when analyzing their business, which makes sense. In recent years though, more attention has been paid to human resource metrics as well. Monitoring the below items can help any company, household or not, with ensuring smooth operation.

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Topics: CPA, agency

Resolve to Outsource Household Payroll this Year!

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Jan 15, 2019 4:00:00 PM

Is your to-do list getting longer and longer and does it seem like your demands from day to day just never end? We get it. Sometimes there simply isn’t enough time to keep on top of everything.

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Topics: nanny, senior, CPA, agency

2018 Household Employment Year End Roundup

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Dec 18, 2018 3:50:00 PM

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

HOUSEHOLD EMPLOYEE 2019 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 remains at $2100 of wages in a year for 2019.

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Topics: CPA, agency, nanny, senior

Childcare Planning for Weather Emergencies

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Dec 11, 2018 3:36:00 PM

You live an active lifestyle and sometimes weather emergencies throw you for a loop. No one likes to be inconvenienced and when it comes to weather issues, it can be stressful and frustrating – especially if it means that your nanny or caregiver cannot come to work. Whether it’s a tropical storm or a pileup of snow overnight, if you plan ahead for weather emergencies, you can minimize the headache. Here are some tips that can help.

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Topics: nanny, agency

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