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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.


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.


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

Philadelphia Enacts Domestic Worker Bill of Rights

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Nov 14, 2019 2:38:59 PM

The City of Philadelphia joins 10 states and two other cities with legislation known as a Domestic Worker Bill of Rights. This legislation is part of a decade long community level movement nationwide to establish basic worker protections to the growing domestic services industry. While the numbers of nannies and housekeepers remains stable, the in-home senior care component of the domestic services field continues to experience vigorous growth as aging baby boomers overwhelmingly prefer to "age in place," therefore requiring senior caregivers to help them remain safe and independent.

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Topics: nanny, agency, senior, CPA

More than a Good Book - Reading with Children

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Nov 12, 2019 4:23:00 PM

Books are a window to different worlds and a way for your child to dive into the depths of their imaginations. The benefits of reading to children extend to various areas of life. Some of the benefits of regular reading include helping increase your child’s vocabulary, while promoting longer attention span, builds listening skills, and helps your child discover things in unique ways. Reading helps children develop their language which will help not only with their speaking, but with their writing. Children love the sound of language, even from the womb. So, cultivating a love for stories and books of all kinds is key to their development. There are a variety of wonderful books out there to choose from, but here are some tips on picking books that resonate with children.

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Topics: nanny, agency

Why not pay my nanny partly on and off the books?

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Nov 5, 2019 4:00:00 PM

You’ve hired a nanny and now comes the details of getting payroll set up with proper taxes withheld. It might seem like a good idea to pay your nanny partly on the books with the rest of payments off the record, because it could save you on taxes while still contributing to her work history. However, there are a variety of reasons you should not go this route, which we cover here.

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Topics: nanny, agency, CPA

New Tax Advantaged Health Insurance Options for Household Employees

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Oct 29, 2019 4:00:00 PM

The health insurance marketplace continues to change, and starting 1 January 2020 employers of nannies, senior caregivers, and other household employees will have a new choice for assisting or supporting their employees with their health insurance and other health care expenses.

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Topics: nanny, agency, senior, CPA

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