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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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