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You’ve Hired an In-Home Employee: What are Your Legal Responsibilities?

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 12/17/20 11:30 AM

Need a housekeeper, nanny, personal assistant, or estate manager to lend a helping hand in your home on a regular basis? Once you find the right person, you want to make sure that they stay employed with you for as long as possible. That means ensuring that everything is kept on the up and up – from communication, to a set payroll schedule, to tax withholdings. Hiring an in-home employee makes you a household employer. And you’ll need to be aware of what your legal responsibilities are. 

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Topics: elder care, household employer, calculate nanny payroll tax, 1099 v w-2, domestic employer legal responsibilities, nanny tax compliance, household payroll, caregiver

Legal Must-Knows Before Hiring a Household Employee

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 3/21/17 4:57 PM

Considering hiring a caregiver, nanny, or other in-home employee? You may think it’s more convenient to pay them under the table, but in fact, this could be a very costly decision if you end up getting caught. There are some important legal must-knows before hiring a household employee and here, we will go over what those are.

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Topics: domestic employer legal responsibilities

Paying Nannies Legally is the Right Thing to Do

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 1/3/17 3:07 PM

Having a child is a big commitment – it takes time, patience, and money, but the rewards of being a parent are unlike anything else in life. For many parents, the change in lifestyle that comes with parenting means that you need some extra hands.

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Topics: nanny tax, domestic employer legal responsibilities

California Domestic Worker Bill of Rights: Employer Facts

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 11/15/16 8:37 AM

The California Domestic Workers' Bill of Rights (CA DWBR), which went into effect in 2014, along two other pieces of recent legislation obligate California household employers to special responsibilities. Recently the January 1, 2017 sunset provision of the 2014 CA DWBR legislation was repealed - a significant victory for domestic worker rights advocates.

California household employers must first make a determination, based on the nature of the work performed, whether their employee is a domestic service worker or a personal attendant. Duties determine the applicablity of Wage Orders and employee protections in California. It's a bit complicated! 

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Topics: domestic employer legal responsibilities, nanny independent contractor, nanny work agreement, california household employment

Wage Theft Law Facts for Household Employers

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 8/24/15 3:06 PM

Are you an employer that employees one or more household employees? New laws require that employers providing wages to their employees now have the burden of proof, showing that they have paid the workers fairly and that they employees were not short changed out of the pay that they were due.

This shift of the burden of proof from the employee to the employer has huge implications in household employment. Household employment is in the midst of the perfect storm

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Topics: domestic employer legal responsibilities, wage theft prevention

6 Things About Household Payroll Tax Every Caregiver Should Know

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 9/30/14 6:07 PM

Nannies and senior caregivers who work in a private home, receive instructions and directions from the family employer and are paid by the family (either directly or via a household payroll company) are employees in the eyes of the IRS and US Department of Labor. As employees, many aspects of compensation and payroll are governed by payroll and labor law, no different than employees in a department store, factory or othr workplaces. Tax and labor law that covers household employees are often unique, and all too often neither the family nor the caregiver know the important details. Household payroll literacy on the part of a nanny or senior caregiver is important as they negotiate pay and benefits with their employers, many of whom don't understand these key points themselves.

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Topics: household employee taxes, household payroll literacy, nanny employment practices, domestic employer legal responsibilities

MA Domestic Workers' Bill of Rights Enacted

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 8/5/14 8:26 PM

Massachusetts’ Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights (DWBR), S.2132, passed the MA Senate on May 8, the MA State House on June 18, and signed into law by  Gov. Duval Patrick on July 2, 2014. The bill goes into effect April 2015.

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Topics: domestic workers bill of rights, domestic employer legal responsibilities

Massachusetts Domestic Worker Rights Bill Advances

Posted by Kathleen Webb on 4/8/14 11:40 AM

A bill to increase the Massachusetts minimum wage and grant extended legal protections to Massachusetts' nannies, housekeepers and senior caregivers passed the Massachusetts House 125-24 April 4, 2014. The bill will move to the Massachusetts' Senate where stand alone minimum wage legislation (no linkage with domestic workers' rights) has previously passed. The two chambers will have to reach an agreement on the differences  between their respective bills.

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Topics: domestic workers bill of rights, domestic employer legal responsibilities

Tax Tidbit: Household Employee Taxes ARE the Nanny Taxes

Posted by Kathleen Webb on 3/16/14 7:00 AM

Household employee placements- including butlers, chefs, housekeepers and nannies- are on the rise, said Sarah Tilton of the Wall Street Journal in a recent online article. Accustomed to the high level of service they receive on luxury vacations and five star hotels, wealthy homeowners are increasingly staffing their residences with specially trained personnel to make their lives more comfortable.

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Topics: household employee taxes, 1099 v w-2, domestic employer legal responsibilities, nanny tax compliance

Do I Need to Provide Our Nanny (or Household Employee) a Paystub?

Posted by Vanessa Vidal, FPC on 1/19/14 8:08 AM

Many families pay their household workers directly and subscribe to a service such as HomeWork Solutions' Essential Payroll to prepare necessary quarterly and end of year tax documents. We are often asked about whether pay stubs are necessary.

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Topics: nanny payroll, calculate nanny payroll tax, domestic employer legal responsibilities, nanny tax calculator, household paycheck calculator

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