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How Paid Holidays Can Impact Overtime Pay

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 5/14/24 12:46 PM

Good communication that establishes a mutual understanding is necessary when hiring a nanny, senior caregiver, or other household employee to work in your home. When it comes to defining benefits such as paid holidays, the details matter to ensure there is no misunderstanding about how these holidays will be compensated. If the employee often works more than 40 hours per week, defining this benefit and clarifying expectations becomes even more critical. Let’s examine how labor laws determine when overtime is due and how guaranteed pay alters the picture.

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Topics: overtime rules, household employee, household employer, hiring a nanny, time tracking, nanny hourly wage, domestic employer legal responsibilities, nanny overtime, Hiring Elder care, Senior Caregiver Payroll

Tips to Successfully Onboard Your Household Employee

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 4/30/24 11:17 AM

When you hire a new household employee, it's important to handle the process carefully and thoroughly. Whether you're welcoming a nanny, a senior caregiver, or a household chef, understanding the key steps can help ensure a smooth integration into your home and family life. Here are several essential considerations to remember as you begin this important journey.

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Topics: household employee taxes, caregiver payroll, household staffing agency, household employee, hiring a nanny, nanny employment practices, nanny payroll, nanny payroll tax, nannies, nanny tax, nanny employee, domestic employer legal responsibilities, household payroll, Hiring Elder care, hiring care for seniors, domestic worker, caregiver management

Our Nanny is Leaving, What Now?

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 4/23/24 3:41 PM

When your nanny decides to leave, whether the parting is mutual or unexpected, it can be an emotional and complicated time for everyone involved. Here are some important steps to consider to ensure a smooth transition and to maintain a positive relationship through the change:

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Topics: caregiver payroll, household employee, household employer, hiring a nanny, nanny employment practices, nanny taxes, nanny employee, nanny return of family property, household payroll, nanny employment termination, nanny separation, caregiver, domestic worker, childcare, child care

Why Paying Half Off the Books is Never a Good Idea

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 4/18/24 10:32 AM

Navigating the complexities of payroll and taxes is more than just a bureaucratic task; it's a commitment to fairness and integrity. Let’s take a look at the importance of transparent wage reporting, the ethical considerations of payroll management, the financial risks of non-compliance, and the broader implications on your nanny's welfare.

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Topics: household employee, hiring a nanny, childcare, child care

Is Your Employee’s Healthcare Plan ACA Compliant?

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 12/7/23 11:25 AM

If you are seeking to provide a tax advantaged healthcare reimbursement, such as a QSEHRA, to your household employee, you need to make sure it is ACA compliant. Let's delve into what it takes for a plan to be ACA-compliant and what might not meet those standards.

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Topics: eldercare, household employee, nanny agency, senior care, nanny, nanny health insurance, household payroll, senior caregiver health insurance, agency, senior, CPA

What Expenses Can Be Reimbursed When Hiring a New Employee?

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 7/13/21 10:36 AM

If you recently hired a household employee who lives out of town, there is a good chance you have discussed reimbursement for moving expenses. These costs can be a burden for employees, so employers often step in and help with the expenses or cover them completely. Here are some things to remember when it comes to paying for moving-related costs surrounding the hiring of your new employee.

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Topics: household employee, household employer, nanny expense reimbursement, household payroll literacy, nanny agency, household payroll, caregiver, IRS

Using Your Tax Credit to Pay Your Nanny

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 6/29/21 10:00 AM

Starting July 15 and continuing through the end of 2021, many parents will be receiving a child tax credit as part of the American Rescue Plan. The tax credit is $3,600 for children younger than age six and $3,000 for those between six and seventeen. The payments are an ‘advance’ on 2021 taxes and will arrive in monthly installments on the 15th of every month. The total credit is available for married couples with children earning a combined $150,000 or less that file jointly or $75,000 for individuals. For people making more, the money will be reduced accordingly. Most people will get the funds through direct deposit into their bank account or how you filed your 2020 taxes.

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Topics: household employee, nanny employment practices, nanny payroll tax, nannies, nanny tax, nanny interview, nanny job search, CPA, IRS, kids

Do I Need to Pay Taxes for My Summer Nanny?

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 5/25/21 10:00 AM

Summer is right around the corner, and kids are dreaming of their extended vacations. Unfortunately, many parents don't get the same amount of time off from their work responsibilities. Will you need an extra hand with the kids this summer?

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Topics: household employee, nanny summer schedule, nanny agency, nanny payroll, nanny payroll tax, nanny tax, nanny wage, household payroll, temporary nanny, nanny job search

Should I Outsource My Household Employee's Payroll?

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 4/20/21 10:00 AM

At HomeWork Solutions, we understand household payroll and tax preparation can be complicated. With tax laws changing regularly, it can be challenging to stay up to date on everything. Outsourcing will save you time and the headache of researching what has changed and what hasn't. You won't need to worry about making a mistake with deductions, either. Your household payroll specialist is skilled in each part of the process, navigating everything for you—the result: payroll and tax preparations are seamless.  

If you've recently hired a household employee like a nanny or senior caregiver, and you don't have the time to manage payroll and tax deductions for your household employee, consider outsourcing the work to a qualified payroll and tax provider like HomeWork Solutions. That way, you and your employee are compliant, and you can rest easy knowing all the details are handled.

If you needed more of an incentive to start paying your household employees on the books, The American Rescue Plan Act is now in place for additional financial help, providing families with even more tax credits. It's never been easier to do the right thing and pay your employee's taxes accurately and on time. 

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Topics: household employee, nanny payroll tax, nanny tax compliance, caregiver, senior home caregiver, outsource nanny payroll, agency

Top 3 to-do’s After Hiring Your Household Employee

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 4/6/21 10:23 AM

Hiring a senior caregiver, a nanny, or a housekeeper who regularly works in your home is a personal decision. It takes time to find the right person to fit your family's unique needs, so once you've found that person, it's essential to get things started on the right foot. Here are three of the most important things to do immediately upon hiring your new domestic employee.

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Topics: household employee taxes, household employee, nanny payroll tax, nanny work agreement, nanny tax compliance, caregiver, nanny management

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