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National Nanny Recognition Week

Posted by Kathy Webb on 9/6/12 5:53 PM

Through the year, there are some special days, created to remind us of the importance of those special people that make a difference in our lives.  We are now approaching the National Nanny Recognition Week (September 23rd through 29th).

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Topics: nanny employment practices, nanny, nanny bonus

Don't Forget the Nanny Overtime

Posted by Kathy Webb on 5/17/12 7:34 AM

Most nannies and their employers work and are paid on a set weekly schedule; however, from time to time the family will require additional hours from their nanny. Legally, nannies are entitled to additional compensation for additional hours worked, and live out nannies, at a minimum, are entitled to the overtime differential (1.5 times the hourly rate) for hours worked over 40 in a work week. *

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Topics: nanny employment practices, domestic employer legal responsibilities, nanny overtime

Four Steps to Becoming the Ultimate Household Employer

Posted by Kathy Webb on 5/8/12 8:40 AM

Guest blogger Bonnie Low-Kramen is the author the book, Be the Ultimate Assistant, A celebrity assistant’s secrets to working with any high powered employer. Bonnie is the former assistant to celebrity couple Olympia Dukakis and Louis Zorich. Bonnie is now teaching workshops for Personal Assistants in major U.S. cities. Visit www.bonnielowkramen.com for more details.

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Topics: nanny employment practices, domestic employer legal responsibilities

How Can I Track My Child's Day with the Nanny?

Posted by Kathy Webb on 3/26/12 8:17 AM

We recently posted some advice on how to choose a quality nanny referral agency. We work with agency partners nationwide to help their clients and referred private service professionals alike understand the mechanics of household payroll. Nannies from the Heartland Inc. is a well respected household staffing agency in Minneapolis, MN. Becky Kavanagh, an experienced placement counselor (with 22 years of nanny experience!) shares some of her thoughts on how parents can stay connected to their child's day.

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Topics: nanny share, nanny employment practices, nanny employee, nanny work agreement, nanny training

When You Need to Let the Nanny Go

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 1/12/12 8:24 AM

If you employ a nanny, chances are strong at some point you will need to let the nanny go. There are myriad reasons a family fires a nanny. The children grow up and your beloved family nanny is no longer needed. Perhaps the nanny has horrible work habits - always late or a frequent 'no show.' Your family and the nanny simply may not 'click.' The nanny who was a wonderful nurturer of your infant does not have the energy to deal with your demanding toddler. Whatever the reason, firing a nanny can be an uncomfortable experience for both family and nanny.

Below are some tips and best practices when letting the nanny go.

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Topics: nanny employment practices, nanny tax compliance, nanny employment termination

3 Top Issues in a Nanny Share

Posted by Kathy Webb on 9/18/11 8:34 AM

We have recently been discussing the increased popularity of nanny sharing - two families hiring one nanny to care for both children. Today we will explore the top three Sticky wickets in a nanny share arrangement.

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Topics: nanny share, nanny employment practices, nanny work agreement

Nanny Sharing Helps Families with Childcare Costs

Posted by Kathy Webb on 9/6/11 8:05 AM

Did you know that a family in DC will spend an average of $18,200 per year on child care? According to the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (NACCRRA) recent study, many families pay more for a year of early child care than they would pay for a year's tuition at a public university!

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Topics: nanny share, nanny employment practices, nanny taxes

Update California AB 889 Domestic Workers' Rights Bill

Posted by Kathy Webb on 7/11/11 9:41 AM

HomeWork Solutions continues to track California's AB 889, coined the "Domestic Workers' Rights Bill" as it travels through the state legislature.

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Topics: nanny employment practices, domestic workers bill of rights, companionship services, companionship exemption

10 Tips: Avoid Common Nanny Payroll and Legal Mistakes

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 6/29/11 8:28 AM

When hiring their nanny, most employers believe that they have recruited the perfect caregiver for their child. Most often, they want be fair in their dealing with their nanny, including in the arena of compensation. However, year after year a small suite of common nanny payroll and legal mistakes become very expensive lessons for these nanny employers.

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Topics: nanny workers compensation insurance, nanny employment practices, calculate nanny payroll tax, domestic employer legal responsibilities, nanny work agreement

Nannies: IRS Mileage Reimbursement Rate Goes Up!

Posted by Kathy Webb on 6/23/11 1:06 PM

Effective July 1, 2011, the IRS standard mileage reimbursement rate will increase to 55.5 cents per mile. The rate for January 1 - June 30 2011 is 51 cents per mile.

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Topics: nanny expense reimbursement, household employee expense reimbursement, nanny employment practices, nanny mileage reimbursement, nanny car allowance

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