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Household Employee Overtime Compensation: When the Schedule Changes

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Aug 20, 2019 4:02:00 PM

Planning a vacation requires putting together a variety of different details: hotels, rental cars, airline tickets, and more. But if you have a loved one that requires caregiving assistance and you will be gone for an extended time and will not be able to check in in-person from day to day, you will also need to plan on getting coverage in your absence. This might mean that the caregiver will be required to step in and be available for 24 hours shifts. Not sure how to calculate for overtime when your caregiver is working those long shifts? We can help.

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Topics: agency, senior, CPA

4 Common Mistakes When Outsourcing Payroll/HR

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Aug 15, 2019 10:00:00 AM

For household employers all the way up to midsize businesses, regulatory changes and administrative tasks can be an uphill battle. If you don’t have the staff to devote to these matters then it makes sense to outsource. The trick then is to do it right. This article touches on a few things to watch out for in the process of selecting a vendor/partner.

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Topics: nanny, agency, senior, CPA

NEW! Income Tax Estimator Tool from the IRS

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Aug 13, 2019 4:00:00 PM

The changes to US Federal tax laws in 2018 created a lot of confusion, and many taxpayers did not realize that they were withholding too much tax or not enough tax until they prepared their 2018 tax returns this spring. Figuring out how much to have deducted from your paycheck has gotten more and more complicated over the years - in fact the Form W-4 will be modified in 2020 and it asks more questions than ever.

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Topics: nanny, agency, senior, CPA

Case Study: I paid my nanny half on and half off the books and now...

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Aug 6, 2019 4:08:00 PM

Our client, Michelle W. called us when she learned there was a problem caused by only reporting part of her nanny's payroll to New York for tax purposes.

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Topics: nanny, agency, senior, CPA

What Goes into a Proper Nanny Pay Stub?

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Jul 30, 2019 3:55:00 PM

You’ve found a nanny, negotiated wages, and she has started work in your home. Now comes the tricky part of figuring out her payroll tax deductions and issuing the pay stub. If you have never done this before, it can be challenging. Here are some of the main details that need to be remembered when it comes time to pay your nanny.  

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Topics: nanny, agency, senior, CPA

National Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights: What does it mean?

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Jul 24, 2019 11:20:56 AM

The U.S. Congress has once again brought up the idea of a national domestic workers’ bill of rights. The concept was briefly discussed in the fall of 2018 but has been renewed with additional enthusiasm. Basically, a national domestic workers’ bill of rights would lay out federal law concerning the treatment and rights of domestic workers (nannies, caregivers, housekeepers, etc.). A similar idea to the Fair Labor Standards Act, this law would focus specifically on domestic workers.

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Topics: nanny, agency, senior, CPA

What is the Difference Between a CPA and a Household Payroll Specialist?

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Jul 23, 2019 3:56:00 PM

Sometimes managing money and paying taxes can get confusing. That’s why bringing in a professional to help answer questions and take care of the details is important. We recently had a nanny call and ask us what the difference was between a CPA (Certified Public Accountant) and a Household Payroll Specialist.  Here, we will go over some of the primary differences.

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Topics: nanny, agency, senior

Letting Your Caregiver Go

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Jul 16, 2019 3:49:00 PM

Hiring the right caregiver for your loved one is a personal, delicate process and even when you think you’ve found the right person, there are a lot of different reasons why it might not work out in the long run. Whether it’s simply not the right match, rules have been violated, or schedules are not aligning properly to make the job work, making the decision to take action and fire a caregiver usually isn’t an easy one. Here are some tips on letting your caregiver go.

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Topics: nanny, agency, senior, CPA

Another Reason a Nanny or Senior Care Take Home Pay Agreement is a Bad Idea – a Case Study

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Jul 9, 2019 3:53:00 PM

Background

A client in Texas , Jane,  hired a home care worker to help her mother around the house, an important hire to help her mom live safely and independently at home. Jane’s mother lives alone and has recently had to give up her driver’s license due to health issues. She needs someone to help her get out to meet her friends, get to doctor appointments and help with groceries and errands. She also has some housekeeping areas she can no longer safely do herself.

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Topics: nanny, agency, senior, CPA

How Holiday Pay Impacts Nanny or Senior Care Overtime

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Jul 2, 2019 3:18:00 PM

Many, many nannies and senior caregivers have a routine work week that exceeds 40 hours a week. Presuming that the employment situation is long term, most families agree to specific paid holidays. Exactly how does a paid holiday impact the weekly overtime calculation?

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Topics: nanny, agency, senior, CPA

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