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Hire for Character, Train for Specific Knowledge

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Feb 12, 2019 4:02:00 PM

Hiring someone to work one-on-one with your loved one is a very important decision that requires research and dedication. There are many caregivers out there looking for work, but which one is right for you? You may feel overwhelmed at that options, but what it really comes down to is, which person best connects with you and your family? Experience is key, but good character is what really matters.

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Topics: senior, nanny, agency

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, CPA, senior

Managing v micro-managing your dad’s caregiver

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Jan 29, 2019 10:25:00 AM

Hiring a caregiver is a very personal decision and there is a lot of different information and emotion involved. Because of that, you’ve likely spent a significant amount of time interviewing caregiver candidates to find the “right” fit. Once you have found the right person to hire to help provide care for your dad, now comes the hard work of establishing job descriptions, building solid communication, and managing the person without interfering too much. Micromanagement never yields the results you want, yet it is easy for people to get into this routine. It instead leads to higher turnover and caregivers that are demoralized and unenthusiastic about their work.

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Topics: senior

Interviewing a caregiver - Questions you might not want to ask...

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Jan 22, 2019 3:56:00 PM

You are going to hire a nanny or senior caregiver soon. You know that interviewing can be tricky, and don't want to make a mistake in this important activity. Before you begin advertising, narrowing down your candidates and starting the interview process, it is important to do some research on what proper protocol is for what questions you can ask and what is taboo.

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Topics: nanny, senior

Resolve to Outsource Household Payroll this Year!

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Jan 15, 2019 4:00:00 PM

Is your to-do list getting longer and longer and does it seem like your demands from day to day just never end? We get it. Sometimes there simply isn’t enough time to keep on top of everything.

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Topics: nanny, senior, CPA, agency

Case Study: We paid the caregiver cash, now she wants a W-2!

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Jan 8, 2019 3:56:00 PM

Our client Nancy M. came to us with an issue regarding prior cash payments to her mother's caregiver and filing proper tax paperwork.

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Topics: senior, nanny, CPA

2018 Household Employment Year End Roundup

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Dec 18, 2018 3:50:00 PM

Every year HomeWork Solutions prepares a "what's new or changed" roundup of household employment tax and benefit information.

HOUSEHOLD EMPLOYEE 2019 WAGE BASE:

The IRS annually reviews, and adjusts as necessary, the wage payment threshold that obligates a family to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes and issue employees W-2 forms. This threshold remains at $2100 of wages in a year for 2019.

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Topics: CPA, agency, nanny, senior

Can a Weekly Housekeeper Change My Life?

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Dec 4, 2018 3:50:00 PM

The laundry is piling up, the dust bunnies are accumulating around the house, you have 2 soccer games to be at this weekend with your kids, and all you can think about is the mound of dishes in the sink that needs to be tackled. Life gets busy and sometimes it is so busy that we just don’t have the time to do what we need to do to keep on top of housecleaning.

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Topics: nanny, senior, agency

Senior Caregiver Couple's Overtime Claim Advances in Court

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Nov 15, 2018 10:00:00 AM

A federal district court ruled October 15, 2018 that a senior caregiver couple's unpaid overtime claim against the estate of their deceased employer may proceed.

In the case of    Stalnaker v. Estate of Beall, the married senior caregiving couple alleges  that they were not paid overtime wages due them in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act and West Virginia labor laws.
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Topics: senior, CPA, agency

How to Reduce the Tax Risk of Using Independent Contractors

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Nov 1, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Classifying a worker as an independent contractor frees a business or family from payroll tax liability and allows it to forgo providing overtime pay, unemployment compensation and other employee benefits. It also frees the business from responsibility for withholding income taxes and the worker’s share of payroll taxes – household employers can legally omit withholding even for an employee.

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Topics: CPA, agency, nanny, senior

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