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Household Employees and Paid Sick Leave Laws

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Feb 20, 2018 3:11:00 PM

At the Federal level, private employers are not required to offer sick leave - whether paid or unpaid - to their employees. Most household employers voluntarily offer some paid time off to their nanny, senior caregiver or housekeeper in their work agreement. 

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Topics: senior care, nanny, agency, CPA

New York Paid Family Leave Act for Nannies

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Nov 22, 2017 3:42:00 PM

New York's comprehensive Paid Family Leave Act becomes effective January 1, 2018.

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Topics: senior care, nanny, agency, CPA

A Guide to Aging in Place [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Jun 14, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Most seniors prefer to age in place, in the comfort of their own homes, instead of moving to a care facility. Follow this guide as you plan for yourself (or a loved one) to continue living at home through the golden years.

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Topics: senior care, caregiver, senior

Six Tips To Protect Your Aging Relative In Assisted Living

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on May 24, 2016 6:30:00 AM

As your aging relative requires more care, it may be prudent to seek additional services to better serve their needs. Many adult children fear placing their loved one in a supportive living facility will result in abuse, neglect or medical malpractice. “Too often families don't have the information they need to protect their loved ones residing in assisted living facilities," said Jullie Gray, President of the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers.

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Topics: elder care, eldercare, assisted living, geriatric care manager, senior care, senior

Elder Care: When is it Time to Find Help?

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Apr 12, 2016 9:00:00 AM

When you notice that an elderly loved one has become less self-reliant, you may start to wonder if they need help. When your dad stops shaving or your mother continues to let the mail pile up, you may offer to help out with household duties. However, as your loved ones continue to forget or simply aren’t mobile enough to do things they used to, it can put a lot of strain on your daily life.

But, you don’t have to care for your loved ones by yourself: It’s okay to ask for help. This doesn’t necessarily mean sending them to a nursing home, but it can mean hiring someone to help in running errands, doing the dishes, paying the bills, and performing other tasks that you may not have the time or capacity to help with. Here are five signs it’s time to find professional help for your elderly loved ones.

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Topics: elder care, senior care

Payment Solutions for Mom's Senior Caregiver

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Mar 15, 2016 7:00:00 AM


Organizing senior care at home for your mother can be an overwhelming process that is emotional and frought with a lot of big decisions. Once you have done your research and you’ve helped your mother privately hire a caregiver, you’ll have to figure out proper payment solutions for your mom’s caregiver. Not only are there weekly  pay checks to coordinate, but there are also a variety of payroll taxes that need to be calculated and factored in. If this is your first time figuring it all out, it can be incredibly complicated and you may not know where to begin.

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Topics: senior care

How Do You Manage Trustee Risks with Private Caregivers?

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Jan 19, 2016 7:00:00 AM

As a trustee, do you manage or issue payroll to a beneficiary’s caregiver? This type of employment situation requires that you understand and recognize the importance of legal and tax obligations that this brings to the trust as well as you as the individual trustee. If you’re the trustee, you’re automatically held to a high standard of performance and you could be held accountable for any actions that cause risk to a beneficiary. This means you may even be financially responsible for any negative consequences. So how can you best manage trustee risks when hiring private caregivers? Here are some critical issues that you’ll need to remember when it is hiring time.

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Topics: senior care

Elder Care After ObamaCare

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Dec 22, 2015 7:00:00 AM

Elder_Care_After_Obamacare.pngIn one of the most polarizing decisions in recent history, the Patient Protection and the Affordable Care Act, or ObamaCare, was passed by Congress in March of 2010. This legislation was enacted to give more Americans access to affordable, quality health insurance and to reduce the growth in health care spending in the United States.

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Topics: elder care, assisted living, medicare, obamacare, senior care

2015: Changes in Senior HomeCare Payroll

Posted by Joe Frisbee on Oct 21, 2014 1:38:00 PM

Department of Labor Discusses Joint Employment, Changes in the Senior Caregiver Companionship Exemption and Announces Increased Enforcement

The Private Care Association, the voice of private duty home care, met in earlier this month in Orlando, FL and invited the US Department of Labor to discuss Joint Employment and Changes in the Companionship Exemption with its members. A guest appearance was made by Michael Hancock, Assistant Administrator for Policy, Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor and Melissa Murphy, Senior Attorney, Office of the Solicitor U.S. Department of Labor.  Mr. Hancock and Ms. Murphy addressed an anxious crowd of almost 200 independent homecare staffing agencies to discus joint employment, the expiration of the Companionship Exemption for home health agencies and stepped up enforcement by the DOL in 2015 related to the enforcement of the Fair Labor and Standards Act (FLSA).

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Topics: elder care, aging in place, senior care, nanny background screening

Senior Care: Can't I Pay Mom's Helper as an Independent Contractor?

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Jul 29, 2014 8:15:00 AM

I spoke to a prospective client today on the phone. She just hired a senior caregiver - a woman she calls "Mom's helper" - to come in daily to assist her mother around the house. Her mother has had a series of falls recently, none serious, and needs basic help and companionship at home during the day while her daughter is working. As a sandwich generation daughter of a mother with similar issues with aging, I completely understood why she took this step and the challenges she faces trying to balance her Mom's needs and her own professional and economic needs.

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Topics: aging in place, household employer, senior care, Hiring Elder care, nanny tax case study

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