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2015: Changes in Senior HomeCare Payroll

Posted by Joe Frisbee on 10/21/14 1:38 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 7/29/14 8:15 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

Every Caregiver Needs an Emergency Contacts Form

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 7/8/14 8:35 AM

Are you a nanny caring for young children or a senior caregiver caring for a frail adult? Do you employ a nanny or senior caregiver? Does this caregiver know how to reach important parties in an emergency? Every caregiver should be provided with an Emergency Contacts list at the start of employment.

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Topics: senior care, nanny, emergency plans, caregiver, nanny tax case study

Senior Care Payroll Services

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 7/1/14 8:38 AM

Quality senior care is a challenge millions of families are facing as our aging family members require increasing amounts of personal care services.

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Topics: elder care, aging in place, senior care, companionship services

Ignorance is Bliss… No, Not Really! (A common senior care scenario)

Posted by Mary Crowe, FPC on 6/3/14 8:25 AM

We took a difficult call recently from an adult daughter of an elderly couple who employed two senior caregivers. The Smiths live in New York

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Topics: eldercare, aging parents, senior care, payroll tax enforcement, nanny background screening

Household Payroll and the Sandwich Generation

Posted by Mary Crowe, FPC on 4/24/14 4:39 PM

According to Merriam-Webster, "The Sandwich Generation" is defined as a generation of people who are caring for their aging parents while supporting their own children. I define The Sandwich Generation as 90% of my friends. The Sandwich Generation has very full plates between being successful professionals by day and stressed out parent and adult daughter/son by night.  Trying to keep all the balls in the air is challenging and can be draining.

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Topics: aging parents, senior care, hiring care for seniors

Elder Care FAQ: Employee Status and Tax Obligations

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 4/6/14 7:34 AM

Usually around this time of year we start getting worried phone calls from families confused by the household employee taxes or the "nanny taxes." We pulled together some more of the frequently asked questions our tax experts are getting in time for April 15th. 

Q. My domestic (elder caregiver, housekeeper, nanny) wants to be treated as a "contractor." Can I do that?

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Topics: elder care, eldercare, household employee taxes, senior care, 1099 v w-2, senior home-care workers

Planning Your Parents' Future: Advice For Adult Children on Eldercare

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 3/28/14 9:30 AM

Let’s face it: sitting your aging parents down to talk about their finances is about as comfortable as talking to them about sex (eons ago, they probably felt the same way you do right now!) But just as it was back then, the conversation- though difficult- is imperative to your future decision making.

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Topics: elder care, aging in place, eldercare, senior care, hiring care for seniors, senior home care

Elder Caregivers - The Unsung Heroes

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 3/10/14 7:30 AM

Recently,  Dr. Judith L. London published a book of 54 stories detailing the challenging and sometimes heroic lives of caregivers of Alzheimer's sufferers. And it's no wonder Dr. London found it compelling to collect a these stories in one place:  in a study conducted by Stanford University and the Alzheimer's Association, more than 15 million people provide unpaid care for family members,  or even friends, who suffer from the disease.

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Topics: elder care, Alzheimer's, senior care

Helping your Senior Organize Household Payroll Records

Posted by Kathleen Webb on 1/23/14 7:43 AM

There are more than 2 million senior caregivers working in private homes to help our aging loved ones to 'age in place.' These caregivers are employees. They are either employed by the home health agency who hires, schedules and pays the senior caregiver, OR they are the employee of the senior or their family who pay the caregiver directly.

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Topics: elder care, payroll, senior care

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