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How Paid Holidays Can Impact Overtime Pay

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 5/14/24 12:46 PM

Good communication that establishes a mutual understanding is necessary when hiring a nanny, senior caregiver, or other household employee to work in your home. When it comes to defining benefits such as paid holidays, the details matter to ensure there is no misunderstanding about how these holidays will be compensated. If the employee often works more than 40 hours per week, defining this benefit and clarifying expectations becomes even more critical. Let’s examine how labor laws determine when overtime is due and how guaranteed pay alters the picture.

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Topics: overtime rules, household employee, household employer, hiring a nanny, time tracking, nanny hourly wage, domestic employer legal responsibilities, nanny overtime, Hiring Elder care, Senior Caregiver Payroll

Do I Have to Pay My Nanny, Senior Caregiver, or Other Household Employee Overtime?

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 12/12/23 11:29 AM

The short answer is yes. Domestic employees, such as nannies, household assistants, and elder care providers are hourly employees under the law, and therefore must be paid overtime. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) provides the framework to determine weekly overtime requirements for household workers. Some states also have laws requiring daily overtime. It is important to understand all applicable rules to determine when overtime pay is due.

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Topics: eldercare, caregiver payroll, nanny agency, senior care, nanny employment practices, nanny, nanny tax, nanny overtime, household payroll, Senior Caregiver Payroll, agency, senior, CPA

FLSA - Compensation Rules Live-In vs. Live-Out Caregivers

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 12/6/23 11:11 AM

Whether you are hiring a nanny, a caregiver for an elderly family member, or any other domestic worker, understanding the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) live-in and live-out designations, is crucial. These federal guidelines ensure fair treatment and compensation for domestic workers, based on the residential status required of their position.

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Topics: nanny agency, senior care, nanny, Senior Caregiver Payroll, agency, senior, CPA

Understanding FLSA Hours Worked for Domestic Workers

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 12/5/23 9:25 AM

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is a federal law designed to protect the rights and well-being of workers in the United States, including those working in private households. It is important to understand how the FLSA applies to domestic workers and the concept of "hours worked" to ensure a fair and legal working environment. Keep in mind, while these federal requirements apply in all areas, states and localities also have laws regarding hours worked and compensation.

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Topics: FLSA, nanny agency, nanny, caregiver, Senior Caregiver Payroll, domestic worker, agency

Understanding FLSA Exempt Tests: Why Household Employees Are Almost Exclusively Non-Exempt Workers

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 11/7/23 10:45 AM

If you are considering hiring a nanny, senior caregiver, or other household employee, and are unsure if your new hire should be paid hourly or salaried, you're not alone. Many families are confused by the rules and guidelines that govern their employment arrangements with domestic employees. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) provides guidance and explains why nannies and most other household employees are considered "Non-Exempt workers under federal law and must be eligible for overtime pay.

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Topics: nanny agency, senior care, nanny, Senior Caregiver Payroll, agency, senior, CPA

A Case Study About Take Home Pay

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 3/28/23 11:15 AM

Adele’s elderly mother expressed her desire to stay in her home independently rather than move into assisted living.  Adele did her research to find a qualified and compassionate caregiver to assist. After recently giving up her driver’s license due to health complications, it was critical for Adele’s mother to have a caregiver who would help with with transportation to and from medical appointments, meetings with friends,  and provide assistance with grocery shopping.

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Topics: senior care, nanny, Senior Caregiver Payroll, agency, senior, CPA

Pre-Tax Student Loan Repayment

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 5/24/22 11:40 AM

One in eight individuals in the US carries student loan debt. This burden can feel overwhelming, as is often the case for care workers whose wages have not grown at the same rate as those for whom they work. Luckily there is a relatively new program offering relief.

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Topics: maid, nanny retention, nanny, caregiver, Senior Caregiver Payroll, agency, senior, CPA

Total Compensation (Updated for 2022)

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 5/19/22 4:00 PM

As families plan childcare arrangements for summer break we want to revist one of our most popular blog posts.  When budgeting and crafting a compensation plan to offer your employee, be sure to consider the items below so you don't miss out on tax breaks!

 

Let’s face it- no one enjoys paying taxes. As a household employer, you set a budget for employment costs and seek out the most highly qualified employee within that budget. Don’t be surprised by employment taxes, and don’t neglect an opportunity to minimize them by including forms of non-taxable compensation and benefits in an employment offer. By thinking beyond gross pay to total compensation, you can increase employee take-home pay and make a more attractive offer to your ideal candidate.

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Topics: maid, nanny retention, nanny, caregiver, Senior Caregiver Payroll, agency, senior, CPA

Total Compensation (Updated for 2022)

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 10/5/21 11:00 AM

Let’s face it- no one enjoys paying taxes. As a household employer, you set a budget for employment costs and seek out the most highly qualified employee within that budget. Don’t be surprised by employment taxes, and don’t neglect an opportunity to minimize them by including forms of non-taxable compensation and benefits in an employment offer. By thinking beyond gross pay to total compensation, you can increase employee take-home pay and make a more attractive offer to your ideal candidate.

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Topics: maid, nanny retention, nanny, caregiver, Senior Caregiver Payroll, agency, senior, CPA

The Importance of Background Screening

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 9/30/21 5:47 PM

One of the most important aspects of hiring a household employee is determining if they have any criminal history.  While some minor offenses might not be a deal breaker, it’s important to have a full picture of who your candidates are so you can hire the right person for your family. Armed with a complete background check and employment verification, you can get your questions answered and make your hiring decision.

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Topics: maid, nanny retention, nanny, caregiver, Senior Caregiver Payroll, senior

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