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Factors to Consider When Hiring a Household Employee

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 6/15/21 10:45 AM

Life is busy, and sometimes hiring household employees to help around the house is a necessity. If you are considering hiring a nanny, house cleaners, senior caregiver, personal chef, or some other type of experienced domestic employee, there are a few things to keep in mind. 

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Topics: housekeeper, nanny agency, hiring a nanny, nanny payroll, caregiver background screening, caregiver, senior home caregiver, domestic worker, agency, what to expect

Reference Checks & Background Screening: Should You Do Both?

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 5/4/21 9:30 AM

If you plan on hiring an employee to work in your home, it’s essential to know who you’re hiring. Background and reference checks can give you confidence that their criminal and personal history are free and clear of anything alarming. Our HomeWork Solutions experts have worked with thousands of clients over the years, and we recommend reference checks and background screenings for anyone regularly working inside your home. 

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Topics: caregiver, nanny reference check, senior home caregiver, outsource nanny payroll, domestic worker, agency, what to expect, employment compliance

Should I Outsource My Household Employee's Payroll?

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 4/20/21 10:00 AM

At HomeWork Solutions, we understand household payroll and tax preparation can be complicated. With tax laws changing regularly, it can be challenging to stay up to date on everything. Outsourcing will save you time and the headache of researching what has changed and what hasn't. You won't need to worry about making a mistake with deductions, either. Your household payroll specialist is skilled in each part of the process, navigating everything for you—the result: payroll and tax preparations are seamless.  

If you've recently hired a household employee like a nanny or senior caregiver, and you don't have the time to manage payroll and tax deductions for your household employee, consider outsourcing the work to a qualified payroll and tax provider like HomeWork Solutions. That way, you and your employee are compliant, and you can rest easy knowing all the details are handled.

If you needed more of an incentive to start paying your household employees on the books, The American Rescue Plan Act is now in place for additional financial help, providing families with even more tax credits. It's never been easier to do the right thing and pay your employee's taxes accurately and on time. 

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Topics: household employee, nanny payroll tax, nanny tax compliance, caregiver, senior home caregiver, outsource nanny payroll, agency

Did You Know the ‘Nanny Tax’ Isn’t Just for Nannies?

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 3/2/21 1:04 PM

Have you heard of the “Nanny Tax?” Not sure it applies to your household employment situation? Even if you don’t have a nanny working in your home, the Nanny Tax might apply to you. Housekeepers, gardeners, house or pet sitters, or any other regular household employee who works at your direction could make you eligible for state and federal tax requirements.

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Topics: household payroll literacy, home health workers, nanny payroll tax, caregiver, senior home caregiver, domestic worker, private educator

In-Home Care or Assisted Living: Which One is Right for Your Loved One?

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 2/16/21 12:15 PM

Seeing your parents age is never an easy process. Mobility and independence may start to decrease and decisions on who will help take care of them will need to be made. Assisted living and in-home care are two of the main possibilities, and many times in-home care is the most desirable choice. There may be cost advantages, and you can get the personalized attention your parents may need in a location that keeps them comfortable.

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Topics: assisted living, hiring care for seniors, senior home caregiver, senior

Mom Needs Assistance at Home: How Hiring a Senior Caregiver Can Help

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 12/8/20 10:00 AM

Mom is struggling to remember to take her medications on time. She is having difficulty cooking and you are noticing a decline in hygiene. Maybe she is a bit wobbly on her feet as she continues to age, putting her at greater risk for a fall. These things can be part of the aging process, but it is difficult to watch. When you want what is best for your aging parent, what do you do? In-home senior care is the answer for many families around the country. This allows your elderly loved ones to live in their own home, on their own terms. Here are some reasons why hiring a senior caregiver can help.

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Topics: eldercare, home health workers, senior care, caregiver, senior home care, senior home caregiver, senior caregiver employment practices

Benefits of Hiring an Adult Caregiver

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 10/29/20 4:40 PM

As your loved one starts to age, it is important to determine what type of care for them is best. Nursing homes or assisted living centers are not meant for everyone. Many seniors and their families want to be in the comfort of their own homes if possible. Getting dressed, managing medications, cooking, and cleaning the home can get harder and harder and for scenarios like this, hiring an in-home caregiver is a great option. If you are considering finding an adult caregiver to work in your loved one’s home, here are some benefits.

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Topics: senior caregivers, aging in place, eldercare, caregiver, Hiring Elder care, senior home care, senior home caregiver, agency, COVID-19

Senior Home-Care Worker Payroll in Transition

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 8/28/15 4:44 PM

Agency Senior Home-Care Workers About to Become More Expensive

The Obama Department of Labor has been working for the last four years to include senior home-care workers employed by third parties under the Fair Labor Standards Act's minimum wage and overtime provisions. There was also a parallel effort to redefine the services a bona fide senior companion caregiver could provide to align with the Congress' intent of the 1974 expansion of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

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Topics: companionship services, companionship exemption, senior home care, senior home caregiver, senior home-care workers

The Worst Advice We've Ever Heard About Senior Home Caregiver Payroll

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 2/5/15 1:30 PM

It's been called the Silver Tsunami - America's 65+ demographic, which currently accounts for 13 percent of the overall population, is expected account for more than 20 percent by 2050  according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Three quarters of that population strong prefers and expects to age in place, remaining in their homes and communities as long as possible. Many families turn to senior home caregivers to help their loved ones remain independent in a safe environment, especially when non-medical support is called for.

Once the caregiver is hired, questions remain about how to handle the senior caregiver's payroll. Families turn to senior home care referral agencies, accountants and geriatric care managers for guidance. HWS has heard some remarkably bad advice on senior caregiver payroll, advice that when followed often comes back to haunt the senior or their family members.

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Topics: worker misclassification, worker misclassification independent contractor, senior home caregiver, senior home-care workers

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