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  • 2015 Household Employment Update from HWS

    Payroll changes often happen at the beginning of the calendar year, and nanny tax related changes are no different. The HomeWork Solutions household employment experts have assembled a short overview of changes a nanny employer, employer of a senior caregiver, or any household employer needs to know.

  • Hotline Set Up in New York to Help Nannies and Housekeepers File for Unpaid Overtime

    Efforts by workers’ rights groups to educate about New York’s Domestic Workers Bill of Rights have resulted in a big uptick in unpaid overtime claims filed against household employers. Advocacy groups are actively canvassing New York City neighborhoods – in playgrounds and grocery stores and other places where nannies and other household employees are likely… Read more »

  • Nanny Independent Contractor? or Employee?

    A recurring question to our client support staff concerns whether a family can treat their nanny (or other household staff) as an independent contractor, provide the nanny a 1099 Form instead of a W-2, and avoid the entire issue of payroll taxes. If you answer YES to all of the following questions, the nanny or… Read more »

  • 7 Rules When Hiring Senior Home Care

    1. Job Description and Household Rules Your first step is to do a needs assessment. The more specifically you can identify your senior’s needs – physical, medical and emotional – the better equipped you will be to define a job description for an in-home senior care professional. Household rules are also important to consider. Do… Read more »

  • G-5 Employee Workers’ Compensation Insurance

    Workers’ Compensation is insurance protection mandated under state law for a worker and his or her dependents against injury and death occurring in the course of employment. It is not health insurance, and it is not intended to compensate for a disability other than disability caused by injury arising out of employment. If your employee,… Read more »

  • Senior Care and Nanny Misclassification Enforcement Steps Up

    The US Department of Labor’s Administrator of the Wage and Hour Division, David Weil, clearly stated on July 15, 2015 that most workers are considered employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act, as he issued new guidelines aimed at limiting the misclassification of workers as independent contractors.

  • Is health (medical) insurance for my nanny or senior caregiver taxable?

    Many employers understand that key benefits such as employer paid health insurance is an important employee recruitment and retention tool.   If you only have one household employee, you may reimburse health insurance premiums obtained in the individual marketplace on a tax free basis. If you employ 2 or more household employees, reimbursements for individual… Read more »

  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Overtime Rules and Domestic Employment

    Overtime rules and domestic employment is often misunderstood by the household employer. The temptation is to either agree to a weekly “salary”, agree to “average hourly rate” (pay $15 an hour for 45 hours for example) and or to average weeks (pay bi-weekly and average the two weeks hours to avoid overtime in uneven work… Read more »

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