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  • Nanny Question: What do I do – I didn’t get a W-2?

    Every spring we receive inquiries from nannies who didn’t get a W-2 from their employer. This is almost always when the nanny is no longer employed by the family. The following are some tips and steps to take. Form W-2 is due January 31. The IRS specifically asks that you allow the employer until February… 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 »

  • Ten Tips: Be an All-Star Nanny and Keep Your Job!

    You found a nanny job that fits you to a T. How do you keep it? How do you become the nanny that every parent finds indispensable? Be on time! Your employer is counting on you. NO fibbing. Call as soon as you know that you are running late, or will not be able to… Read more »

  • What payroll taxes does my nanny (housekeeper, maid) pay?

    Nanny payroll taxes, what are they?  First it is important to understand the so called "nanny taxes" apply to ALL household employees, not just nannies. Your household employee (nanny, housekeeper, senior caregiver, etc.) contributes to or pays: Social Security & Medicare Taxes (via payroll deduction) Employee Disability/Unemployment Taxes where required. Federal/State Income Taxes The employer... 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.

  • Payroll Tax Enforcement Efforts Accelerate

    The trend towards stepped up enforcement is pervasive. The California hotline targets businesses and household employers and workers. (Last week I reported that a new hotline was set up in New York specifically to educate in-home workers about their rights, and to assist workers in filing complaints against employers.)

  • Caregiver or Nanny Pay Stubs: Are they required?

    Did you know that 39 states have now passed laws requiring employers to provide itemized pay stubs to their employees? Why all the attention to nanny pay stubs? There has been a slew of legislation at the state level in the last decade focused on “Wage Theft Prevention” – essentially employers either not paying for all hours... Read more »
  • 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 »

  • Why is my nanny an hourly employee? I want to pay her a salary and not worry about tracking hours each week.

    Nannies and other ‘domestic service employees’ are classified under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) as non-exempt workers. The term non-exempt employee refers to a worker who IS subject to the terms of the FLSA regarding such issues as overtime compensation and minimum wage coverage, contemporaneous time tracking record keeping, as well as how frequently… Read more »

  • Do I need to pay my housekeeper or nanny overtime? What about nanny minimum wage?

    The simple answer is yes. Domestic employees, including nannies, housekeepers and senior caregivers, have been covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) since 1974. The FLSA establishes: The rules for workers who may be salaried and who must be paid overtime. The rules for workers who must be paid no less than minimum wage…. Read more »

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