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  • A Great Option for Nanny Health Insurance Coverage

    More and more we’re seeing nannies asking about how to get health insurance built into their compensation packages; we’re seeing many more employers asking how they can help too. That’s great! Just how to go about doing it is where things get confusing. Let’s consider the question: what’s a good option for nanny health insurance… Read more »

  • My Job Ended, Now What?

    Your relationship with your nanny family is strained and when they come home on Friday they tell you they no longer need your services. Things are going well, but your nanny family gives you two weeks’ notice that they have decided to put their 4 yr old into preschool. You can’t help but think to… Read more »

  • 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 »

  • I’m Working a Nanny Share Job, Does Having Two Bosses Change Anything with My Payroll and Taxes?

    Does having a nanny share job change my payroll and taxes? When you work in a nanny share arrangement with two families, both families become employers. Presuming that each pay you for the work performed for their individual family, each employer is responsible for withholding nanny share payroll taxes and the periodic remittances of payroll taxes…. 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 all-star nanny that every parent finds indispensable? We have 10 nanny tips to help you understand how to be a good nanny. Also, if this is your first nanny/babysitter job, we have additional nanny advice… 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.)

  • Is it legal for a nanny to be employed by a family office?

    What is a family office? The first step to understanding the difference between being employed by a family and family office employment is to understand the purpose of a family office. A family office may be an advisory firm that focuses on private wealth management or a separate legal entity that has been created to manage often… Read more »

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

    Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime rules and domestic employment are 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… Read more »

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