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  • U.S. Department of State Regulations: A-3 and G-5 Domestic Servant

    The U.S. Department of State allows aliens who are diplomats, staff of certain international organizations (often referred to as NGOs or Non-Governmental Organizations), and NATO staff to bring into the United States their servants, personal attendants and other domestics provided certain conditions are met. The US Department of State’s Foreign Aid Manual (9 FAM §41.21,… Read more »

  • 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 »

  • I have a housekeeper working in my home. What taxes do I need to pay?

    In general, the Internal Revenue Service requires payroll tax filings by a domestic employer (household employer) who pays a housekeeper or other household employee more than $2,300 cash wages (2021) in a calendar year*. These payroll taxes are collectively referred to as “nanny taxes”, although as a practical matter these employment taxes are applied to… Read more »

  • Is my nanny an “Independent Contractor?” Can I do that?

    Is my nanny an independent contractor? Can I give my nanny or senior caregiver a 1099  and let her file her own taxes? Most Workers are Employees! 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... Read more »
  • Nanny Tax Compliance: Why a Nanny Wants to be Paid Legally

    In the “nanny world,” the temptation to accept a job that pays CASH (off the books, no payroll or income tax reporting) is faced by every nanny. After all, who LIKES to pay taxes? Professional nannies, however, understand nanny tax compliance and know that being paid legally is ultimately in their own best interest. Continue… Read more »

  • U.S. Department of State Regulations: B-1 Domestic Servants

    The U.S. Department of State allows certain non-immigrant aliens and US citizens to bring into the United States their servants, personal attendants and other domestics provided certain conditions are met. The B-1 domestic worker visa allows currently employed (no less than 6 months) domestic employees to accompany their employers who are moving temporarily to the… Read more »

  • 7 Rules When Hiring Senior Home Care

    When hiring senior home care you must approach this methodically and not skip important steps. 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 senior home… Read more »

  • Emergency Nanny Income During a Pandemic (Old – Redirected)

    17 March 2020 Summary Over the last several days, attempts to contain and slow the spread of the novel coronavirus are severely disrupting everyday life in the USA. Worries are running the gamut from, “Where can I find toilet paper?” to “I can’t work, I’m not being paid, how can I pay for toilet paper?”… 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 »
  • 4 Common Errors: The Nanny or Senior Caregiver Compensation Offer

    You have a new baby in the house, you are not sleeping well, and you need to line up a great nanny before you return to work. Or mom is declining and you have to hire a senior caregiver to stay with her while you are working because she just is not safe alone any… Read more »

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