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  • Nanny Transportation Allowance

    Many families find that paying for their nanny’s or senior caregiver’s public transportation pass is a great tax free benefit. Because this is non-taxable, you can provide this nanny transportation allowance without having to pay FICA or unemployment taxes on the value! For 2020, an employer may reimburse the nanny or senior caregiver for mass/public… Read more »

  • Senior Companions Minimum Wage Rules by State

    What are the minimum wage rules by state for senior companion caregivers? Employment law, wage and hour law, and payroll tax requirements for privately employed senior caregivers are governed by a complex assortment of Federal and state rules and legislation. The scope of duties is used on the Federal level to distinguish companionship care -... Read more »
  • Senior Independence – Why Hire a Geriatric Care Manager?

    The Geriatric Care Manager (GCM) is a care coordinator, educated and experienced in any of several fields related to senior care management, including, but not limited to nursing, gerontology, social work, or psychology, with a specialized focus on issues related to aging and elder care. The GCM will help the family plan and coordinate care… 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 »
  • Do I need a release from the individual to get a nanny background screening report?

    Is a release necessary for a background screening report? YES! The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) requires that a potential employer obtain a signed release from a candidate prior to ordering the background screening report. You must agree that you understand and are adhering to this law when you submit your order. We advise that you... Read more »
  • Using Civil Courts Record Searches As Part of a Pre-Employment Screening Program?

    Civil suits for pre-employment screening purposes are filed when a plaintiff believes they are due restitution or compensation for a wrong done by a defendant. Civil searches are conducted at the upper level court in each jurisdiction requested. Although a civil court records search will cover lawsuits filed for damages, bankruptcy, personal injury etc. where… Read more »

  • 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 »
  • What Does the Application Form Mean by Known Aliases?

    What does the application form mean by known aliases? Why do hyphenated last names incur additional costs? How do I order searches for candidates with hyphenated last names? An alias name or AKA (also known as) is any name that has been used by the candidate in the past. Life events such as marriage and… Read more »

  • Are records available for convictions prior to the age of 18?

    Are records available for juvenile convictions prior to age 18? Unless the individual was tried and convicted as an adult, records of convictions prior to  age 18 are unavailable when ordering a background check. Juvenile records are generally not open to the public.  Job applicants are not required to tell potential employers about these crimes

  • How are the nanny’s (employee’s) payroll taxes paid?

    Whether your nanny works full-time, part-time or lives with your family, the odds are likely that in the eyes of federal and state governments, they are an employee of your household. That means that you, as the nanny's employer, need to make sure that you're following state, federal and local tax requirements, both when you... Read more »
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