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Tips for Working from Home with a Nanny

Working from home can be a challenge on it's own. Distractions and keeping a schedule are difficult enough without a child but a nanny can help. It is a great way to be able to spend more time with your child but a few clear boundaries and tips might help you stay focused, your nanny on track and your child happy! Keep good byes short and sweet and keep to a schedule. Your child will learn when it's time to spend time with mom or dad versus the nanny. As much as you may want to make a quick stop [...]

By |June 12th, 2016|Tips|0 Comments

Federal Wage and Hour Division Enforcement Increases Focus on Employer-Employee Relationship

Nannies who provide in-home care are almost always employees of the families who employ them, yet many families characterize their domestic employees as independent contractors incorrectly, either unknowingly or willfully, in order to avoid social security taxes or overtime pay rules of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Over the last few years, the Wage and Hour Division of the US Department of Labor, the Division charged with enforcement of the FLSA, has increased its investigative focus on independent contractor mis-classification and nontraditional workplace structures, according to David Weil, administrator of the Wage and Hour Division since 2014. Household [...]

By |May 5th, 2016|NannyPay, Tax Reminders, Tips|1 Comment

Minimum Wage Requirements Remain Varies in Absence of Federal Action

The federal minimum hourly wage of $7.25 was last changed in 2009, but some states and cities have established their own wage and benefit requirements in the absence of federal action. The establishment of city and county minimum wage requirements have led some states to try to curtail those local requirements to avoid a patchwork of requirements across the same state. The first $15 statewide hourly minimum wages were signed into law earlier this month by California and New York, but increase the hourly rate gradually over the next few years to $15. Several California cities had already enacted $15 [...]

By |April 26th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

New Employers Should Continue to Use “EXPIRED” Form I-9

The US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) has announced that employers should continue to use the present Form I-9, the Employment Eligibility Verification form, even thought the Budget Office control number on that form shows an expiration date of March 31, 2016. USCIS stated that the old form remains effective until a new form is issued. All employers, including household employers of nannies and other domestic help, must complete a Form I-9 for newly hired employees to verify their identities and their right to work in the U.S.

By |April 22nd, 2016|Tax Reminders, Tips|0 Comments

Family Caregivers and the “Nanny Tax”

If you hire a nanny or elder caregiver to care for your child or aging parent, you probably already know that the law generally considers this person your employee and you will need to withhold and pay the "Nanny Tax" for this person, which more specifically is social security and Medicare employment taxes. Caregivers are typically employees of the individuals for whom they provide services because they work in the homes of the family and the family has the right to tell the caregivers what needs to be done. But what if these services are provided by a family member? [...]

By |April 20th, 2016|Hiring, NannyPay, Tax Reminders|0 Comments

W-2 Household Employer Obligations

IRS Directly Receives Some 21 Million W-2s This Year in Effort to Fight Tax Fraud Household employers should know they are obligated to file Forms W-2 and W-3 concerning wages paid to their nannies with the Social Security Administration, and not with the IRS. Nevertheless, some large payroll providers are participating in a pilot program by which some 21 million employees’ W-2s were provided this year directly to the IRS, in addition to the SSA, in an effort to assist the IRS in detecting tax fraud based upon refunds claimed on false individual income tax returns with improperly obtained or [...]

By |March 16th, 2016|Tax Reminders|0 Comments

When the Nanny Leaves: Paid Time Off

Paid Time Off Reminder Employers are responsible to pay accrued vacation and sick time when a nanny leaves. Vacation pay, holiday and sick time, also known generally as Paid Time Off or PTO, is a common benefit provided by household employers to their nannies and other domestic help. It is important, however, to clarify in writing at the start of the employment relationship how much PTO a nanny gets, how and when it may be used and, most importantly, how PTO is accrued during the year (e.g., all at once or pro rata over the year). Although some states’ labor [...]

By |March 9th, 2016|Tax Reminders|0 Comments

A Scheduling Nightmare Averted

Let's face it we're all busy, in fact most of us are too busy for our own good. When it comes down to it juggling not only a work schedule but family and individual child schedules it is not easy. It should come with a user manual or a how to for working parents with kids in school and after school activities and a nanny. Keeping an accurate, synced and organized calendar is something to shoot for and we want to help. So how do organized families keep it all straight? We turned to the internet for these two answers [...]

By |February 25th, 2016|Tips|0 Comments

Reminder: 2015 Forms W-2

Household employers were required to provide their employees a Form W-2 for wages paid to them in 2015 by February 1st.  If you haven’t already done this yet, you should so so immediately. Paper filers are reminded that Copy A of all your Forms W-2, along with a Form W-3,  by February 29th.  If you miss that deadline for some reason, you can file electronically by March 31st and still not be considered late. This will be the last tax year in which the IRS will offer this “electronic filing extension”.  President Obama recently signed legislation that will require all [...]

By |February 25th, 2016|Tax Reminders|0 Comments

Reminder to Update Your Tax Rates

Reminder to Update Your State Unemployment Tax RatesIf you are using NannyPay to withhold employee unemployment insurance (UI) taxes, or to estimate your liability for employer contributions, be sure to update your rates in NannyPay for 2016. Because these rates vary by state and by employer, these are user-configured settings which you must update yourself to reflect any changes in rates for 2016.

By |December 28th, 2015|NannyPay Updates|0 Comments