Hiring

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Interview Questions for Hiring a Nanny

As you search for a nanny that’s the right fit for your family, it’s important to have a solid set of interview questions on hand. These questions can help you learn more information about the individuals that you’re interviewing to determine if they’re a good fit for your family while  filtering out candidates that are not. As you interview caregivers, consider the following ideas for questions: How Do You Keep Up with Professional Development? Ask your potential nanny how they keep up with their professional development. This is a key part of most careers, and childcare is no different. The [...]

By |October 2nd, 2018|Hiring|0 Comments

Questions To Ask a Potential Nanny 

When hiring a new nanny, clearly, you don't want to take any chances. Before hiring a nanny, it is vital to ask several questions, some uncomfortable ones. Good interview questions may provide insights to the nanny’s abilities and demeanor. To make the task simple here are a few nanny interview questions which you may consider before you hire. Experience and Training • How long have you been a nanny? • How old were the children you cared for? • Do you have any formal early childhood development or childcare training? • Would you be willing to take classes to further your education in childcare? [...]

By |May 11th, 2018|Hiring|0 Comments

Paying A Nanny

When you first employ a nanny, you might at first be confused about the process of paying them legally, and if you called for a quote from a nanny payroll service, you will probably be surprised at the cost. But you have a number of choices to handle payroll, and they differ in various ways, such as payment means, time investment, cost of service, etc. Let’s consider the nanny payroll alternatives in a bit more detail. Pay Under the Table This is a poor choice for your nanny and illegal for you as the employer. For nannies, being paid “under [...]

By |April 26th, 2018|Hiring, NannyPay|0 Comments

Write It Down – What I’ve Learned Hiring My First Nanny

Hindsight is always 20/20 and even the most organized well intended parent is going to have some ups and downs hiring a nanny for the first time. After a year+ with my nanny as a first-time mom there are some things I’ve learned. The most important suggestion I can make whether you are going through an agency who will guide you or not is to write everything down. Whether it’s a contract or basic written communication, when it’s written down it is less likely to be forgotten or misinterpreted. A Nanny Contract If you are not using an agency there [...]

By |April 20th, 2017|Communication, Hiring, NannyPay, Tips|0 Comments

Employers Risk More Than Just Significant Fines and Penalties for Employing Undocumented Workers

Employers violate the federal Immigration Reform and Control Act if they hire undocumented workers with actual or constructive knowledge of the employee’s legal inability to work in the United States. That Act exposes the employer who violates the law’s requirements to significant fines and penalties. It is important to know, however, that an employer may not discriminate against workers based upon their immigration status. So employers who do hire undocumented employees must nevertheless pay those employees all wages to which they are entitled under the law, including overtime pay. Recently, the Federal Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals emphasized this fact [...]

By |December 12th, 2016|Hiring, NannyPay|0 Comments

Is Your Nanny an Employee or Independent Contractor? You Can Both Ask the IRS

Is that nanny you just hired an employee or independent contractor? The answer has significant tax implications for both the family and nanny, because an employer is obligated to pay employment taxes for an employee, and may also have to provide workers compensation, unemployment or disability insurance for employees as well, but does not have to pay these taxes or benefits to independent contractors. Many nannies start work for a family with taxes the furthest thing from their mind. But then the nanny is surprised to receive a Form 1099-MISC from their family at the end of the year, instead [...]

By |July 21st, 2016|Hiring, NannyPay, Tax Reminders|0 Comments

“New Hire” Reporting

An Important Tool to Help Needy Children The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) of 1996, commonly known as Welfare Reform, requires all employers to report certain information on their newly hired employees to a designated state agency. In Pennsylvania, for example, this law is administered by the Center for Workforce Information and Analysis, which is a division the PA Department of Labor. New Hire reporting is a process by which you, as a household employer, report information on newly hired employees to the designated state agency shortly after the date of hire. As an employer, you play [...]

By |June 30th, 2016|Hiring|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

Daycare vs Nanny

Growing up I always wanted to be a stay at home mom. As I got older reality set in and I realized that might not be an option for me. Plan B was derived: if I had to work and so did my husband we would want a loving nanny to care for our child and help around the house with light chores. Daycare was last on our list - simply because we had no experience with daycare in our families. Sure enough in 2012 our little boy arrived and we are a working parental team and like many other [...]

By |August 31st, 2015|Hiring, NannyPay|0 Comments

Legal Rights as a Nanny & Home Employer

As a nanny or other type of in home caregiver, why should you insist on being paid legally rather than “under the table”? At first glance, the benefits of tax-free income may seem enticing but take a closer look at what you are losing and you will see that the trade off is far costlier. When you are paid “under the table” you are not officially an employee and hence, are automatically waiving all of the rights and protections the law affords to you as such. From a practical perspective, being an in home caregiver is very physical work. By [...]

By |April 16th, 2015|Guest Post, Hiring|0 Comments