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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

A Nanny Job Description

Are you looking to hire a full time or part time nanny? When you are looking to hire in any industry the first thing to do is put together a job description. What will you be asking this person to do on a regular basis - the primary and secondary tasks? For most part the care and well-being of your children is first and foremost. Secondary tasks include the day to day management of the home. Some families look for an all in one full time nanny to care for all things at the home from laundry to errands to [...]

By |March 15th, 2015|Hiring|0 Comments