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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

Can I Legally Pay My Nanny a Salary?

Traditionally, an employee who is paid a “salary” instead of an hourly wage is an “exempt” employee under the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), meaning that this employee is not eligible for overtime pay required by that law. Nannies, housekeepers and most domestic employees who work in your home do not qualify as “exempt”, meaning you must pay those employees at least the prevailing federal minimum hourly wage rate and one and one-half times their normal hourly rate for all hours worked in one week over 40 hours. So, can you legally pay your nanny a salary? The answer [...]

By |November 15th, 2016|NannyPay, Tax Reminders, Tips|0 Comments

Nanny Share Arrangements and the New Overtime Rules

POST UPDATE: Since this was first posted on November 8th, at the end of November, a Texas federal judge granted a preliminary injunction against the new OT threshold level, so the new threshold did NOT go into effect on December 1st. While this did not go into effect it is still the law to pay your nanny overtime for any hours over 40 a week. Effective December 1, 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL)’s new regulations regarding when an employee may be considered “exempt” (not eligible for overtime) under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) take effect. These new regulations [...]

By |November 8th, 2016|Tax Reminders, Tips|0 Comments

Family Locator

Always Know Where Your Children Are If your kids are with a nanny for portions of the day or they walk to school, if you are the “text me when you get home” mother, or even if you are just a little paranoid, you may want the Family Locator app. Whether your nanny is taking the baby to the park or zoo or you have an child with an active schedule, Family Locator can help put some of your mind at ease knowing where they are at all times. With the Family Locator app you can designate safe and unsafe [...]

By |August 24th, 2016|Apps, Tips|0 Comments

Throw Back Thursday: How To Be the Best Nanny in the Technology Age

In today’s world, children are given cell phones and tablets basically the day they are brought into this world. They create social media accounts and have a directory of their favorite of TV shows and Netflix series by their first birthday. Contradictory to this, parents – who are most likely providing the little ones with the devices – expect the nanny to divorce the children from their “toys” and be active. It’s the nanny’s turn to keep the kids lively and entertained. How is these seemingly impossible tasks suppose to be achieved? It’s time to throw it back to when [...]

By |July 28th, 2016|For Kids, Tips|0 Comments

Uber Sued in Nationwide Class Action & Why This Matters to Nannies

Just after settling a similar lawsuit in California and Massachusetts for approximately $100 Million, Uber Technologies, the increasingly popular ride-sharing company, has been sued yet again, this time in a nationwide class action, that claims the company illegally classified drivers as independent contractors instead of as employees, and denied them overtime wages required to be paid to employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Uber’s competing service, Lyft, has recently increased its settlement offer to $27 Million in a similar case, also filed in California. Household employers take note. Although nannies and other in-home help are almost never properly [...]

By |July 13th, 2016|NannyPay, Tax Reminders, Tips|0 Comments

Multiple Options for Child Care

As a parent there are so many different options of childcare for you to pick from. It's a huge pool of caregivers just waiting to be chosen. If you're a first time parent it is even worse. Why? Because you don't know what system, what type of person, or which level of childcare works best for your family. And everyone around you is going to have an opinion of what works best for you and why you should do it his or her way. We have broken down the different types of caregivers and listed the key differentiating points of [...]

By |July 12th, 2016|NannyPay, Tips|0 Comments

Is That Household Payroll Service Putting You at Risk?

Using a third-party payroll service may be convenient, but in addition to being a costly alternative to doing it yourself, household employers should be aware that the primary responsibility to protect their employee’s personal information and data still rests on them. Use of third-party payroll service providers complicates payroll data security because employers, regardless of their own efforts to safeguard their employee’s data, might still need to respond to an identity theft issue caused by their payroll service’s insufficient security measures, according to an IRS special agent with the Service’s Criminal Investigation Division, and who is also the identity theft [...]

By |July 5th, 2016|NannyPay, Tips|0 Comments

“Sleep Time” Rule Clarified for Home Care Workers

The federal Labor Department recently clarified when home care providers may apply the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) sleep-time exclusion since the FLSA’s minimum wage and overtime protections were extended to home-care employees late last year. For example, the original sleep-time rules allowed employers to exclude sleep time from an employee’s compensation provided the parties had made a prior reasonable agreement to do so. As now applied to home care, a reasonable agreement means the worker “regularly has the opportunity to sleep overnight, rather than if the employee is present to actively provide around-the-clock care” according to Wage and Hour [...]

By |July 3rd, 2016|NannyPay Updates, Tips|0 Comments

Important Overtime Rules for Preschool Instructors

Childcare Workers Who Provide "Preschool" Instruction Are Not Exempt From Overtime Pay as "Teachers" The Federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires most workers, including nannies and other childcare providers, to be paid time and one-half for all hours over 40 they work in a week. Recently, a federal court ordered a childcare company to pay more than $92,000 in overtime pay and interest to its workers who worked more than 40 hours. In doing so, the court ruled that the FLSA exemption for teachers at elementary or secondary schools did not apply to daycare centers even if their employees [...]

By |June 14th, 2016|NannyPay, Tax Reminders, Tips|0 Comments