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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
Holiday time is approaching and you may be considering offering your nanny or other household employee a cash bonus. You have two options (aside from just giving her the cash), either cut your employee a separate bonus check or include it with their regular payroll. Here's how to pay your bonus using NannyPay2 for each scenario. Scenario 1: You want to give your employee a separate bonus check. Step 1: Make sure you are using the the most recent version of NannyPay2. If you are unsure, click "Check for Updates" under the "NannyPay2" menu (Mac) or the "Help" menu (Windows). [...]
Are you thinking of providing a gift to your household employee for Thanksgiving? Autumn table setting with pumpkins. Thanksgiving dinner and autumn decoration. If so, you are not alone. A recent survey of employers revealed that upwards of 26% of employers will provide some form of Thanksgiving gift this year to their employees, an historically high percentage. But is that gift taxable? In general, under IRS guidelines, if the value and frequency with which the gift or benefit is provided is so small as to make accounting for it unreasonable or impractical, it’s not taxable. This is what [...]
District of Columbia employers should note that the unemployment taxable wage base will be $9,000, effective December 1, 2016. Many other states are likewise raising their UC wage bases for tax year 2016. NannyPay customers should remember to change the UC settings in the software to reflect these changes before the first pay period in 2016 to insure their withholdings are correct.
A recent review of federal court filings as of August, 2015, demonstrates a substantial increase in the number of Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) civil filings compared to the same period last year. If the rate continues, it would be the largest number of FLSA civil cases since the fiscal crisis of 2008. Generally speaking, the FLSA requires employers of hourly wage earners, such as nannies, to pay overtime pay to those employees who work more than 40 hours in a week. Household employers who pay “under the table”, incorrectly classify their nannies as independent contractors, or who do not [...]
It’s the summer… you may or may not be taking a vacation. For some you many choose to bring your nanny others may choose to give time off. What if there was a Nanny Camp? Ok well maybe not a real camp, but a chance for you to invest in your employee and take full advantage this time when you kids are with you! Think about it… many successful businesses live by the motto - invest in your employees to invest in your company. It works the same way with your household employees. Take care of them and they take [...]
As a Mom and a former nanny - my biggest fear is what if there is an emergency! I fully understand you cannot keep kids in a bubble or protect them from everything... but I do know you can be prepared. Thanks to technology (when I was a nanny it was a laminated paper) and use of smartphones - help can be just a click away. I am able to keep all relevant medical information and contacts in an online secure document for my husband and I to access or even the nanny or weekend babysitter. I also I have [...]
After school can be a drag for kids especially elementary school age. They get off the bus or get picked up and the first thing they want to do is grab a snack if they are not already playing. Of course they are hungry they just had a full afternoon of learning and it’s time to eat. For many parents and nannies the goal is to get the kids to eat healthy, not just chips and soda. The challenge is convincing them to eat healthy especially when the individual bag of chips is sitting right in the pantry. A fun [...]