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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

Little Peanut On the Go

Today we wanted to tell you about one of the best apps on the market for busy families… Little Peanut On the Go. If you an organized person (we all hope as a parent or nanny this is a characteristic you place pretty high on the “tell me about yourself”) you have just found your match made in childcare heaven. Little Peanut On the Go is a mobile app that lets its users manage multiple lifestyles on the go. You can create to-do lists, care schedules and routines, and connect the parent with the child if they are away. The [...]

By |July 15th, 2016|Apps|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

“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

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

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