The federal minimum hourly wage of $7.25 was last changed in 2009, but some states and cities have established their own wage and benefit requirements in the absence of federal action. The establishment of city and county minimum wage requirements have led some states to try to curtail those local requirements to avoid a patchwork of requirements across the same state. The first $15 statewide hourly minimum wages were signed into law earlier this month by California and New York, but increase the hourly rate gradually over the next few years to $15. Several California cities had already enacted $15 [...]
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.
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? [...]