Before you write that check, conduct a background check

One of our biggest worries when it comes to our loved ones is keeping them safe.  It’s hard for little ones and some seniors to communicate exactly what is happening in the home when you are not there. Whether you are leaving your children alone with a nanny or hiring an elder caregiver to take care of an aging parent, you’ll want to know they are in good, trustworthy and capable hands. After extensive interviews and meetings with your potential nanny/caregiver, you find someone who you feel comfortable with and who seems like the perfect fit for your family.  But [...]

By |2019-06-27T17:12:24+00:00April 4th, 2019|Hiring|0 Comments

Hiring a Caregiver For Your Aging Parents

Your parents were there to take care of you as your grew up, but now the roles have reversed and they need you to care for them. While many seniors are mentally and physically capable of caring for themselves, others might suffer from issues that may limit their mobility or their ability to live on their own. As much as you'd like to tend to their every need, it's often impossible to do so, especially if you work full-time or have a family of your own to take care of. In these cases, having a caregiver to care for your [...]

By |2019-06-01T00:53:14+00:00February 21st, 2019|Hiring|0 Comments

Do You Have a Household Employee?

A household employee refers to someone who receives wages in return for providing a service within their employer’s residence. According to the IRS, if you control what work is done by the worker and how it is done, that worker will be considered your employee. Work done in or around your residence is considered household work. The following types of workers are typically treated as household employees for employment tax purposes: NanniesBabysitters (with some exceptions)Eldercare providers or elder caregiversPrivate nursesHealth aidesHousekeepers or house cleaners (but not independent cleaning companies)Drivers or chauffeurs ButlersCooksMaidsYard workers (but not independent landscape companies)Other domestic workers [...]

By |2019-06-01T00:53:15+00:00January 14th, 2019|Hiring|0 Comments

Interview Questions for Hiring a Nanny

As you search for a nanny that’s the right fit for your family, it’s important to have a solid set of interview questions on hand. These questions can help you learn more information about the individuals that you’re interviewing to determine if they’re a good fit for your family while  filtering out candidates that are not. As you interview caregivers, consider the following ideas for questions: How Do You Keep Up with Professional Development? Ask your potential nanny how they keep up with their professional development. This is a key part of most careers, and childcare is no different. The [...]

By |2019-06-01T00:53:15+00:00October 2nd, 2018|Hiring|0 Comments

Questions To Ask a Potential Nanny 

When hiring a new nanny, clearly, you don't want to take any chances. Before hiring a nanny, it is vital to ask several questions, some uncomfortable ones. Good interview questions may provide insights to the nanny’s abilities and demeanor. To make the task simple here are a few nanny interview questions which you may consider before you hire. Experience and Training • How long have you been a nanny? • How old were the children you cared for? • Do you have any formal early childhood development or childcare training? • Would you be willing to take classes to further your education in childcare? [...]

By |2019-06-01T00:52:43+00:00May 11th, 2018|Hiring|0 Comments

Paying A Nanny

When you first employ a nanny, you might at first be confused about the process of paying them legally, and if you called for a quote from a nanny payroll service, you will probably be surprised at the cost. But you have a number of choices to handle payroll, and they differ in various ways, such as payment means, time investment, cost of service, etc. Let’s consider the nanny payroll alternatives in a bit more detail. Pay Under the Table This is a poor choice for your nanny and illegal for you as the employer. For nannies, being paid “under [...]

By |2019-06-01T00:52:43+00:00April 26th, 2018|Hiring, NannyPay|0 Comments

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 |2019-06-01T00:52:44+00:00April 20th, 2017|Communication, Hiring, NannyPay, Tips|0 Comments

Employers Risks 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 |2019-06-01T15:19:03+00:00December 12th, 2016|Hiring, NannyPay|0 Comments

Is a Nanny an Employee or Independent Contractor?

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 [...]

By |2019-06-01T14:55:24+00:00July 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 |2019-06-01T00:52:13+00:00June 30th, 2016|Hiring|0 Comments
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