Resources and Benefits
It is required by law that you pay Social Security, Medicare and Federal unemployment taxes on all domestic employees. You may also be responsible for other state and federal taxes depending where you live. Contact your local IRS and State Department of Labor for more information. Nannies and other domestic staff are not independent contractors and should not be expected to file as one.
Offering health insurance is one of the most important benefits you can offer to your employee and a very good way to attract the best candidates. Negotiating proper medical insurance will professionalize your position, show your appreciation, and allow you to maintain consistency in your household.
The work agreement is a very important tool in this industry, more so than any other profession. It helps define your job description, expectations of the employee, household rules and regulations, benefits, incentives etc.. This agreement is one of the keys to a successful, long-term relationship, the first key is communication.
Remember our employees want the same benefits that you or I would want for ourselves, set up your job description similar to your own but tailor it to fit your hires needs.
Employers obviously determine what they offer as a salary. However, what you offer will determine who accepts your position.
Payroll and Tax Services:
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Insurance for Domestic Staffing: