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The Benefits of Paying Nannies and Other Household Employees Legally…and the Consequences of Paying “Under the Table”

TASA ID: 2343

It's not easy being a household employer. For some, the legal, tax, and insurance issues make paying their employees "under the table" seem easier and cheaper. But this decision can be penny-wise and pound-foolish if you get caught. Even if you don't get caught, you'll be missing out on legal and tax advantages that you can't use if you're paying illegally.
Category: Employment

Put it in Writing: The Value of Employment Agreements with Nannies and Other Household Employees

TASA ID: 2343

You've just hired your nanny or other household employee. You're thrilled, she's thrilled, and you're in the employer-employee version of a honeymoon. You can't imagine that anything will ever go wrong.  While in most cases, fortunately, that's true, in other cases things can get contentious if your understanding of the details of your arrangement is somehow different than your employee's understanding of them.
Category: Employment

Improving Profitability and Productivity Through Psychologically Healthy Workplace Practices

TASA ID: 1410

$300 Billion per year.  That is the estimated annual aggregate cost to US businesses due to worker stress (stress leads to absenteeism, lost productivity, accidents, increased healthcare costs, turnover, conflict in the workplace, and presenteeism - being physically present but having your mind on something else).  On any given day, nearly one million employees in the US miss work due to stress.  These and other compelling data are available from the American Stress Institute (www.stress.org/job.htm).  How can management respond proactively to these challenges? 
Category: Employment

Employees or Independent Contractors? An Analysis of the Employment Status of Household Workers

TASA ID: 2343

The question of whether a nanny or any other domestic worker is an employee or an independent contractor is one that can sometimes have gray areas. Nannies are probably the most cut-and-dried; in almost all cases under both federal and California law, nannies are employees. For other types of household workers, such as housekeepers, it may be more difficult to say.
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