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Alternatives to Candy for Halloween

Halloween is upon us and here’s how to NOT be the house kids avoid flaunting their costumes to because you don’t dole out the treats. So whether it be a dietary restriction, allergy, or a personal preference you choose not to give out candy on Halloween, but you don’t want to build a reputation as “THAT house.” To avoid earning that title, avoid handing out chips, pretzels, or apple slices. These have all been overdone and are not well received by trick-or-treaters. Here are some of our favorite alternatives. Homemade Slime Kids are obsessing over slime with it’s slick texture [...]

By |October 31st, 2017|For Kids, Tips|0 Comments

National Family Health and Fitness Day

This Saturday, September 30th, get the family together for some health and fitness fun! Promoting a healthy lifestyle, can be so much fun with the kids. Physical, mental, and dietary health can all be incorporated into this special day with the kids. Encourage a game of tag, or show them how to do jumping jacks, or dancing and other heart rate increasing exercises. Encourage challenges and competition to make it fun for them. Maybe introduce them to yoga or a practice that can help calm them. Maybe it isn’t through a physical activity but through a creative outlet. Finish the [...]

By |September 25th, 2017|Events, For Kids|0 Comments

US News & World Report Article

We were happy to be featured in a May 2017 article in US News & World Report, "3 Payment Platforms for Parents."

By |May 12th, 2017|Media, NannyPay, Tips|0 Comments

Tips for Keeping Nanny Engaged

I have a great nanny and I know the minute I do not need her anymore she will have no trouble finding a new position. She is approached by other families on a regular basis. The best thing I can do as a parent is not only be sure she is preforming her responsibilities well but also be sure she is happy and engaged. It is very essential to keep the nannies engaged to make them productive and do justice to the work allotted to them. Here are a few areas that you might be aware of. The nanny should [...]

By |May 3rd, 2017|Communication, NannyPay, Tips|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 |April 20th, 2017|Communication, Hiring, NannyPay, Tips|0 Comments

Reminder: 1/31/17 Deadline for W-3 with SSA

REMINDER: January 31st is the new deadline to file form W-3 with the SSA. A tax law enacted by Congress in December of 2015 includes a new requirement for employers this year. All employers are now required to file their 2016 Form W-3, with copies of Form W-2, with the Social Security Administration (SSA) by January 31, 2017. In the past, employers typically had until the end of February, if filing on paper, or the end of March, if filing electronically, to submit their copies of these forms to the federal government. This new law now makes the deadlines to [...]

By |January 29th, 2017|Tax Reminders|0 Comments

Employers Risk More Than Just Significant Fines and Penalties 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 |December 12th, 2016|Hiring, NannyPay|0 Comments

Nanny Tax Threshold for 2017

If a taxpayer pays above a certain amount to a person that works in their home, they will owe the so-called "Nanny Tax." For 2017, the domestic employee coverage threshold, or the amount at which the "Nanny Tax" will kick in, is $2,000, which is the same as the 2016 threshold. If you pay the employee less than $2,000 in cash wages in 2016, none of the wages you pay the employee are Social Security and Medicare wages, and neither you nor your employee will owe Social Security or Medicare tax.

By |November 27th, 2016|NannyPay, Tax Reminders|0 Comments

Can I Legally Pay My Nanny a Salary?

Traditionally, an employee who is paid a “salary” instead of an hourly wage is an “exempt” employee under the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), meaning that this employee is not eligible for overtime pay required by that law. Nannies, housekeepers and most domestic employees who work in your home do not qualify as “exempt”, meaning you must pay those employees at least the prevailing federal minimum hourly wage rate and one and one-half times their normal hourly rate for all hours worked in one week over 40 hours. So, can you legally pay your nanny a salary? The answer [...]

By |November 15th, 2016|NannyPay, Tax Reminders, Tips|0 Comments

Nanny Share Arrangements and the New Overtime Rules

POST UPDATE: Since this was first posted on November 8th, at the end of November, a Texas federal judge granted a preliminary injunction against the new OT threshold level, so the new threshold did NOT go into effect on December 1st. While this did not go into effect it is still the law to pay your nanny overtime for any hours over 40 a week. Effective December 1, 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL)’s new regulations regarding when an employee may be considered “exempt” (not eligible for overtime) under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) take effect. These new regulations [...]

By |November 8th, 2016|Tax Reminders, Tips|0 Comments