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Are you earthquake ready?

California is a wonderful place to live and work, but there’s no doubt that we live in Earthquake Country here. I lived in San Francisco in 1989 and rode out the Loma Prieta Earthquake. Viewers across the country tuning in for Game 3 of the World Series between the Giants and A’s learned of the quake immediately. I then moved down to Los Angles in…

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Meet Louise

Louise is a career Nanny with over 25 years of professional childcare experience here in the Bay Area. She thrives in a busy, full-charge environment and always seeks to bring out each child’s individual strengths. She is very dependable and has deep knowledge about childhood development. One of her employers remarked, “We hired Mary Poppins!” Get to know Louise: What is your favorite quote? “If…

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Easter Basket Delight

When my brother and I were children we couldn’t wait to wake up on Easter Sunday and follow the trail of candy from our beds to our Easter baskets! We were just as excited on Easter morning as were were when Santa would come. Our favorite Easter goodie delicacy was Astronaut food! The other favorite item we could always count on finding … books! In…

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Spring Break!

It’s that time of year again … SPRING BREAK! No doubt you’re looking forward to the great plans you’ve made. You might not be thinking about childcare on your trip just yet, but you will! If you are travelling with your Nanny, here are a few tips to consider while traveling: Remember, you pay for her expenses, including airfare, hotel, food, etc. Your Nanny is…

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We have a new Form I-9

The U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Service (USCIS) has issued a new “Employment Eligibility Verification Form,” i.e., the so-called I-9 Form. The old one nominally expired last year, and the new one is now valid through March 31, 2016. Unfortunately, the form has grown considerably in size – the instructions have gone from 3 pages to 6 and the portion you and your new employee have…

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Meet Kyle

Meet Kyle Kyle has 10 years of professional childcare experience and was placed by Town + Country in his most recent long-term Nanny position. He has been a Nanny, a Preschool Teacher and an after-school Teacher. Kyle’s work with children includes some special needs experience. Kyle has an incredible pitch in attitude and is happy to help with Family Assistant duties. He is a native…

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“Always negotiate based on gross, not net, pay”

This reminder from California attorney Bob King at www.legallynanny.com: “If you’re a family hiring someone in your home, always negotiate based on gross, not net, pay. Net pay agreements make it more difficult to calculate overtime and could allow the employee to overwithhold taxes at your expense. You can always determine the net pay, but any agreement should be based on gross hourly wages.” Why…

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