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Bonnie Low-Kramen’s “8 Private Service Success Tips”

Last weekend we attended the DEMA Convention in Los Angeles. We all know working in private service is a challenge, so the presentation by Bonnie Low-Kramen provided some wonderful insights for candidates and employees! Bonnie is a well-respected educator in the field and worked as Personal Assistant to Olympia Dukakis for 25 years. Here are her eight secrets to help you through tough times in…

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“I am a household employer. Am I subject to OSHA?”

We were recently asked by a client whether they & their household were subject to OSHA requirements now that they had hired (in their case) a new Housekeeper. The short answer is “no.” While we’re not legal experts, our basic understanding is that the U.S. Department of Labor is authorized under applicable federal law to develop OSHA regulations, including regulations regarding who is covered and…

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“Do I have an employee?” Some tax & payroll tips for household employers

If you’re about to hire a household employee or already have existing household staff, here are a few things you should keep in mind regarding the payroll & tax process: The person you have hired will be considered your “employee,” and you will be considered to be their “employer.” Treating them as being “self-employed” or as a “1099” contractor is difficult and risky. The IRS…

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Town + Country Adds After-hours Support for Temp Clients

We recently added additional hours of coverage for our Temp Department. Now clients & candidates can both call in Friday through Sunday after hours. Need a Nanny on a moment’s notice? Last minute plans changed? In town for vacation or for a convention? Have an emergency that’s come up? Our regular business hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, but now you…

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Professional Housekeeper Training with Charles MacPherson

On May 11th & 12th, Town + Country is partnering with Charles MacPherson to host a two-day professional housekeeper training class at the Hotel Sofitel in Redwood City. We’re incredibly excited to have Charles here to work with some of our top-notch housekeepers. Charles is the founder of Charles MacPherson Associates Inc. He has nearly three decades of experience in the service industry. In 2009,…

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Wage Threshold Changes Under Federal Tax Law

For 2012, the domestic employee wage threshold under Federal law for paying Social Security taxes will rise to $1,800. Earnings below this amount will not be subject to Social Security taxes. This limit is up from $1,700 in 2011. Under California law, the thresholds will stay at $750 and $1000. Specifically: You must register with the Employment Development Department (EDD) as a household employer for…

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Should you consider hiring a Live-in Nanny?

Many of our clients seeking to hire a Nanny start their searches focused on finding a live-in candidate. The reasons are many, but in our experience, the two main reasons family consider a live-in Nanny are (i) to get increased coverage, and (ii) to save money. In our experience, a live-in Nanny is not necessarily going to be able to address these two needs. Often…

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