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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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Finding Great Candidates in a Down Economy

Finding just “the one” can be tough no matter what the economy and the unemployment situation is. Currently, one of the trends we’re seeing is that great candidates are not taking the risk to search for a new job due to the current state of the economy. Those who have years of experience under their belts and are contently employed are simply not interested in…

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Traveling with Your Nanny

Families often have questions about traveling with their Nanny. If you are planning to take your Nanny on a trip with you, here are some basic guidelines to consider: It’s always best to discuss the trip and your expectations with your Nanny before you leave.  Remember, it is not a vacation for your Nanny.  No matter how luxurious the accommodations or where she sits on…

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Our Summer Solution

Summer vacation for preschool, grade school, or middle school can present challenges for many families.  It can be difficult to decide which activities to participate in and how to piece it all together so that everyone in the family can have a fun, enjoyable and well balanced summer. Last summer, we opted to get a “Summer Nanny” for our children. Our Summer Nanny was on…

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Natural and Non-Toxic Cleaning Alternatives

If you want to be Earth friendly, a great place to start is by making your own cleaners. Many of our Housekeeper candidates are extremely knowledgeable about environmentally safe and green cleaning techniques. Here are a few of their safe and easy ways to make alternatives to common household cleaning products that work just as well as the chemical-filled cleaners. If you would like to…

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Share Care Part III – Some Practical Day-to-Day Issues

My husband and I shared a Nanny with our in-laws for more than a year.  We entered the Share Care with great enthusiasm.  Together, our families would certainly be able to find a great Nanny, and having all the cousins together was the icing on the cake. We approached the Share Care like a small business.  Before we started to look for a Nanny, we…

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