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How to Work Collaboratively with Your Nanny

The Nanny you hire plays an important role in the development of your child or children. Your Nanny will want to be sure he or she remains consistent with your approach and preferences, so continued communication while maintaining a team mindset is very important. Here are a few specific items you should address as an employer: Discipline Screen Time Behavior Patterns and Habits Education Health and Diet How…

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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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Getting into the Back-to-School Swing!

The start of school can be tricky after a nice, fun, relaxing summer break. Here are a few helpful hints to help transition back-to-school in a smooth manner. Make room in the pantry or refrigerator for designated snacks. Not only will you have foods ready to supplement lunch, but those looking for food will know which snacks that they can have, without having to ask you what’s…

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Social Media Etiquette 101

There’s no shortage of buzz out there about Social Media etiquette, but it seems like plenty of people still manage to get themselves into trouble by posting things that get them in trouble at work or reflect poorly on the professional reputation that otherwise deserve. Maybe SFGate.com gave a good general rule when they blogged recently that “The reality is that companies pay their employees…

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Is it Time for a Raise?

We frequently get questions about raises from our Nannies and Clients. “When should I ask for a raise?” “When should we give a raise?” “My family is expecting a new baby next month, what is the rate increase for another baby?” “It’s my Nanny’s work anniversary, what is the standard salary increase?” “I now do full housekeeping for my employers, should I get a raise?”…

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The Value of Paying – and Being Paid – “On the Books”

One of the important conversations that we have with new clients to Town & Country is whether they have thought about how they will handle payroll for their new nanny, housekeeper or other household employee.  We don’t have reliable data on what portion of household employees in this country are paid “off the books” or “under the table,” but we suspect the percentage is pretty…

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How to make a good impression on a Virtual interview

Virtual interviews combine the best of both worlds – if you don’t live locally, you get to meet a prospective employer virtually while saving time and money on travel. However, it can be difficult to express your interest in the position and connect with the employer if you’re not careful. Here are a few things to keep in mind so you can rock your online…

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