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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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Traveling with Your Employer

Spring and summer breaks are quickly approaching and this means a lot of families are planning vacations near and far. If your employer has asked you to travel with their family we encourage you to do so. Traveling with your employer can allow you to grow closer with your charges and also give you the opportunity to travel to areas you’ve never been. But before…

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Ask MaryPat – “Will I get reimbursed for miles & supplies?”

Dear MaryPat, I absolutely love my new job! I love little Katie and I’m happy with the schedule and the pay. Thanks for helping me find this job! There is one problem though. Mrs. Smith told me that she would pay for the gas in my car and that she would give me a little spending money to buy food and art supplies for projects…

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Taking Karah Babies – Nap Time

Question: What is the best way to get newborn babies on a nap routine? Karah’s Answer: The key is timing and consistency! During the first six weeks of life, babies are not developmentally ready to be on a routine and often wake, sleep and eat at all different hours of the day and night which is completely normal and healthy. Once babies are closer to…

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Training New Employees

We read recently at a business web site that a leading research and management consulting firm had found that “67% of employees learn about their jobs from co-workers and not from their bosses.” For in-home domestic employees, they are often (in fact nearly always) the only employee in the household, and for better-or-worse, have no co-workers to turn to for advice, guidance & training. This…

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Returning to Work as a Housekeeper During a Pandemic

Whether you are interviewing for a new position or returning to work, your professional life during a pandemic is going to look a lot different these days. From taking your temperature before you leave for work to wearing a mask throughout the day, there are a number of things you can do to keep yourself and your clients as safe as possible.    Safety first!  Take your temperature every morning.…

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Anti-Racism Resource Guide

Since the murder of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, many families have reached out to T+C looking for resources to help them talk to their children about race and diversity. We have pulled together the following resources and tips that we hope can be helpful to both Clients and their children. Resource Guides: Buzzfeed – A Teacher’s Favorite Children’s Books On Racism Anti-Racism Resources for…

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