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Californian comforts: The unique demands of hiring house managers for modern families

In the heart of sunny California, the home of Hollywood dreams and Silicon Valley fantasies, the concept of household staff has evolved with the times. The modern California family lives in a world of cultural diversity and tech enlightenment, and demands a new kind of house manager. They need one that not only leads a domestic team with precision and care, but also champions values…

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Keep the Nanny you tirelessly vetted

Whether you hired your nanny or other in-home employee through Town + Country or by some other means, you’ve undoubtedly invested a good deal of time and effort to make the right hire. Now make sure you keep your valued employee. Communication and showing appreciation are “musts” in all facets of a domestic staffed household. If you are currently a domestic employer, annual reviews, bonus…

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Employee Appreciation Gifts

  ‘Tis the season to show your Nanny, Housekeeper or another member of your household staff just how grateful you are. Monetary Recognition Often times, the first thought that comes to an employer is a cash bonus.  If you’re thinking that, you’re not wrong – but it’s also not the ONLY option. The time-tested cash bonus is always appreciated and is the gift of choice…

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Household Staff Vacation Benefits: Paid Time Off Vs. Holiday Pay

Now that we are in the thick of the holidays, you might be wondering, or trying to remember, what is standard in terms of holiday pay and paid time off for household staff?  Here is a quick recap! Holiday Pay Families typically offer the following paid holidays: New Year’s Eve New Year’s Day Memorial Day Independence Day Labor Day Thanksgiving Day The day after Thanksgiving…

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HomePay: Fast Facts About Legal Pay by Tom Breedlove

Many families hiring help in the home are hiring for the first time and, as such, may be unsure if they have legal requirements surrounding taxes and payroll. Here are a few “fast facts” to help keep families on the up-and-up: 1. The Social Security and Medicare (FICA) Threshold in 2022 is $2,400. If you pay an individual this amount or more, you are required…

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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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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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