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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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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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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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Tips for Traveling with your Nanny

It is that time of year again. The kids are out of school and you’ll all be headed out on vacation soon. Maybe you’ll also have your Nanny or Family Assistant for help along they way. If so, remember that this trip will be work for her; it will be part of her job, and you should plan accordingly. While she will of course have…

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Keeping the Lines of Communication Open

You love your job. You love the family, the kids, the fun afternoons at the park and the art classes you get to attend with your charge. You want to be there for your employer whenever they need you, but it seems that too often they approach you with a request that interferes with a prior commitment and you feel guilty not helping out, so…

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