Heroes: Inspiring the Next Generation of History Makers

January 29, 2015
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Licia Ronzulli is an Italian member of the European Parliament known for bringing her daughter, Vittoria, to the Parliament’s plenary sessions. She first brought her daughter to a plenary session when she was 44 days old as a symbolic gesture to support more rights for women in reconciling work and family life. This composite picture shows the mother-daughter duo at Parliament sessions from September 22, 2010 to November 19, 2013.

Vittoria is one little Mighty Girl who will be well-prepared to run for office herself one day!

News coverage of Ronzulli’s story has generated a lot of discussion on family leave policies, especially around the fact that, as Bloomberg News reported today, “According to the United Nations’ International Labour Organization, there are only two countries in the world that don’t have some form of legally protected, partially paid time off for working women who’ve just had a baby: Papua New Guinea and the U.S.” To read the new Bloomberg article on maternity leave, visit http://bloom.bg/1Dhz0xW

To learn more about the lack of paid family leave in the U.S. and a group working to give all Americans access to paid family leave, check out MomsRising.org athttp://bit.ly/mOQbVO

To inspire your Mighty Girl with more stories about women in politics and government, visit our “Political Leaders” biography section at http://www.amightygirl.com/books/history-biography/biography?cat=211

For two picture books about young girls who aspire to be president one day – both for ages 4 to 8 – check out “Grace for President” (http://www.amightygirl.com/grace-for-president) and “Madam President” (http://www.amightygirl.com/madam-president).

And, if your Mighty Girl has presidential ambitions, check out the “Why be a Princess when you can be a President” t-shirt at http://www.amightygirl.com/president-not-princess-t-shirt

Photo credit: Vincent Kessler and Jean-Marc Loos/Reuter
Credit: A Mighty Girl

New Disney Princess is Latina

January 28, 2015


There’s a new Disney princess in town – and for the first time, she’s Latina. Meet Princess Elena of Avalor!

Princess Elena of Avalor will make her debut in a “special episode” of Sofia the First, set to air next year.

Our creative team has delivered a universal story with themes that authentically reflect the hopes and dreams of our diverse audience,” Nancy Kanter, executive VP and general manager of Disney Junior Worldwide, said in a statement. “What excites us most is the chance to use distinctive animation and visual design to tell wonderful stories influenced by culture and traditions that are familiar to the worldwide population of Hispanic and Latina families and reflect the interests and aspirations of all children as told through a classic fairy tale.”

Elena will be voiced by Aimee Carrero (Young & Hungry), and will be advised on how to rule a whole kingdom by a grand council made up of her grandfather Tito, grandmother Cici, and a royal advisor named Duke Esteban. Plus, she’ll have some help from a couple of friends, including a wizard-in-training named Mateo and a magical flying creature named Skylar.

#Disney #Princess #Latina #Diversity #Multicultural #Awesome


Household Case Study

January 21, 2015

Budgeting for Around-the-Clock Care and Sleep Time

In the nanny and senior care world, it’s common for families to need their caregiver to work long shifts from time to time. Whether it’s watching the kids for a whole weekend while Mom and Dad are out of town or taking an around-the-clock shift as part of an eldercare team, payroll can get tricky when overnight shifts are involved.

The Situation


A family wanted to take a weekend vacation and offered their nanny an extra $300 to watch the kids while they were gone. They normally paid her $10 per hour and felt this was more than fair compensation for her work over the weekend. However, while cancelling plans with a friend, the nanny’s friend told her she should receive overtime for working these additional hours. By her friend’s calculation, the nanny would be working her normal 30 hours during the week and then an additional 48 hours over the weekend for a total of 78 hours. If she was paid 40 hours at her regular $10 per hour and 38 overtime hours at $15 per hour, she should be paid $970 for the week instead of $600. The nanny brought this up with the family who didn’t know what to do.

The Law

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) states that overtime must be paid for any hour over 40 that a non-exempt employee works in a 7-day work period. The rate at which overtime must be paid is 1.5 times the employee’s regular rate of pay. The Fair Labor Standards Act classifies household employees such as nannies and senior caregivers as non-exempt workers.

If an employee is required to be on duty for 24 hours or more, the FLSA permits a sleeping period of up to 8 hours to be excluded from hours worked. This exclusion applies if the employee is provided adequate sleeping facilities and is able to sleep for at least 5 consecutive hours uninterrupted by work-related duties.

NOTE: In California, the state Supreme Court recently ruled that the federal sleep time exemption is not permissible unless it is specifically stated in a Wage Order. Since sleep time is not addressed in Wage Order 15 (the Wage Order for household employees), California families cannot exclude sleep time for 24-hour shifts.

The Outcome

The family contacted HomePay to determine what their legal requirements were. A consultant explained they were not required to pay their nanny for up to 8 hours of sleep during her 2 overnight stays since she would have her own room and the kids generally slept through the night just fine. This meant they needed to pay their nanny for 40 regular hours and 22 overtime hours (excluding 16 hours for sleep time), for a total of $730 for the week. Even though it was still more than the $600 the family budgeted for, they understood the reasoning behind the law and were ultimately grateful they were able to resolve the situation before they left for the weekend.

What could have been an ugly overtime situation was prevented by the family contacting HomePay before they paid their nanny. As trusted partners, we encourage you to contact us at any time if you or a client has a question about payroll, taxes or labor law. We’re here to help. And it’s always easier to prevent mistakes than fix them.
Quick Tax Facts
$1,900: Annual wage threshold for Social Security & Medicare (FICA) reporting in 2014
$1,000: Quarterly wage threshold for Unemployment reporting (some state thresholds are lower)
$2,500: Total childcare tax breaks available for families
1.5: Overtime rate of pay when work exceeds 40 hours
$0.56: Federal mileage reimbursement rate in 2014
$7.25: Federal minimum wage (some state rates are higher)
$2: Approximate daily cost to have HomePay by Breedlove handle all payroll and tax compliance duties with no work and no worry.

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Parental Employment Benefits Around the World

January 14, 2015

Working parents in the U.S. are faced with a difficult reality from the moment their babies are born: There’s no mandated paid parental leave.

As of now, mothers can take 12 weeks of unpaid maternity leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act — but that doesn’t include anyone working for a small business or many part-time workers who don’t meet time qualifications. Paid parental leave is even rarer: Only 12 percent of American employees work for companies that offer it, according to the Center for American Progress.


Image Credit:   www.citation.co.uk Check out the chart below to see how America stacks up — and what helpful policies other nations are enacting



 Parental Leave Around the World

Name That Pediped Contest

January 7, 2015

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Award-winning children’s footwear brand pediped® will name a new style after one of its fans. Parents and caregivers around the world have the opportunity to submit their child’s name for the chance at naming a pediped® shoe after him or her. The winning name will be used for a style in the pediped® Spring/Summer 2016 Collection.  The contest will be hosted on Instagram and fans must follow @pedipedfootwear to participate.

To enter the contest, fans must post a picture of their child, with his or her name, and the reason why pediped® should name a shoe after him or her. The photo must be posted with the contest hashtag #namethatpediped and the pediped® Instagram account must be tagged as @pedipedfootwear.

“We are very excited to get our fans more involved in helping us name new styles”, said founder Angela Edgeworth. “In the past we have used names that our customers recommended, and we have named styles after previous models and employee’s children, but never after one of our biggest fans. I know my girls love having a shoe named after them. It’s unique and exciting!”.

Photo entries will be accepted until 11:59pm PST on January 11, 2015. The winner will receive a $100 pediped gift card and a free pair of the style named. pediped® will announce the winner in February upon the official launch of the Spring/Summer 2015 Collection.

About pediped®
Exceptional quality, unsurpassed comfort, and distinctive styling have made the award-winning company the fastest growing children’s footwear brand in the United States. pediped® footwear has been awarded the American Podiatric Medical Association Seal of Acceptance for the promotion of healthy foot development, and preeminent orthopedic medical professionals, Dr. Mininder S. Kocher and Dr. Thomas W. Vorderer, deem pediped® shoes an excellent choice for parents/caregivers who want their children’s feet to develop naturally and healthily. In 2011, Earnshaw’s, the premier media resource serving the children’s market, recognized pediped® with an Earnie Award for Company of the Year and Best Footwear. Earnshaw’s also recognized pediped® with an Earnie Award for Company for Good for their philanthropy efforts of nearly $2 million in 2012, and an Earnie Award in 2013 for Best Community Outreach. In 2014, the Footwear Industry Awards recognized pediped® as a finalist for Footwear Brand of the Year and Children’s Footwear Brand of the Year. pediped® also earned a 2014 Earnie Award for Best Footwear Brand, a 2014 Family Choice Award, and 1st place 2014 Reader Favorite Award from Baby & Children’s Product News.
pediped® is sold in over 2,500 stores in the United States and 40 countries worldwide with an offering of more than 140 designs for boys and girls between its three lines, Originals®, Grip ‘n’ Go™ and Flex®. The award-winning footwear is available in EU sizes 17 to 36 (US newborn to 4.5 Youth). For more information, visit www.pediped.com or call 1-702-567-0311. LIKE on Facebook at /pedipedfootwear and follow on Twitter and Instagram @pedipedfootwear.


Chicago Nanny Minimum Wage

January 6, 2015











In December 2014, the City of Chicago City Council passed Mayor Emanuel’s ordinance to raise the minimum wage for all Chicago workers to $13 per hour by 2019. The ordinance raises the minimum wage in steps, beginning with an increase to a $10 per hour minimum wage on July 1, 2015. The minimum wage increases to $10.50 in 2016, $11 in 2017, $12 in 2018, and $13 in 2019. Over five years, it will increase the earnings for approximately 410,000 Chicago workers, inject $860 million into the local economy, and lift 70,000 workers out of poverty. As a city, we must all continue to do our part to ensure that workers understand their rights and employers understand their responsibilities in implementing this important law so that every hard working resident in the city of Chicago has a chance to succeed and earn a liveable wage.