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.
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 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 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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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
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.
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.
Nannies, when it comes to your career the sky’s the limit, quite literally. If you’re adventurous, flexible, and fancy free there are non-traditional career paths. Cambridge Nanny Group founder, Ingrid Kellaghan, discusses with 4 unique nanny positions with @Caredotcom. Your perfect job is out there! Live your dream. Read more: http://goo.gl/jPtHSX
Headquartered in Traverse City, MI, Silikids, Inc. the first mom-founded brand focused on creating products that are safe, modern and made entirely out of SILICONE, launched a month-long Kickstarter campaign today for their new Straw Tops. Silikids teamed up with top animation character designers Bill Schwab from “Frozen” and Jim Feeley from “American Dad” (Schwab and Feeley also just happen to be the co-founders husbands!) to create unique glass sets and cool art as rewards for the Kickstarter campaign. The glasses and art are exclusive to this Kickstarter campaign and will not be available again after November 20th, the date the Kickstarter campaign will end.
The collectible items are the perfect holiday gift and as a bonus all orders include a 3 pack of the NEW Siliskin Straw Tops.
The ingenious Silikids Straw Top is a silicone top that covers the top of any glass making it spill proof and converting it into a straw top.
“Our silicone tableware accessories like our straw tops are designed to make the basics like glass, easier and safer to use. A main focus of ours is to bridge the gap between innovative, high end design and affordability. ” said Stacey Feeley, co-founder Silikids. “This Kickstarter campaign allows us to celebrate great art and the simplicity of glass making it cool, functional and fun, while passing it on to generations to come.”
The campaign has a $7,500 fundraising goal that will go towards the production of the glassware sets, Siliskin® Straw Tops, high quality giclee prints, shipping and processing fees.
All Kickstarter backers of the Silikids Straw Top campaign will receive a 3-pack of Silikids Straw Tops and glass designs and there are a host of awards levels that include glass sets, limited edition prints (including high quality Giclee prints and signed limited edition artist prints too) from Schwab and Feeley. One top level backer will even get to have a power lunch with Schwab, Feeley and the Silikids team in LA to share notes, doodles and ideas.
The Kickstarter campaign for the Silikids Straw Top runs until November 20, 2014. To learn more about Silikids and the Straw Top visit the Kickstarter page here:
The New York Times, October 16, 2014. Science: It has been nearly 20 years since a landmark education study found that by age 3, children from low-income families have heard 30 million fewer words than more affluent children, putting them at an educational disadvantage before they even began school. The findings led to increased calls for publicly funded prekindergarten programs and dozens of campaigns urging parents to get chatty with their children.
Now, a growing body of research is challenging the notion that merely exposing poor children to more language is enough to overcome the deficits they face. The quality of the communication between children and their parents and caregivers, the researchers say, is of much greater importance than the number of words a child hears. Read More….
On Monday, October 20th, our online application platform is going to change the way you think about the online application and interview process with our new Interview Hub Platform.
When it comes to conducting productive interviews, it is no secret that unprepared interviewers, uninformed conversations, and unstructured time add up to mistakes and decision delays that hinders our ability to identify top performers.
That is why Resumator, our online application platform, has reimagined interviews so interviewers have one-click access to all of the information they need to conveniently participate in the Cambridge Nanny Group selection and recruitment hiring process – whether you are working for our corporate office or seeking a client position.
As they have done in the past, the International Nanny Association (INA) is conducting a study in order to gain data and statistics for the nanny industry. This is open to all nannies, and you do not have to be a member of the INA to participate. They will make the results available not only to members, but also to the public, to help increase understanding and awareness of the nanny industry.
Your voice counts! The questionnaire will be emailed to you and should take just 10-15 minutes. We will be sending multiple reminders. If you have not received the survey please email email@example.com
If interested, you will be able to receive a summary of the results by requesting so at the end of the questionnaire. The test was developed and is administered by an independent firm, Survey Design & Analysis (SDA), to design and administer the data collection.
The INA Board of Directors is busily planning their 30th Annual Conference – their first conference to be held outside the United States!
Educational workshops and specialty training
Peer networking from around the globe
Recharge your personal and professional batteries
Beautiful Cancun, located on the northeast corner of the Yucatan Peninsula, has miles of pristine beaches with crystal clear water, a vibrant night life, and easy access to world cultural heritage sites such as Chichen Itza.In addition to a wonderful destination, nannies, newborn care specialists, nanny agency operators, educators and other industry partner/services gather annually to meet their counterparts from around the globe, increase their professional knowledge and expertise in workshops and specialty training, and demonstrate their commitment to being best-in-class in their chosen field.