INA Weekly Brief

Category: Laws & Regulations


What Ivanka Trump’s Proposed Changes to the Child Care Tax Credit Can Mean to the Nanny World

  When President Trump laid out his vision for America to Congress last week he highlighted his vision to make tax policy around child care more family friendly. Ivanka outlined a plan to allow families to deduct child-care expenses from their taxable income, with the amount capped at the average cost of child care in their… Read more »


Tags: , , | March 20, 2017

Four Tips for Avoiding Household Employment Tax Mistakes

By Tom Breedlove of HomePay by Breedlove   When a family decides to hire a nanny to care for their kids, both parties are completely focused on fit – financial, schedule, personality, etc. Once everything is aligned between family and caregiver, the final step is to make sure all the tax and legal aspects of… Read more »


Tags: , , | March 13, 2017

Nannies: How to Eliminate the Hassles of Filing a Tax Return

By Guy Maddalone, Founder & CEO, GTM Payroll Services   It’s tax season! Filing a tax return can be stressful if you’re not prepared. Set yourself up for success by taking these steps beginning at the time of hire.   Submit Form W-4 before you start work Your employer (the family you’ll work for) should… Read more »


March 7, 2017

Nanny Agencies – Are you Compliant with “Ban the Box” Laws?

Thorough background screening of nanny and newborn care specialist applicants is a major market differentiator between world-class nanny agencies and online job listing sites. You do all you can to make sure you present only the best applicants to your families for hiring consideration. Agency applications and background screening practices all are subject to various… Read more »


Tags: , , | April 9, 2016

Au Pairs Sue over Wage Issues

There is a well-publicized class action law suit in the Federal District Court for Colorado that alleges that au pair agencies failed to obey state minimum wage laws, keeping au pair pay at $4.35 an hour. The suit was initiated by the non-profit Towards Justice and was recently joined by a heavy hitting law firm, Boies, Schiller &… Read more »


Tags: , | August 6, 2015

Nanny Employment Labor and Tax Law Changes for 2015

The rules and regulations surrounding domestic or household employment are constantly evolving. Here is a quick glance of 2015 household employment regulations. $1900 The wage base that triggers an employer’s responsibility for household employment taxes – the so-called “nanny tax” – continues to be $1900 of wages paid in a year. This applies to all… Read more »


Tags: , | January 20, 2015

Nanny Agencies and Copyright Law

Please note: The information presented below is for informational purposes only. It does not constitute legal advice.  A nanny agency expends valuable resources in the creation and maintenance of a nanny agency’s web site, printed materials and proprietary forms. All too often a nanny agency’s original work – whether it be blog posts, web content or… Read more »


Tags: , | December 2, 2014

Nanny Agency Action On Child Protection: Part 2

INA member Louise Dunham, founder of the Australian nanny agency Placement Solutions, shares the actions her agency is taking to insure safe childcare. This is the second in a two part series. Child abuse indicators *The following is an extract from the Placement Solutions Child Protection Policy. Signs that child abuse is or has occurred… Read more »


Tags: , | November 3, 2014

A Nanny Agency’s Actions On Child Protection: Part 1

INA member Louise Dunham, founder of the Australian nanny agency Placement Solutions, shares the actions her agency is taking to insure safe childcare. I have to admit to feeling quite proud on August 9, 2014 when we launched our new Child Protection Policy and accompanying booklet. We are, as far as I am aware, the… Read more »


Tags: , | October 27, 2014

Nanny Agency Updates: Nanny Background Screening

Thorough nanny background screening by a nanny referral agency is a key service differentiator from online nanny job matching sites. A nanny agency must remain current on background screening regulations at the state and Federal levels to avoid engaging in prohibited practices. Here is a brief summary of new developments that INA agency members should be aware… Read more »


Tags: , , | September 29, 2014