Employing a senior caregiver for an elderly loved one could mean you’re now in charge. There is more work involved for you but you now have more control of their hiring and employment.
Don’t be fooled! You may need to pay nanny taxes when hiring a senior caregiver. If you’re considered their employer, you’ll need to comply with applicable tax, wage, and labor laws.
New York State’s “13-Hour Rule” means household employees do not need to be paid for sleep time or meal breaks provided they are uninterrupted.
There may be times when you require your nanny or a senior caregiver for overnight care or long shifts or you’ve hired a live-in employee. You’ll need to comply with sleeping time laws, which vary by the type of shift your caregiver is working.
When you hire private, in-home senior care, you may become a household employer. While this will give you more control over the employment situation, a number of tax, wage, and legal nuances come along with being an employer.
Looking to hire a senior caregiver for your elderly loved one? Take these steps — from developing a job description to making an offer — to ensure you’re hiring the right candidate.