COVID-19 Resources for Household Employers
The impact of the coronavirus pandemic is being felt all over the world. Several pieces of federal legislation have been enacted, additional guidance seems to be released daily, and many families with household employees are scrambling to keep up with relevant information. This page serves as a hub for COVID-19 resources for household employers with links to articles and websites to help you stay compliant and ensure the safety of your family and your employees.
Check back for updates as we will continue to monitor the crisis and post new developments here.
Families First Coronavirus Response Act
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act was signed into law on March 18. Read the details about what it means for household employers and their employees.
FFCRA Tax Credits for Families – how household employers can take advantage of tax credits offered through the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.
Employee Paid Leave Rights – a breakdown of paid leave available to employees and the qualifying reasons for taking leave.
Employee Rights Under FFCRA (PDF) – details the paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave under the FFCRA. This should be posted by all employers.
FFCRA: Questions and Answers (PDF) – questions and answers provided by the US Department of Labor.
FFCRA – What if? (PDF) – This helpful chart outlines many scenarios about how the FFCRA’s paid leave benefits can be used and why.
FFCRA Paid Leave Flow Chart (PDF) – Is your employee eligible for paid leave? If so, how much time can they take? How much should they be paid? This flow chart will help you easily determine employee benefits and employer responsibilities.
Emergency Paid Sick Leave Request Form (for GTM clients only) or Employee Paid Sick Leave Request Form (for non-GTM clients) – employers intending to claim a tax credit for payment of sick leave or FMLA leave pursuant to the FFCRA must have specific documentation from employees supporting their eligibility for such benefits.
Determining Your FFCRA Eligibility – this online tool from the US Department of Labor will help workers determine whether they qualify for paid leave under FFCRA.
Coronavirus Stimulus Direct Payments – get answers to some frequently asked questions on the coronavirus stimulus payments that many Americans will receive.
Expanded Unemployment Benefits – under the CARES Act, expanded unemployment insurance coverage may be available to eligible individuals for a number of reasons related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program – household employers are not eligible for a loan from the SBA to help cover their nanny payroll.
Unemployment Benefits for Coronavirus Under the CARES Act (PDF) – become familiar with the expanded benefits available under the CARES Act and advise any employees who may qualify for them to apply through the labor agency in your state.
How to Make a Tax-Free Payment Towards Your Nanny’s Student Loans – The CARES Act temporarily adds qualified student loan payments as acceptable tax-free contributions to education-related employee benefits.
Find links to your state’s labor department or other government agencies handling the impact of COVID-19.
State-by-state child care actions in response to COVID-19.
Quarantine, Isolation and Stay at Home Orders: What These Terms Mean and Why They’re Different – these terms are often interchanged, which can cause confusion. Here’s why it’s important to know the differences.
Federal and State COVID-19 Resources
Federal and State COVID-19 Resources – materials (including information from the CDC and DOL) to help you stay on top of employee concerns as well as state-by-state links to helpful resources.
Nannies Filing for Unemployment – discusses whether nannies should file for unemployment insurance benefits if they can’t work due to the coronavirus pandemic.
A State-by-State Guide to Getting Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Benefits – Money has created a guide to navigating every state’s PUA application process.
Managing Household Employees
Creating a Return to Work Plan for Your Nanny – Before asking your nanny to come back to work (or hiring a new one), thoughtfully construct a return to work plan to keep everyone healthy and safe after the pandemic.
Screening Employee Temperature Upon Return to Work (PDF) – Even with an OK to return to work, that doesn’t ensure the coronavirus won’t continue to spread. Can you take an employee’s temperature as a precaution upon returning to work?
FAQs: Employing Household Workers During and After the COVID-19 Pandemic – if you plan to have an employee in your home during or after the COVID-19 pandemic, you may have health and safety concerns.
Helpful Tips When Employing a Nanny During the Pandemic – If you’re considering bringing back or employing a nanny for the first time, follow these four tips to help create a safe work environment for your caregiver.
How to Successfully Work from Home with a Nanny – With the proper planning and good communication, you can create a successful work-from-home situation that benefits you, your children, and your nanny.
COVID-19 Scenarios and Benefits Available to Your Nanny – With new laws in effect that provide paid sick and family leave as well as expanded unemployment benefits to many employees, here is what may apply to your nanny.
Top 10 Questions from Household Employers During the COVID-19 Pandemic – we answer some popular household employer questions to bring some clarity around household employment, give you some confidence, and help you make smart decisions.
Is a Nanny Share the Right Childcare Choice for You During the Pandemic? – Forming a nanny share could be a way to reduce the costs of private, in-home care while also providing a safer environment than a daycare center.
Paying Your Nanny During COVID-19 – a look at different scenarios for families in determining whether to keep paying their nanny if they aren’t working during the health crisis.
Best Practices for Household Employers During COVID-19 – a discussion of questions to consider and practices to implement as you navigate this situation with your employee.
Employee Compensation and Benefits During Closures and Furloughs (PDF) – a summary of the issues that employers may encounter when terminating or suspending employment due to COVID-19.
Talking with Children about COVID-19
It’s hard enough for adults to keep up with everything that’s going on, so for children, it’s even more confusing. Here are some helpful resources to assist you in talking to your kids about the coronavirus pandemic:
- Just for Kids: A Comic Explaining the New Coronavirus from NPR
- Child Mind Institute: Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus
- PBS Kids: How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus
- Brain Pop Video: Coronavirus
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Links
Household Payroll Services
GTM Payroll Services is monitoring developments with the COVID-19 pandemic and taking all necessary precautions to help ensure the safety of our clients, employees, and community. Payroll companies have been designated as essential services and are not subject to closure. Learn more about our business continuity plan.