Seven Benefits of Domestic Employment Law Compliance

Employ your domestic worker the right way. Here are seven ways domestic employment law compliance benefits and protects you, your family, and your employee.

1. Attract Higher Quality Candidates

When you hire a nanny or other household employee, you’re bringing a professional on board. They expect the same benefits and protections of being paid legally afforded to those who work in an office, retail store, restaurant, or other types of workplaces. By doing payroll and taxes the right way, you’ll pick from a larger pool of qualified candidates and have a better chance of finding the right fit for your family. This is especially true now when household employees understand how legal pay provides a financial safety net during a health crisis.

2. Work with a Happier Employee

Your employee will appreciate the benefits and protections of being paid legally. They have a verifiable income and legal employment history when applying for a loan, credit card, or subsidy in the health insurance marketplace. Also, you and your employee will be paying into their Social Security and Medicare accounts. During the health crisis, they’ll have peace of mind knowing they can receive paid leave if they get sick and unemployment benefits if they lose their job. By treating them like a professional, they have higher job satisfaction. This leads to a happier family (especially the kids if you’re hiring a nanny!) and an easier work relationship with your employee.

3. Gain Financial Protections

Workers’ compensation insurance may be required for household employers in your state. The proper coverage ensures that some of your employee’s medical costs and lost wages will be covered if they become ill or are injured on the job. Without it, your employee can sue you for lost wages if they are hurt on the job and you don’t have the required coverage.

4. Avoid State and Federal Fines and Penalties

It’s easy to get caught paying under the table. All it takes is your employee filing for unemployment after you part ways and listing you as their previous employer. They’ll be denied benefits and you’ll come under scrutiny for not paying the proper taxes. Nannies and other household employees are among the millions put out of work during the COVID-19 pandemic and filing for unemployment benefits whether or not they are eligible. Or, your employee is injured on the job and goes to the emergency room. When they are asked how it happened, they mentioned it was at work. The injury will be reported to your state’s workers’ compensation board, which means you’ll receive a hefty fine because you’re non-compliant and don’t carry the required insurance coverage.

5. Reduce the Risk of an Audit

Once the federal government realizes you haven’t been compliant with household employment law, your chances of being audited skyrocket. The audit could just be a hassle if you’re not hiding anything else. However, you’ll likely need to pay back taxes or a fine for paying your nanny “off the books.” According to The Motley Fool, failing to pay employment taxes can cost on average $25,000 in penalties and interest.

6. Take Advantage of Tax Savings

Your employer’s Flexible Spending Account and/or Dependent Care Assistance Program and the federal Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit can cover some of the qualified expenses associated with being a household employer.

7. Enjoy Peace of Mind

All of these benefits lead to one major advantage … peace of mind. You’ll have a solid relationship with your employee and financial protection. You won’t have to concern yourself with fines, penalties, audits, or lawsuits. Even if you are audited for an unrelated matter, you won’t have to worry about household employment raising red flags.

We’re here to help in your domestic employment law compliance. Feel free to call us at (800) 929-9213 or email [email protected] about your questions or concerns about domestic employment law compliance.

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