January 18th, 2017 by admin
Make sure you confirm employees before they start work in your household. It is worth the few extra dollars to employ properly, especially if you are in a high profile role.
Billionaire private equity executive Wilbur Ross told the Senate Commerce Committee that when he hired the worker in 2009, the person provided what looked like a valid driver’s license and Social Security card. After Ross was nominated by Trump, he asked all his household staff to provide such documentation again.
“When I was getting ready for this hearing I wanted to recheck all our present and former employees,” Ross said, adding that all but one of about a dozen workers provided the right documentation.
“This one employee was unable to and therefore was terminated,” Ross said. The entire process happened in the last month.
Ross sorted out the matter in advance of the hearing with committee Chairman Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) and the committee’s top Democrat, Sen. Bill Nelson (Fla.). Both men thanked Ross for being forthcoming about the matter.
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January 13th, 2017 by admin
Here’s a nice piece from Time Magazine about the White House Staff. There are always great service teams behind any position of power or influence. It’s great to see the recognition, even though the true service pro never needs the accolades!
When President Barack Obama was first introduced to the residence staff at the White House—the approximately 100 maids, butlers, chefs, florists and ushers who make it tick—he had a look of surprise on his face. Like most people, he never realized how many people it takes to handle the 55,000-sq.-ft. Executive Mansion. When First Lady Michelle Obama introduced her East Wing aides to the residence staff in the elegant East Room, she told her team, “We are on their ground now.” The Trumps would be wise to turn to these staffers who have helped make the imposing building feel like a home for every First Family since John and Abigail Adams…
Source: How the White House Staff Welcomes a New First Family
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January 10th, 2017 by admin
The job hunt is evolving. Stay tuned for changes coming soon, even in our little industry!!
According to Glassdoor’s newest report on job trends, there are close to 6 million jobs to be filled right now, a record number since the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics started tracking job openings in 2000. Another growing trend is that nearly every employer is hiring for tech roles. A recent report from job market analytics firm Burning Glass found that there were as many as 7 million job openings last year that required coding skills.So if you’re among the 40% of workers who are actively looking for anew position or planning to hunt in 2017, here are some things that will play into how you find and land that new job.
YOU MIGHT GET YOUR BEST JOB OFFERS WHEN YOU’RE NOT LOOKING
In a job market that favors the seeker, the old adage that it’s best to look for a job when you already have one has never been more true. According to a LinkedIn report, 85% of people—known in HR parlance as “passive job seekers”—are employed and satisfied with their position. Yet nearly half (45%) say they’d be willing to talk to a recruiter about a potential opportunity.
If you’re among this group of not-so-active seekers and have tech talent, there are a burgeoning number of platforms designed to help connect you with your next job. The likes of Woo, Jobr, Switch, and Anthology let employed workers post what it would take to get them to switch jobs anonymously. That includes requests for flex work, relocation, and the size of the company, in addition to salary and benefits requirements.
EXPECT TO TAKE ASSESSMENTS
According to the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 13% of U.S. employers utilize personality assessments. About 2.5 million people take the Meyers-Briggs test each year, and it’s used by 89 of the Fortune 100 companies. Nick Shaw, managing director of CEB Talent Assessment for the U.K. and Ireland, says that cognitive and behavioral assessments are designed to find the right person with the right skills that will best fit into an organization—something that’s in the candidate’s best interest, too
Source: How You’ll Search For A Job In 2017 | Fast Company | Business + Innovation
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December 1st, 2016 by admin
As we head toward the end of the year it is always good to re-check the laws and policies for employing household staff. One of the leading experts in the field offers this quick guide to help assess your compliance. Enjoy…
Even an experienced accountant may overlook some of the nuances to tax and labor laws that affect clients who employ nannies or other household help, and with approximately 2 million domestic workers in the United States, chances are this may apply to your individual clients.
These mistakes can lead to fines and penalties for the family, an IRS audit, or a lawsuit from a disgruntled employee. Here’s several steps to help avoid those risks and keep your clients compliant:
1. Classify the household worker as an employee.
It can be tempting to consider a nanny or housekeeper as an independent contractor, issue them Form 1099 at the end of the year, and have the worker pay both the employer and employee taxes. However, misclassification of a household worker is considered tax evasion.
Families who are hiring a domestic worker should know the differences between an independent contractor and an employee. Generally, if you define the work that needs to be done and control how it is done, you are an employer and the person filling this job is your employee. Nearly all of the time, the IRS classifies a nanny as an employee. They should have taxes properly withheld and receive a W-2 at the end of the year….
Read the full list: 7 Compliance Steps for Clients Who Hire Household Workers
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November 29th, 2016 by admin
It is always interesting to question the “behind-the-scenes” of any successful enterprise. Inevitably you’ll find the hard working, unsung heroes of private service!
Absent on IvankaTrump.com are women with whom Ivanka is, presumably, incredibly intimate, but whose lives can not be improved by a modest-yet-feminine, $138 sheath.
These include the nannies, housekeepers, and other members of the Kushner-Trump household staff who keep the floors shiny, linens clean, children busy, and refrigerator stocked. Relying on this kind of help doesn’t make Ivanka and Jared uninvolved, or negligent, parents; they’re just an especially busy dual-career couple who can’t possibly manage all the professional, personal, and domestic demands on their own. Ivanka might think that keeping her domestic employees out of the frame makes her appear like a superwoman who can do it all. But in reality, it just sends the message that she doesn’t entirely value their contributions to her life.
Source: The People Who Make Ivanka’s Life Run Are As Absent From Her Politics As They Are From Her Instagram
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October 31st, 2016 by admin
This is a great, quick tip to remember when talking to anyone about your salary needs. So many make the mistake of framing the salary numbers based on what they personally need, which is the absolute worst approach possible in the personal service business. ALL references to salary and schedule should be offered as a value or benefit to the employer.
You have bills to pay, your rent is going up, and you need more money. We understand—just don’t say it when you negotiate your salary.
According to Lynn Taylor, author of Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant, “I need” is one of the worst things you can say during a negotiation. She told Business Insider:
“By saying you ‘need’ money for personal reasons, you are, by definition, refuting the concept that your contributions are worthy of a higher salary,” she says.
Remember, you’re asking for fair consideration, not a personal favor. Talking about your “needs” may leave the other party doubting both your value and financial competence.
In any negotiation, the other party wants to make sure they get the best deal. If you can play to that, you’ll have a lot more luck than betting on their sympathy. In other words, you’ll be more convincing if you can focus on what’s in it for them.
Source: Avoid the Phrase “I Need” in a Salary Negotiation
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September 18th, 2016 by admin
For the first time in 10+ years there was a major technical issue for EstateJobs. A rare server crash at the job board’s data center wiped out current and backup drives simultaneously on Saturday the 17th of September. (This affected multiple sites on the host, not just ours.) We were fortunate that we use a very professional company to run the database and they were able to restore a 3rd redundant backup of the site. Unfortunately, all data that was added or changed from 9/6 to 9/17 was not recovered.
The second issue is that all jobs emailed by our “job agent” feature during that time are now invalid. You may see incorrect information if you click through any of the links. Please ignore the jobs and job numbers from those emails.
We will be working to update all employers and job seekers about the issue and over the next few working days should have everyone back up to speed. Starting today, keep an eye out for any jobs that you applied for during the missing period. They will list as new when re-posted, and you will be able to apply again.
We regret the inconvenience this will cause some of our valued clients and candidates, but we are thankful that a potentially catastrophic loss was limited to just a few days of data.
If you experience further issues with the site, please email or call and we will reply as quickly as possible.
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August 29th, 2016 by admin
Assistants take note – If you need to get your employers to Burning Man right away, here’s your solution!
If you thought Burning Man was just a steampunk renaissance fair for filthy hippies, like I did, you too may be surprised to learn that this $10 million helicopter is doing taxi service for (rich) people who want to go to the party.
The whole idea of “Burning Man” is basically to create a hub for people to let their freak flags fly, so to speak. I know veterans of the event will say I’m missing something, having not experienced it myself, but based on all the images I’d say it looks like a music festival with less music. (Their site is actually quite informative if you want to know more.)
Source: Burning Man Self-Reliance Festival Now Features Luxury Helicopters
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July 29th, 2016 by admin
Mistakes happen with all things internet. When it happens to us, it gets quickly frustrating that simple errors can’t be corrected quickly and easily. That is perhaps the peril of a large company without direct customer service. Sites like Amazon provide great purchase experiences, but at what cost to customer service?
We’ve all gotten wrong-number calls and texts; some of us have even been on the receiving end of repeated wrong-number calls looking for the same person. But Consumerist reader Ed wants to know why his phone number is listed — twice — as a babysitter on Care.com, even though he’s (A) not a babysitter, and (B) never had an account with the site.Unfortunately, Care.com has no good answers for Ed.
It all started in mid-June, when Ed began receiving unsolicited text messages from people…
Click to read more: Care.com Can’t Explain Why People Keep Texting Me To Babysit Their Kids – Consumerist
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June 28th, 2016 by admin
Interesting that the IMAX brand is marketing to the home theater crowd. They might be very successful in this space, bringing the true movie experience with their brand name and technical patents offered to the private homeowner. Tell your clients to get out their checkbooks for a $1 million theater refit!
Do you have a very large room in your house and $400,000 burning a hole in your pocket? You can pay just under half a million to have a private IMAX home theater installed, but renting movies will cost you extra. At more than 10 feet tall, the IMAX Private Home Theatre is a shrunk-down version of the exhibitor’s 60-foot-wide, 45-foot-high, curved screens, Bloomberg News reports. The basic system for U.S. customers is called the “Palais” setup, for theaters up to 75 square meters — but a set-top box to pip
Source: You Can Have Your Own Private IMAX Theater At Home For Just $400K (Movies Not Included) – Consumerist
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