Contract Worker or Employee? Tax Liability Rests on the Difference – NYTimes.com

March 13th, 2015 by admin

If this is an issue in the household where you work, you had better get some good professional advice. We recommend GTM.com and HomePay at care.com.

Tax time can be particularly taxing for families who pay an in-home caregiver or housekeeper.If the worker is considered an employee — rather than an independent contractor — you, as the employer, are responsible for paying payroll taxes and reporting the details to the Internal Revenue Service. They’re often called “nanny taxes” but they can apply to other workers, like caregivers for elderly people, too.

How can you tell if a worker is your employee? Some people focus, incorrectly, on the worker’s title, or whether they are full time or part time, said Laura Weiland, president of the Nanny Tax Company, in Park Ridge, Ill.: “In their heads, they say, ‘I just have a babysitter; she’s not a nanny.’” Continue reading the main story Related Coverage

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You Could Be Queen Elizabeth II’s Next Chauffeur

February 25th, 2015 by admin

The Royal Household is Hiring…

Buckingham Palace has posted a job listing (shockingly, not on Craigslist) for its Royal Mews branch, which handles everything from cars to carriage horses. Here’s what you’re in for:

As chauffeur you will work as part of a busy and supportive team tasked with driving members of the Royal Family, Household officials, guests and official visitors. You will ensure the vehicles are well maintained and kept to a high standard of presentation, whilst assisting with the daily administration and management of the Royal Mews Garage. With the opportunity to develop your skills, you will play an integral part in the smooth daily running of the Royal Household.

It’s a 48-hour, five-day week gig and pays £24,000 (around $37k) a year, which obviously isn’t much, but it notes that this is a live-in position that includes room and meals. Also, you’re driving for the damn Queen, which isn’t something you find on many resumes.

via You Could Be Queen Elizabeth II’s Next Chauffeur.

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Duchess of Cambridge’s domestic staff quit to work for the Queen!  | Daily Mail Online

February 23rd, 2015 by admin

A bit of royal news concerning domestic staff…

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are hunting for new domestic staff for their country home after their housekeeper and gardener suddenly decided to quit.It remains unclear why Amy Wood and her husband Colin handed in their notice after less than five months at Anmer Hall on the Sandringham estate in Norfolk.The couple started working for William and Kate last September when restoration work was being completed on the Georgian mansion. They had previously been trusted employees at Sandringham House two miles away, and it is thought that they will go back to work for the Queen there.William and pregnant Kate moved into the 18th Century hall with their baby George in October after it was given to them by the Queen.Mrs Wood, 34, looked after the ten-bedroom house while her 37-year-old husband worked in the garden.He had been doing landscaping and planting work at the hall.

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Houston Company Sues Lawyer, Firm Over Overtime Advice | Texas Lawyer

February 13th, 2015 by admin

Overtime lawsuit

This is the danger of not understanding the proper way to pay household staff. Don’t take chances. Consult with an expert who will guarantee you are protected. We recommend gtm.com and myhomepay.com.

A Houston management company filed a malpractice suit on Feb. 11 against Littler Mendelson and Houston partner Kerry Notestine, alleging that Notestine gave it bad advice on overtime pay for domestic employees, leading to a costly U.S. Department of Labor investigation.

TF Administration (TFA), which manages the “offices, homes, domestic staff and financial business interests of a private individual and her family” brings legal malpractice, professional negligence and negligent misrepresentation negligence; breach of fiduciary duty; gross negligence; and breach of contract causes of action against Notestine and the firm, and alleges that they violated the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Consumer Protection Act.

Among damages, the plaintiff seeks fee forfeiture and damages, including $134,595 in overtime back pay for domestic workers, that the U.S. Department of Labor assessed against it in 2014.

Houston Company Sues Lawyer, Firm Over Overtime Advice | Texas Lawyer.

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Executive/Personal Assistant Weekend Workshop: Silicon Valley June 6-7

January 12th, 2015 by admin
2-Day Weekend Workshop
June 6-7 | San Jose, CA 
Instructors Bonnie Low-Kramen & Vickie Sokol Evans

This highly interactive and jam-packed workshop is geared towards:

  • Personal Assistants
  • Executive Assistants who handle personal matters
  • Private service professionals
  • Concierge staff

The class is designed to develop and fine-tune the mindset, confidence, and tools needed to succeed with the most demanding employer.Workshop Topics Include:

  • Computer Technology, Productivity and Social Media Privacy with Vickie Evans (4 hours)
  • Organization, Assistant Handbook & Checklists
  • Advanced Communication: Verbal, Written, Non-Verbal
  • Ethics & Confidentiality
  • Creative Problem-Solving
  • Event Planning
  • Travel Planning
  • Networking and Mentoring
  • DiSC Workplace Personality Assessment
  • Gender, Ethnic & Generational Issues
  • Dealing with Difficult People & Situations
  • Resources for Assistants
  • Career Management
  • And always some special surprises!

This is for you if you…

  • Love being an assistant but feel stagnant
  • Want to build a stronger relationship and partnership with your manager and fellow staff
  • Need to be as marketable as possible to earn top dollar
  • Enjoy learning and want more tools for your toolbox
  • Want to expand your network of colleagues and resources
  • Are overwhelmed by technology and need simple ways to keep up

Click through for full details via Weekend Workshop Silicon Valley June 6-7.

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Interview Questions from CEOs – The Muse

January 8th, 2015 by admin

Interview Questions from CEOs - The MuseHere’s a great look at some interview perspectives directly from CEO’s. Thanks to Bonnie Low-Kramen for finding this one.

For most positions, it’s unlikely that you’ll actually be interviewing with the CEO or president of a company. But, in case you ever do have a one-on-one with the big boss—or are meeting with someone who strives to interview the same way—why not be prepared?Here are five real interview questions from chief executives pulled from the New York Times’ Corner Office interviews—plus some tips on how to best answer them.

1. The Elevator Pitch

Brian Chesky, CEO of AirbnbI also ask people to summarize their life in three minutes. I’m trying to figure out the formative decisions and experiences that influenced who you are as a person. Once I figure that out, I’m trying to understand the two or three most remarkable things you’ve ever done in your life.This variation of the standard “Tell me about yourself” emphasizes life accomplishments. So, even though you’re asked to summarize, what you’re really doing is picking out a few relevant or meaningful experiences to highlight in a structured manner that brings it all back to why you’re interested in this particular position and company…

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Shop Holiday: Gift suggestions for TV lovers | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

December 17th, 2014 by admin

We need to thank the Downton Abbey TV series for keeping Household Staff in the news. Here are a few recent publications on the theme:

With every new season of PBS’s “Downton Abbey” — back on WQED-TV Jan. 4 — there’s a new companion book. This year’s edition, “A Year in the Life of Downton Abbey: Seasonal Celebrations, Traditions and Recipes” $29.99, St. Martin’s Press written by “Downton” scripter Julian Fellowes’ niece, Jessica Fellowes, takes readers through the calendar year at the posh estate. There are debutantes in May, Scotland in August and “the sporting season” in November, along with recipes for Seville orange marmalade, Irish stew and cream of watercress soup. A second book, “Downton Abbey Rules for Household Staff” $14.99, St. Martin’s Press, purports to offer Mr. Carson’s guidelines for each member of the household staff.

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Five Things You Owe Your Employer – And Five You Don’t | LinkedIn

November 6th, 2014 by admin

Here’s a great article about having balance at work. Remember your employers are people who will understand doing things the right way, and also many of them are great employers outside of the home. Don’t kill yourself by working in an unhealthy way.

Back in the old days there were working hours. You went to work and then around five p.m., you packed up your stuff and went home. If there were an emergency you might stay until five-thirty.Those days are gone! White-collar work, sometimes called Knowledge Work, is never done. Your immediate To Do list might have twenty items on it, but right behind the immediate To Do list is a supplemental To Do list with another forty action items on it and after that list is done, there’s a third one waiting.The old rules have changed completely. My teenagers work at retail stores and restaurants. Their workday ends when they clock out but more importantly, they don’t take their work home with them. The rest of us do.

via Five Things You Owe Your Employer – And Five You Don’t | LinkedIn.

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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth to Hire Downton Abbey-Style Butler

October 2nd, 2014 by admin

A job listing for HRM is always worth reviewing… it seems the pay is quite substandard, but the 40 hour work week and potential to live on site is compelling!

According to Express.co.uk, the 88-year-old monarch is looking for a new Back-of-House manager to oversee the rest of her household staff at Windsor Castle in a role that resembles the job of Mr Carson – played by Jim Carter – who caters to the aristocratic Crawley family on the hit ITV period drama.The position has been advertised on the Royal Household website and specifies for an applicant with experience in operational management and hospitality with a salary of up to £30,000.The real-life Mr Carson will work 40 hours-a-week at the Queen’s Windsor home and even have the option to live on the historical site with lunch provided.The website states: “This is a unique, exciting opportunity to oversee the team involved behind the scenes in the day-to-day running of Windsor Castle; a Royal Palace continuously occupied for over 1000 years, and the home of HM The Queen.”The deadline for applications is October 12.

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DEMA Houston Chapter – Don’t miss it!

September 22nd, 2014 by admin
dema hJoin Us for our next Chapter Meeting
September 23rd at 6:30 PM
Dinner, drinks, and conversation.

Christie’s
6029 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, TX  77057

For more information about the Houston DEMA Chapter:

Brandon Hammock
409.256.9014
Team_Hammock@Live.com

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