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A Cautionary Tale, Based On A True Story
Tom and Helen Conway were the storybook American family, until their live-in housekeeper Greta met a labor lawyer online, who said that the Conways had been paying Greta far less than they should have, for the past eight years. Now, Greta told them, she wanted them to meet her at her lawyer’s office the next morning to talk about “making things right”.
The meeting with Greta’s attorney was already scheduled, she told them, for 10:00 the next morning, at the attorney’s office. Hoping to get this over with and put it behind them, they quickly agreed…
This is the next installment a story that I wrote for FamilyAffaires.com, published in installments, about what can go wrong for you and your family when you hire caregivers privately (or through non-employer “referral agencies” or “registries”), if you do not know and follow the various state and Federal labor laws and tax withholding and reporting laws.
Many people don’t know that when they are “household employers” they are responsible for following virtually all the laws that apply to commercial employers. Those laws include wage and hour laws, minimum wage laws, overtime pay laws, payroll tax withholding laws and more. The only people who win in this highly-sensitized atmosphere are the tax-hungry government bureaucrats who want their tax money, penalties and interest, and the trial lawyers who sue families for huge back pay claims.
Think this all sounds far-fetched? Read and see for yourself: Caregiving: How To Lose Everything By “Saving Money”, published at FamilyAffaires.com
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