Household Employee

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Definition of 'Household Employee'

A household employee is a person who works in or around your home, providing services such as cleaning, cooking, or childcare. Household employees are not considered to be employees of the company you work for, and they are not covered by the same laws as other employees.

There are a few things you need to know about household employees before you hire one. First, you must be sure that the person you hire is eligible to work in the United States. Second, you must pay the household employee the minimum wage and overtime wages, if applicable. Third, you must withhold federal income taxes and Social Security taxes from the household employee's wages. Fourth, you must file an annual Form 1040-S with the IRS for each household employee you hire.

If you are not sure how to comply with the laws governing household employees, you should consult with an attorney or accountant.

Here are some additional tips for hiring household employees:

* Be clear about the job duties and responsibilities of the position.
* Write a job description and have the household employee sign it.
* Set a wage that is fair and competitive.
* Provide the household employee with a written contract that outlines the terms of employment.
* Make sure the household employee has the proper insurance coverage.
* Give the household employee a copy of your tax identification number.
* Keep accurate records of all wages paid, hours worked, and taxes withheld.

By following these tips, you can avoid any legal problems and ensure that you are treating your household employees fairly.

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