Nannies targeted by ATO

The Australian Tax Office crackdown on contractors claiming to be business entities to gain a tax advantage has been extended to nannies and nanny agencies operating in cash or contractor roles.

Now more than ever it’s imperative to ensure you are paying your nanny correctly.

Source: A nanny state as taxman turns on mums

By Gemma Jones and Lisa Power The Daily Telegraph August 08, 2012

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Annual leave for nannies | going into negative

My nanny has resigned with a negative annual leave balance?

When you hire a full or part time permanent nanny or au pair, they should be accruing annual leave, accruing at a base rate of pay on the ordinary hours. For a full time employee its a 4 weeks annual leave entitlement  for each 12 months of service, for a part time nanny, annual leave is calculated on a pro rata basis.

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Nannies salaries | ordinary earnings & annual leave

For nannies paid on salaries the federal governments National Employment Standards, sets the maximum hours an employee can work in a week; this is 38 hours for a full time employee.

An employer can’t ask or tell an employee to work more than this, unless the extra hours required are reasonable, which is why most nannies and au pairs are paid on an hourly rate.

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Nanny social media boundaries

Recently I have started working full time from home and as a direct correlation my participation in Facebook has increased. It’s such a great distraction and sadly I’m not updating the Domestic Payroll page but my personal page. I find my business Facebook  page so much harder to write.  For businesses social networking has become such  a mind field of saying the wrong thing and for employers and employees,   a new level of complexity has arisen, requiring even more internal policy and procedures.

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