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Hiring Temporary Help for the Holidays

This time of year, it’s incredibly busy. Holiday parties, planning for the new year, and getting things set for the next few months, can mean your schedule fills quickly. That’s why it’s important to have all the help you need to make it through as anxiety-free as possible. Onboarding a new temporary household employee can be a huge help. Perhaps you need a housekeeper to do a deep cleaning of your home before guests arrive. Or, maybe a personal chef can step in to meal plan, shop for groceries, and cook regular meals for your family or for those special holiday get-togethers. Here are some things to keep in mind while hiring temporary help for the holidays.

Pay them ‘on the books’

Hiring a household employee – even if it’s temporary – means you need to pay them legally. If you pay your household employees more than $1,000 in a year, the law requires that you pay unemployment taxes. If you pay more than $2,400 in wages this year, you are also required to pay Medicare and Social Security taxes. If you don’t pay these and the IRS finds out, you could face hefty fines or other penalties. Not sure where to begin? We partner with household payroll companies that specialize in household employment, so you can get your questions answered and sign up for services that ensure you’re within tax compliance.

Include temporary benefits

Even if you are only planning on hiring a temporary employee for a few months, think about what type of temporary benefits you can offer to attract and retain the most qualified employees possible. If you only plan on employing the person for a few weeks or months, you likely won’t need to offer health insurance, but consider what types of temporary benefits you could provide, such as tuition reimbursement, a one-time bonus for holiday travel, payment for transportation costs to and from your home, or money to partially cover their medical care or medical expenses.

Did you know that our team at Household Staffing can place a qualified employee in your home in three to 10 days? You’ll soon be able to have the extra hands you need to make the end of 2022 and the beginning of 2023 smooth and stress-free.

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