Did You Know?
If you hire a private caregiver, they are your Employee!
As an employer, here are some of your responsibilities:
...Withholding all Federal and State income taxes
(There is no statute of limitations for failure to report and pay federal employement taxes on your employee)
...Withholding social security and medicare taxes
(EDD established the Joint Enforcement Strike Force in 1993 to protect the rights of workers who lose benefits from being paid cash wages "under the table").
...Providing worker's compensation insurance
(If your employee gets hurt in your home or while working for you, the responsibilty is YOURS for all medical costs, missed wages, loss of future income due to the accident, attorney fees, and state penalties and fines)
KNOW YOUR RISKS!
Does this person have a criminal background?
What happens when valuables are missing?
Who is supervising this person?
What happens if you want to fire this person?
What happens if they just don't show up?
Hiring a CAHSAH CERTIFIED AGENCY solves all of these problems and more because all employment obligations are the responsibility of the agency who employs the caregiver!
Requirements for CAHSAH Certified Home Care Agencies:
General & Professional Liability
Workers Compensation Insurance
Pre-Employment Background Clearance
Employee Dishonesty Bond
Pre-Employment Tuberculosis Screening
Service Agreement plus Specification of Fees
Workers are Employees of the Agency