IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING HIRING A PRIVATE INDIVIDUAL VS. USING AN AGENCY, HERE ARE SOME FACTS YOU MAY WANT TO CONSIDER:
The state of Virginia regulates the home care industry just as strictly as insurance companies are regulated. This should give you a peace of mind to know the accountability level a home care agency must submit to.
1 – It is a Virginia state law to treat a domestic worker as an employee. A domestic worker is any person you hire privately to help you privately. It could be a lawn worker, painter, caregiver, etc.
2 – If you have more than 2 people helping you, you are required to carry workers compensation on them. You must pay their taxes and issue a W-2.
3 – You must be able to prove the individual is a US citizen or has the right to work in the U.S. There are appropriate forms to file for this.
4 – You must post the same labor posters in your home that an agency is required to post.
5 – You are liable should the individual get injured in your home or on your property. The penalty for not having Workers Compensation is huge if you have more than 2 individuals working privately for you.
6 – Before hiring anyone off the street, make sure you get their permission to run a criminal and sexual offender background on them.
7 – Before allowing the individual to drive you around, make sure you know what is on their driving record. Also, find out if they have auto insurance coverage.
Using a home care agency may cost you a little more, however, doing things right the first time can eliminate expensive problems down the road.
Call me today for a confidential consultation if you have questions at 804-614-6193.