Are You A Customer Or An Employer??

Posted on February 7, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Do you remember the news story last year about Kobe Bryant being sued by his housekeeper?

The state of California ruled that Bryant and his wife must pay $326 a week in unemployment benefits to their former housecleaner.    The ruling affirmed a decision by an administrative law judge who found that the maid testified credibly that she was forced to quit because she was “demeaned and humiliated” by her employer.

While the story is interesting, the most important item about it is  the word  “employer”  in the judge’s verdict.    Kobe employed his housekeeper…and as a result he was forced to ACT like an employer.  In other words, he had to follow all sorts of laws and regulations that he would have been unaware of because he was an NBA basketball player!   And if, in his ignorance he did not follow those regulations, well,  he had to pay.

If  you are the employer of a housecleaner,  YOU will be liable if they fail to pay proper taxes (and they usually do )  on the money that you pay them.  If they file for disability or social security,  you will also be liable for these taxes.    If an individual or an unlicensed company worker is hurt in your home, there is a good chance that you will be sued if the cleaner is facing loss of income and/or high medical bills.  Even though he or she may be a nice person,  they probably will have no other recourse.  There are many other reasons why you place yourself at risk when hiring an individual – have you done a thorough background check on this person?   Do you even  know their home address?

When you are the CUSTOMER and you hire a reputable service, the company carries the burden of  payroll taxes, workman’s comp, and liability insurance so you don’t have to.  A  professional company will also do criminal background checks and provide ongoing training and guarantee their work

When you hire a professional service you are avoiding all these risks.   Why would you put yourself  in danger to save a few dollars?    The smart choice is to be the CUSTOMER –  not the EMPLOYER.

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Raina Raflo owns Sponge & Sparkle, Atlanta’s oldest and most reputable independent maid and house cleaning service. (404) 633-9652.

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