Hiring Household Employees


You have a household employee if you hired someone to do household work and that worker is your employee. The worker is your employee if you can control not only what work is done but how it is done. If the worker is your employee, then it does not matter whether the work is full time or part time nor that you hired the worker through an agency or from a list provided by an agency or an association. It also does not matter whether you pay the worker on an hourly, daily, weekly or by the job.

Household work is work done in or around your home by the following people:

  • Babysitters
  • Caretakers
  • Cleaning people
  • Domestic workers
  • Drivers
  • Health aides
  • Housekeepers
  • Maids
  • Nannies
  • Private nurses
  • Yard workers

Workers Who are Not Your Employees

If only the worker can control how the work is done, then the worker is not your employee but is a self-employed worker. A self-employed worker usually provides his or her own tools and offers services to the general public as an independent business.

A worker who performs child-care services for you in his or her home generally is not your employee. If an agency provides the worker and controls what work is done and how it is done, then the worker is not your employee.


You made an agreement with John Peters to care for your lawn. John runs a lawn care business and offers his services to the general public. He provides his own tools, provides his own supplies, hires any workers he needs, and pays any helpers he needs. Neither John nor his helpers are your household employees.

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