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Household employment requirements for families hiring a caregiver in Ohio

Families hiring a household employee in Ohio need to be organized and well-read on nanny taxes before their employee begins working in their home. To help you out, below is all the tax and payroll information you’ll need to know to be a successful household employer and what HomePay is here to help with.

Checklist for Ohio household employers

We know you’re busy so here’s a quick “to-do” list with links to extra details below.

Beginning of employment 

During employment 

Optional benefits for your employee

Ending employment

Beginning of employment 

Workers’ compensation

Household employers in Ohio are required to get coverage for workers’ compensation insurance. These policies pay for medical expenses and lost wages if an employee has a work-related injury or illness. To acquire a workers’ compensation policy, please contact the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation at (800) 644-6292.

Employment posters

Families in Ohio are required to notify their employee of their rights by sharing these posters

During employment 

Minimum wage rate

The current minimum wage in Ohio is $7.25/hour.

Ohio overtime requirements

  • Live-out employees must be paid 1.5x their hourly rate for all hours worked over 40 in a workweek.
  • Live-in employees are not required to be paid overtime. 
  • Overtime is not required to be paid when work is performed on a holiday. 

Optional benefits for your employee 

Health insurance

Families with only 1 employee can make contributions toward their employee’s health insurance premiums and treat the amount as non-taxable compensation. In this scenario, neither the employee nor the employer are required to pay any taxes on that portion of the compensation.

Families with 2 or more employees have 3 options:

  1. Set up an Individual Coverage Health Reimbursement Arrangement (ICHRA).
  2. Set up a Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangement (QSEHRA).
  3. Purchase a policy through SHOP (Small Business Health Options Program). 

Visit our health insurance page for more information about these options.  

Mileage reimbursements

The current federal mileage reimbursement rate is $0.56 per mile and only covers miles driven by your employee while on the job. Miles driven commuting are not eligible for reimbursement.

Ending employment 

Managing unused PTO 

Ohio household employers do not need to pay their employees for unused vacation and/or sick time.

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