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Utah tax and labor law guide

Household employment requirements for families hiring a caregiver in Utah

Finding helpful Utah nanny tax information is not always easy. That’s why we’ve combined all the state and federal tax and labor law information you’ll need! Check out the information below that HomePay is here to help with.

Checklist for Utah 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 Utah are required to carry a workers’ compensation insurance if their employee works 40 or more hours per week. These policies pay for medical expenses and lost wages if an employee has a work-related injury or illness. Obtain an instant quote and purchase a policy online, or by contacting our partner, Clarke White, at 804-267-1210 or wcnanny@allrisks.com.

Wage notice

Utah household employers are required to provide a written wage notice to their employee at the time of hire that includes:

  • The employee’s hourly rate of pay;
  • When paydays will occur;
  • How the employee will be paid (i.e. direct deposit, check, etc.).

Employment posters 

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

During employment 

Minimum wage rate

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

Utah 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 

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

The information contained in this article is general in nature, may not be applicable to your specific circumstances, and is not intended to be a substitute for or relied upon as personalized tax or legal advice.

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