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How the law views trial periods
Many families prefer to begin a new employer-employee relationship with a brief
trial period – giving both sides a chance to "live with each other" for a while before
a long-term relationship is formally established. This is a logical step in the
employment process, especially given the personal nature of hiring someone to work
in your home.
However, please know that the law does not absolve families of their tax and legal
responsibilities during the trial period. Families are legally considered to be
employers the first day the employee shows up for work – whether it has been labeled
a "trial period" or not. Therefore, in order to prevent potentially-expensive tax
and legal mistakes, it is important to understand the law and the compliance process
from the outset of the employment relationship.
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