Do You Need a Nanny Contract?<br />The Benefits of Having An Official Employment Agreement for Your Nanny<br />
Why have a nanny contract?<br />"The contract is essential for clarifying [salary] matters and detailing all the conditions necessary to ensure a healthy and productive work relationship,” <br />Priscilla Gonzalez, director of Domestic Workers United (DWU), an organization of Caribbean, Latina and African nannies, housekeepers, and elderly caregivers in New York.<br />When everyone is clear on a nanny's responsibilities and privileges, it reduces confusion and makes disputes easier to solve amicably when they do crop up.<br />
What Should My Nanny Contract Cover? <br />Duties and responsibilities<br />Work hours and schedule:<br />Will she work full or part time hours? <br />When can she take breaks during the workday? <br />Responsibilities:<br />What is the scope of your nanny's childcare responsibilities?<br />Will your nanny handle any cooking, cleaning, laundry or transportation?<br />Nanny Privileges:<br />When can she use her cell phone? Are guests allowed? <br />Meals:<br />Should your nanny bring her lunch from home or will you provide her meals?<br />
What Should My Nanny Contract Cover? <br />Compensation and benefits<br />o Hourly rate of pay (and overtime pay for full-time nannies) <br />o Frequency of pay (weekly, bi-weekly) <br />o Benefits (vacation, sick days, personal days, paid holidays, plus any restrictions on when your nanny can take her time off.) <br />o Family vacation requirements (Must your nanny travel with you?) <br />o Health benefits<br />o Arrangement for taxes<br />o Schedule for annual employment review and reassessment of compensation<br />
What Should My Nanny Contract Cover? <br />Transportation<br />No cell phone use while driving a car with kids in tow<br />Seatbelt/ child car seat requirements<br />Nanny's car <br />Must have valid driver's license<br />Require regular maintenance of reliable car and insurance<br />Plans for employer reimbursement for gas mileage and wear and tear on the car when it's used for work-related purposes.<br />Family's car<br />Must have valid driver's license<br />Add nanny to household insurance policy<br />Outline acceptable use of family car for work and personal use<br />Agree to regular maintenance of car<br />Employer will pay all car-related expenses or for one tank of gas per week. Anything additional covered by nanny<br />Rules for the use of public transportation, if relevant in your area. <br />
What Should My Nanny Contract Cover? <br />Discretion and confidentiality<br />Personal, medical, career, and financial information of family will not be discussed outside of the family <br />Nanny will not disparage family in any media <br />
Sample Nanny Contracts<br />Your best bet is to hire a lawyer specializing in such matters to write your contract for you (fees will vary).<br />You can also download the DWU's<br />sample contract for full-time nannies or<br />sample contract for part-time nannies as a starting point.<br />Just be sure to consider the following: <br />
Learn More<br />8<br />July 19, 2011<br />To learn more about a nanny contract, read Do You Need a Nanny Contract?here:<br />http://www.care.com/child-care-do-you-need-a-nanny-contract-p1017-q14699.html<br />Want to learn more about child care and families? Go here: <br />http://www.care.com/child-care-articles-resources-p1019.html<br />
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