In the process of hiring a nanny, you will probably discuss working hours, responsibilities and pay rates. But have you mentioned how much paid time off your nanny will get? And how will sick days be handled?
It’s important that you don’t forget to negotiate these factors. A nanny job is just like any other job, and that means it should come with some benefits – such as overtime and paid time off. When you have discussed these details, make sure you add them to your nanny contract.
Here’s what you should talk about:
The holidays are a busy time for families and caregivers. It’s natural that caregivers will request paid holidays to enjoy these days each year with their families. Work together to negotiate and compromise on days off that work for everyone. They may ask for extra hourly pay on holidays you ask them to work, or perhaps they will be happy to work some of those days – as long as they have family occasions, such as Christmas Day, off.
Having the chance to kick-back, relax and recharge is a necessity for everybody. Nannies are not exempt from this, and they will definitely need a chance to recuperate after caring for your children. Ten days paid vacation is the average across Canada, however, this does differ between provinces. Discuss what your nanny expects with paid vacation time and use the ten-day average as a starting point.
Many families try to coordinate their nanny’s vacation time around family vacations, so they’re not left scrambling to find backup child care. Maybe your nanny takes one week off during the summer, while your family is away, and then has one week to use whenever they want.
Set rules for using these vacation days. For example, how much notice does your nanny need to give you before their requested days off? How will she let you know: in-person, text or email? Can she split the days up or does she have to use it a week at a time?
When a nanny is around kids all day, it’s inevitable that she’ll get sick. While paid sick days aren’t as common as paid holidays and vacation, it is a benefit that many nannies may request – and it may be a perk that makes your employment more appealing. It’s most common for families to provide four or five days, but you should agree on an amount that is best for everyone.
Again, how much notice does your nanny have to give you – should they let you know at least 2 hours before their shift starts? Should your nanny provide a medical note, as proof of illness, after a certain amount of days?
Plan for your nanny’s sick day now by weighing your 5 Options for Backup Care.
Providing this paid time off is a great way to show your nanny that you appreciate them and everything they do for your family.
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