The Park Slope Parents Nanny Work Agreement

Park Slope Parents strongly advises that parents hiring a Nanny should implelement a Work Agreement in their Nanny arrangement.  Having a Work Agreement can save a lot of trouble that could have been avoided and is useful not just for you as an employer but your Nanny as an employee. Our Nanny Survey data reveals that one of the main things parents wish they had done differenty was to have some kind of written agreement with their caregiver.  Here, Park Slope Parents talks you through what your Work Agreement needs.

 

DOWNLOAD THE PARK SLOPE PARENTS SAMPLE WORK AGREEMENT HERE

 

COMPONENTS OF A WORK AGREEMENT

A Work Agreement should spell as much as possible out in writing.

 

LEGAL MUST HAVES:

read the New York State requirements HERE

- Regular Rate of pay
- Overtime Rates of pay (The DWBR mandates overtime be paid at 1.5 for any hours over 40 OR if the worker works on their designated day of rest)
- Basis (e.g., shift, hourly, weekly) (NOTE: Paying on the books requires pay at an hourly rate).
- The employers intent to claim allowances (e.g., tip or meal allowances/lodging) as part of the minimum wage
- Your name
- Your telephone number
- Your legal address
- Acknowledgment of paid time off (The overwhelming majority of employers give more than this, but the DWBR requires 3 paid days after employee completes 1 year of work)
- Policies on sick days
- Schedule and number of hours
- vacation specifics (including information how many weeks are at the Nanny's choosing and how many are agreed upon , personal leave, holidays, and hours of work
- regular and overtime rates of pay
- pay day

 

PSP RECOMMENDED MUST HAVES:

 

- Duties (including household expectations)
- Emergency Contact Information for Children
- Emergency Contact For Nanny
- Confidentiality Agreement
- Family/ House Rules
- Trial period*
- Termination Agreement
- Disciplinary action (like probation terms for tardiness).
- Family Policies:
    - TV Usage
    - Discipline Issues
    - Kitchen Privileges
    - Kids and sleeping (e.g., cry it out)
    - Nanny sleeping/ break issues

 

OPTIONAL HAVES:

 

- Schedule for a Raise (Having a raise schedule, including amount, can help avoid confusion and problems later, but may also box you in a corner if your job situation changes).
- Medical Information
- Information about transitions (willingness of Nanny to switch from full day care to part daycare/ part housekeeping; changes if a baby is born)
- Overnight Care
- Traveling with the Family

DOWNLOAD THE PARK SLOPE PARENTS SAMPLE WORK AGREEMENT HERE

 

Be sure to read through the Nanny Survey data HERE to see full breakdown of on the job expectations & neighborhood norms