Writing a Nanny Contract: Things you Need to Know

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By HomeWork Solutions Inc. – Simplifying Household Payroll since 1993 HomeWork Solutions, Tuesday, July 26, 2016 7:30 AM

 

What should your nanny contract cover?

Your contract should cover anything related to the nanny’s job. This is the opportunity to be as detailed as possible. It should cover all of the basics such as:

  1. Childcare duties & work hours:
    Clearly outlining what you expect your nanny to do is very crucial. Will you require the nanny to prepare meals, pick up or drop off children from school, bring them to medical appointments, or help with homework? These things should be indicated in the work agreement so it is clear right from the get go.
  2. Wages, overtime rates, and pay schedule:
    Be sure to define what your nanny will be paid, including gross hourly wages (amount paid before taxes are withdrawn), net wages (actual paycheck amount), employment taxes, and income taxes. In addition, write out what the overtime pay policy is and establish a pay day schedule. Do address how the nanny will be compensated when the family doesn’t need her for a day or more – most nannies expect a guaranteed weekly pay rate every week, whether the family goes away or not.
  3. Benefits (including paid holidays, health insurance, and vacation):
    These are often negotiable, unless they are already established by state law. Definite paid time off and paid holidays carefully by indicating which ones are and are not included.
  4. Termination Clause: 
    Including a termination clause into the nanny contract will help keep both parties protected in the event that termination needs to take place. If the nanny quits, be sure that there is a clause in there that she must provide notice, or if you wish to have the ability to terminate the nanny at any time, be sure to include an “at will” clause that will allow you to do that without negative repercussions.

If you’ve never written a nanny contract and feel confused by what you should include and what should be left out, our team of experienced professionals is well-versed in the process and is happy to sit down and help you get it right. Contact us today for advice!

Resources

White Paper: How to write the nanny contract

Sample Nanny Work Agreement

State by State Rules an Regulations on Nanny Payroll and Benefits

Topics: nanny contract

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The Nanny League highly recommends contacting an attorney to help you review your contract. Lisa Pierson Weinberger is the expert just for you! Check out http://lawofficelpw.com

 

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Spring(fest) has Sprung!

It’s our favorite time of year. Well, our second favorite time of year– next to Fall Family Fest, of course– Club Momme & mom.me‘s Family Spring Fest!

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What is Spring Family Fest, you ask?

A boutique family and lifestyle event that’s both fun and informative! Spring Family Fest features awesome products, new gear and the latest toys, plus delicious food, cool entertainment for kids and a little luxury pampering for moms. It’s a day to be inspired, listen to experts, have fun with the little ones and connect with other moms and moms-to-be.

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We had the best time at LA’s amazing event venue The Fig House connecting with families, celebrity moms & dads, local businesses and brands.  The icing on the cake?  Listening to key speaker, Joy Cho, the amazing mom behind the Oh Joy! empire.  She spoke about her rise to success and finding that work/ life balance we all seek.

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Meanwhile, in Seattle….

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Saturday, April 16th was a big day, full of events for The Nanny League! We met many parents and their kiddos at the 28th Annual Northwest Women’s Show at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. We joined the fun on Saturday amongst fashion shows, free spa sessions, wine slushy samples, makeup trends and more! The Nanny League took part in ParentMap’s ‘Hey Mama,’ a collaboration of family friendly products and services. It was a fun day, buzzing with excitement, entertainment and over flowing swag bags. We raffled off TWO $200 Gift Certificates towards a placement of the winner’s choice! Full-time nanny? Year babysitting membership? Yes, please!

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And they weren’t the only winners of the day!  We were also a proud sponsor at National Nanny Training Day (NNTD) Seattle, hosted by Northwest Nanny Association.  National Nanny Training Day from Nannypalooza.com is an event to bring together nanny related businesses and organizations across the country to provide quality nanny training opportunities to local nannies.  We raffled off $100 gift card to Nordstrom to show our appreciation to nannies on this informative day. We just love giving back to such hardworking, smart and kind people…. kudos!

….And to think the fun isn’t over yet!…

We will be wrapping this month up with three more events:  Mom Trends Travel Event April 19th in New York City; Mercer Island Preschool Association‘s Circus on April 23rd Mercer Island, Washington; and Mom 2.0 Summit Apr 27-29th in Dana Point, California. Please click on the links above for more information. We look forward to connecting with you!

XO

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Training for Nannies on Child Sexual Abuse

 

 

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The Nanny League is super excited to continue our partnership with Stop the Silence: Stop Child Sexual Abuse, Inc. (www.stopthesilence.org).

Stop the Silence: Stop Child Sexual Abuse, Inc. has developed an online training especially for nannies about child sexual abuse (CSA) prevention and mitigation! The training will give you an overview of the the issue of child sexual abuse (CSA) – including trafficking: what it is, what it does, how you can prevent it, how you can detect a problem, and how you can report it.

The training is quick and inexpensive – only $50, via PayPal.

The training will take a total of about 2-3 hours. You are able to take it over a specified two days, and you can go in and out of the training until you finish it over those two days.

You will then be able to print out a certificate at the end to show or give to his/her employer.

You can write directly to the founder & CEO of Stop the Silence: Stop Child Sexual Abuse, Inc., Pamela Pine (pamelajpine@gmail.com) and cc: Nanny League owner, Lindsay Thomason (Lindsay@thenannyleague.com) to sign up with the following information:

Your full name
Your email
Your telephone number

This is really important training and we hope that childcare providers EVERYWHERE will take it.

Once registered, Stop the Silence will contact you to get you all set up and will send you the payment information. As soon as the payment is received, you will receive an invitation email to start your training!

Please help us spread the word.  Thank you!

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The Nanny League Fall Events

The Nanny League attends Fall Fest & Babyfest

Have we told you how much we love Fall? From Back-to-school and Halloween, to pumpkin-spiced everything and sweater-weather, we just can’t get enough of this colorful season! And the real icing on our apple pie flavored cupcake is that we get to partake in family-oriented events filled with like-minded services and brands including Club Momme’s Family Fall Fest and Seattle’s NW Babyfest!

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Babyfest was held downtown at Seattle Center on Saturday, November 7th from 10am-4pm. Moms and dads were greeted with fabulous swag bags filled with baby necessities and gifts for moms. Parents were entered to win thousands of dollars in amazing prizes from top companies in the baby industry, both local and national! The space was filled with vendors from doulas to organic baby food brands, from PEPS to all natural wooden baby toys! Moms and dads came with babies in tow- in strollers, wraps and backpacks. A Nursing Station and a bathroom foyer turned into a changing station added to the family friendly environment. The Nanny League greeted hundreds of parents at the event who were excited to hear about what makes The Nanny League’s nannies so spectacular! We raffled off a 6 month subscription to our elite Sitter Service!

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 the winner of the raffle is Courtney Ostlund. She lives in Seattle and is delivering twins in two weeks. She was excited to win!

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On Sunday, November 8th, six lucky Nanny League nannies got to spend their day playing with the kiddos, chatting with families, influencers & other brands, and were able to represent ultimately what our agency is all about: quality, college-educated professional care!

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We provided crafts for the kids and were lucky enough to get front row seats to the Beat Buds live concert.  Those guys ROCK!  For more information about this AMAZING day, check out http://clubmommefamilyfest.com.  Hope to see you next year!

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Thanks for everything, Fall.  We can’t wait to see what this Winter will bring. She’s got some tough competition😉

XO

 

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The Nanny League: A MomCo App Mom Must Have

We are thrilled to announce that we have been nominated as a MomCo Mom Must Have!  Have YOU downloaded this amazing, informative and Tinder-like app for Moms yet? Continue reading for more information…

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MomCo is a FREE app that helps moms locate other moms that live close to them with similar aged children. Other features include Playdates, a calendar of upcoming family friendly events, a service section where you can find all the local businesses that cater to you and your kiddos.  There are also DEALS section and GIVEAWAYs. They are currently giving away a Safety 1st stroller and a $500 gift card to Target in the Giveaway section in the app located on the bottom of the home screen. There is also an exclusive deal to TotSpot.  Download now to enter the giveaways and access the deals!

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MomCo has quickly caught the attention of moms and the media.  MomCo was the #1 trending app in the App Store after being featured on The Today Show and were named one of The Must-Have Apps for Moms by numerous parenting websites. MomCo is truly a one stop shop that has something for every mom to enjoy on the app. See what all the buzz is about and become a MomCo Mom today!

Click here to watch MomCo on The Today Show

Click here from your smartphone to download today, www.momcoapp.com or search MomCo in the App Store for iPhone or Google Play for Android.

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You’re Invited to the WOW Summit 2015 San Diego!

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The Nanny League and Moms Meet have teamed up to offer you 50% OFF your Moms Meet WOW Summit tickets this year!

The 3rd annual Moms Meet WOW Summit, a healthy living and parenting conference, will take place in San Diego for the first time this October 23-24.

Moms Meet is an online community that brings together parents wanting to raise healthy and happy families and is a partner of KIWI Magazine, the leading resource for green and organic living for parents and families.

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The two-day conference is designed for two audiences: bloggers and parents. Friday, October 23 is dedicated to bloggers and includes blogger-centric workshops, brand networking opportunities and a fabulous cocktail party. Saturday, October 24 is open to everyone and features keynote speakers, educational and interactive workshops and an exhibitor floor that gives attendees an opportunity to meet different brands, taste delicious foods, and win lots of prizes. All attendees will walk away with a huge goody bag, valued over $100.

Register before spots fill up! http://www.greenmomsmeet.com/summit2015-register. Don’t forget to enter your PROMO CODE: NANNY and save BIG!

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National Nanny Recognition Week

Happy National Nanny Recognition Week!

(9/20- 9/26, 2015)

“Gratitude can transform common days into Thanksgiving, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” – William Arthur Ward

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We at The Nanny League are so thankful for all of the nannies we work with on a daily basis. These hard working, passionate, dedicated, educated nannies give it their all for the families they work with, making it easier for households everywhere to run smoothly!

How will you thank your nanny this week? Will it be with a paid day off? Maybe a nice card made by the kids with a spa gift certificate inside. Maybe you reserve this time of year for an annual bonus to show your appreciate for all of her hard work and care she provides.

Whatever we do to thank the nannies and mannies who care for our families, one of the greatest gifts is a continuous spirit of gratitude. Small acts of gratitude go a long way such as a ‘thank you’ at the end of the work day. It’s remembering your nanny’s birthday with a card or small gift. Working in small acts of gratitude throughout the year shows that you honor and respect the care and hard work she puts in each day. These mutual signs of respect and appreciation build long term working relationships that benefit all involved. So, start today! Send a text, write and email, leave a post-it note with a few kind words. Better yet, grab the kiddos at the end of the day, and join them as they stand in the doorway, waving goodbye, shouting sweet thank-you’s as their nanny ends another day.

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“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” –John F Kennedy

XO

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