Wednesday, June 2, 2010

NYS Set to Pass New Law Offering Certain Protections to Nannies & Other Domestic Workers

New York Expected to Give Protections to Nannies

The NYS State Senate this week passed a bill that would require paid holidays, sick days and vacation days for domestic workers, along with overtime wages. It would require 14 days’ notice, or termination pay, before firing a domestic worker.

Wee Care Nanny has long encouraged our clients to offer these workplace guarantees to their nannies, housekeepers and other domestic workers. In fact, we strongly advise and help clients put together a Family/Nanny Worker Agreement that covers the particulars of each job, responsibilities, salary, vacation time, sick days, overtime and notice of termination. This helps to ensure there is no ambiguity going forward which could lead to misunderstandings, resentment, poor job performance, absenteeism and resignation or termination. Moreover, we have found that such measures are in both parties best interests for several reasons:

  • It reduces turnover significantly and helps to retain experienced and professional caregivers and other domestics.
  • It makes for a better employer/employee relationship-and the dividends get passed onto the children in the form of unconditional love and care.
  • If you treat someone like a professional they are more apt to act professionally and really engage, motivate and help educate their charges.
  • It's simply the right thing to do for a person you entrust to care for your most valuable and irreplaceable "possessions".

    Fortunately, most of our clients already understand the importance of offering basic workplace guarantees and reap the benefits such protections help to ensure for their loved ones.

    Posted by Wee Care Nanny Agency