I would appreciate hearing from people as to the benefits they pay or have paid a full time nanny. If you don't have a nanny, but want to add to the conversation I'd be interested in diverse opinions. I am really struggling with what we currently provide (pay, vacation, etc.) and what I receive from my employer.
Currently we provide two weeks of paid leave per calendar year plus the opportunity for additional weeks of unpaid leave if wanted. (i.e. our nanny travels to Brazil for three weeks last year and this year is spending four weeks so her daughter can spend time with her father);
9 paid vacation days usually cooresponding with the school/federal holidays;
$100/month towards health insurance (1/2 of what she pays for herself and her daughter)
no paid sick leave.
We pay all required employer taxes on the portion of her income she choose to declare (about 1/3) as well as her portion of the SS# taxes. In addition, we pay about $600 in accounting fees every year for the privledge of paying said fees.
This is not a formal benefit but we usually have her daughter as a guest when she has school holidays, breaks, or summer. The kids like her, holiday childcare for a 7 year old is tricky and expensive.
In the past few months she's need to take almost a week off because of sickness (visiting niece contracted chicken pox and then she contracted chicken pox; daughter was sick a bit, etc).
I feel like the benefit package is pretty good in general and certainly competitive but the sick leave has really been lingering in the back of my brain. We were talking about related matters and she asked for sick time.
So, thoughts? Do you provide sick time? If so, how much? If you don't what is your rational?