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#1 of 12 Old 03-13-2012, 03:09 PM - Thread Starter
 
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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?

 

 

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I don't have a nanny, but my vacation and sick leave at work is all bundled. I can spend it any way I want. You might consider that framing for your Nanny. She already gets paid leave. If she chooses to spend it on vacation, then it won't be paid for sick time. Maybe she should save a few days out for sick days. That's what I do. 


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I am at a daycare and I get 15 hours of pto a month to use as I want, about 60 hours yearly have to go to the holidays we ate closed though. Only 40 can be carried over in the new year. In a few months I will have been there for two years and will get 16 hours a month. I have worked in a position where we got four weeks of with pay and 12 hours of pto a month also but the vacations were at set times. My employer pays 75% of the insurance for me and my dd. We do have taxes on all of our income though and my employer does the typical employee related expenses in full. I am not sure if you get off easy or light by not going that route but your accountant should be able to tell you.
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I'm an employer in a nanny share.

 

We give all federal holidays plus day after thanksgiving, 2 weeks annual & 1 week sick. Take out all taxes. We don't give health but we do give a transport stipend. 

 

I provide paid sick leave because I don't want my nanny to come to work when she is sick and make my kid--and then me--sick. It saves me time off work in the long run. 

 

I also don't count my vacations as her annual leave unless both families are vacationing at once.

 

I also split coverage of her time off with my husband. If she calls in sick, we'll usually split the workday.

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We give all federal holidays plus day after thanksgiving, 2 weeks annual & 1 week sick. Take out all taxes. We don't give health but we do give a transport stipend. 

 

I provide paid sick leave because I don't want my nanny to come to work when she is sick and make my kid--and then me--sick. It saves me time off work in the long run. 

 

I also don't count my vacations as her annual leave unless both families are vacationing at once.

 

I also split coverage of her time off with my husband. If she calls in sick, we'll usually split the workday.



We are similar to Anna.  We don't nanny share, however.  We give all stat holidays, plus 2 weeks paid vacation.  If we take time off I still pay her (although this is a bit different as she will go and work for my mom at those times as she's wanting to get experience not nannying and my mom has a retail business).  If I come home early from work, she is paid for the full day, etc.  Also pay sick days, as I don't want her to come to work sick.  She's only taken 1 in the 6 months she has worked for us and I KNOW how sick she was because she caught the flu I had an it was a bad one.  We don't contribute to health insurance, but that's not as necessary in Canada with free public health care.  My DH also doesn't have health benefits through his employer so it's not uncommon here.

 


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We have a nanny but no official policy/contract laid out. I figure everything out on a case by case incident, this was our first full time nanny so I'm been learning! Our nanny does just about 40 hours a week but works M-Th for us. If I need her during other times, then it can be arranged in advance, sometimes I pay extra,  sometimes I don't because I have been letting her off early for appointments. She is going out of town with me this weekend and I will give her an extra weeks worth of pay for the 3 full days on that she normally would not work. 

 

 

She is getting 2 weeks of pay next month while we are out of town. I happen to know that she is working for another family during part of this time so I was little unsure of how to handle this since she has only worked for us since Sept but figured it was only fair to do her regular pay. She is leaving town this summer for a week and will not be paid during that time.

 

 

We pay via automatic deposit every 2 weeks for the same amount so she gets paid no mater how many hours she works. I don't work her over very often but will let her go early when I can. We pay for sick days. She has had several unexpected medical problems occurring in the last 6 months and 1-2 times a month I have to let her go early or she comes in late so she can go to an appointment. Those are paid for since we don't change her hours/pay weekly. I figure if I ask her to stay late once in a while, it is a wash because of that. She still works some holidays (federal ones not major) or the day after X-Mas this year. I tell her to stay home on some other ones. 

 

 

We cover her taxes and provide a car and a gas card to drive our children around. The paid sick days are a must at least for our family. I have 4 kids and my kids get sick often. The poor nanny has had several NASTY illnesses that she got from my kids, ones that knocked her on her butt for days. Sometimes it happens on her 3 days off, other time she has to take a day or two off. She has had at least 5 paid sick days since the end of Sept. She will work with a minor cold so when she takes off that means she is really ill. 

 

 


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We are just in the process of starting a childcare cooperative with some other families. So, like a nanny share.

We are paying for 3 weeks paid holiday (when everyone together decides what those 3 weeks will be), plus 10 days a year for government holidays, plus 5 sick days.

We are not paying health insurance, but being in Canada her family is covered for basic healthcare. Like, they can see doctors, be hospitalized, have surgery etc without incurring costs. But Canadians do pay for medication. At this point, her family is healthy. If it came to a situation where her family member was chronically ill or needed expensive medication we will deal with it then.

 

We offered to allow her to bring her child during school holidays, but she would rather not.


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We provide similar benefits to our full time nanny, except Health benefits because she already has health insurance.  However instead of two weeks of vacation time, we provide 2 weeks of Paid Time Off that she may use for vacation or sick time.  We also ask that she take her vacation when we plan ours however, it is not necessary that she does.  We do pay her for her time when we are on our vacation regardless of whether she has her own planned vacation or not.  Considering we typically take 2 to 3 weeks of vacations per year she gets that time off and paid as well. So far she has been able to plan her vacations around ours which has been nice.   

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We give our nanny all the paid holidays that my job gives, plus 5 days PTO- can be sick days or vacation depending on what she needs. We also provide all meals while she's working and paid for her CPR training. 

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I've been working for my company for 6 years and I get federal holidays and 2 "personal leave" days a year plus whatever I accrue for sick leave. Not to be mean but why do nannies get SO much paid vacation when starting a job???
 

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I've been working for my company for 6 years and I get federal holidays and 2 "personal leave" days a year plus whatever I accrue for sick leave. Not to be mean but why do nannies get SO much paid vacation when starting a job???
 


imo your job is stingy. 2 weeks paid vacay and 1 week sick leave doesn't seem unreasonable to me for any job. nak.

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Originally Posted by graciegal View PostNot to be mean but why do nannies get SO much paid vacation when starting a job???

 

yeah thats pretty weird.  most jobs ive had if they had paid vacation i didnt even start accruing until after my 1st year of employment.  I do get 3.08 vacation hours now but that's because ive been with the company awhile, before that it was half that.  but i still have to save up all the hours before i can take a vacation


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