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What You Should Get in Writing from Your Employer

Description of Positions Average Weekly Wage
Nanny for One Child Only (no housekeeping) $450 or $11/hr
Housekeeping Only $480 or $12/hr
Nanny for one child + light housekeeping $560 or $14/hr
Nanny for two children $600 or $15/hr
Nanny for twins $640 or $16/hr
Nanny for two children + light housekeeping $680 or $17/hr
Nanny for three children $680 or $17/hr
I Nanny for three children + light housekeeping $720 or $18/hr

It is important to get the terms and conditions of your employment in writing. This will ensure that you and your employer will know what is expected of each other. If it is signed, it can also be enforced in a court of law. The contract, or agreement should include the following:

  • The hours and wages per hour. (It should also include the work schedule.)
  • Holidays and vacation time.
  • Personal days and sick time.
  • Health benefits.
  • Length of the employment (it should also tell how much notice must be given to terminate the contract).

Keep all your records in a safe place. Do not give them to your employer to keep for you. If your employer insists on keeping them, give him/her a photocopy but not the original.

Safety measures

Make sure that others know where you work. If you have a bank account, you should be the only one to have access to it. Make sure that you receive your wages directly. You should make the deposits to the bank and not your employer (except in the case of direct deposits)

Your pay

Your employer may deduct certain costs — but only these described below as required by law —such as Social Security and income tax. Those which you consent to in writing such as health insurance premiums, pension payments and union dues. If your employer provides you with meals and a place to stay – he/ she can only deduct :

  • $ 1.75 for each meal
  • $2.20 per day for accommodation
  • $4.10 per day for an apartment with utilities.

Your employer MAY NOT:

  • Deduct money if you broke or spoiled something accidental ly
  • Deduct travel expenses if you are traveling with your employer
  • Deduct insurance premiums for workers compensation or unemployment benefits.

Payment in cash under the table?

This can be a disadvantage to you. It makes it easier for the employer to avoid paying worker’s compensation, unemployment insurance and social security which means that it makes it harder for you to prove your eligibility for benefits. (While workers compensation is available to all workers regardless of immigration status, you must be work authorized to receive unemployment insurance and social security.)

If you work at employer parties or functions

Your employer cannot demand or accept directly, indirectly any part of the tips received by an employee. If you were given tips, your employer is still required to pay you the minimum wage and overtime.

Note: The wages mentioned above are an average weekly wage for a 40-hour work week.