Posting on behalf of a friend... She is due to employ a nanny for after-school hours and holidays for her 4yo. The nanny has just had a baby and will be bringing the baby with her to work.
A few questions please:
Have you ever heard of a sickness retainer in this situation - where the employer pays additional salary just in case the child is sick or the school is closed? The nanny is asking for this. We are not sure how it works and would appreciate some advice.
The nanny would like to be paid pro-rata to allow her a reliable monthly salary. Is this fairly commonplace?
In this situation would you expect the salary to be slightly lower because of the nanny bringing her child to work with her?
I haven't heard of this but if the employer expects the nanny to be available at short notice if the child can't go to school, then it seems perfectly reasonable they should pay something to have this option. I don't know how much would be fair however. I guess it depends on how likely this is to happen (how often has the child been sick/school been closed historically).
An alternative would be for the nanny to be paid a higher rate on the days this does happen - for example twice normal rate, to compensate for the inconvenience of having had to change her plans. But that doesn't give the certainty that the nanny wants over pay.
Usually salaries are lower if nanny brings own child - I think somewhere from 20-30% lower is usual.
The pro rata bit relates to the holidays when the nanny will be working a lot more hours. She has suggested spreading that cost throughout the year so that she gets an average pay each month. Is this standard? My friend is concerned that she would run the risk of having paid the nanny for more than she's worked then she could effectively leave before the holidays start? Obviously she probably won't but it's not a standard salary agreement in that sense.