Hi, what is the norm. I'm nanny and not been sick before and not enjoying being ill at all, one minute crashed the next. Payment is at employers discretion in contract. Do I offer to take as holiday? As still need full pay to cover bills. Is this the norm in other professions? Want to do the right thing as parents have to find and pay for cover too.
Be aware that your boss may not be able to afford to pay you full pay, assuming that they have to pay for alternative childcare. I am in a fairly well paid profession and my nanny takes over 50% of my take home wage, if it wasn't for a day of family childcare it would be 80%. So please don't feel unappreciated if they don't offer more than SSP. Do you have income protection insurance that would kick in if it is long term illness?
It's not a long illness. But I think I had better sort some income protection insurance for the future. I totally understand about their income too. They do pay me well and I just want to do the right thing.
I have a week sick at full pay in my contract. I have had 9 days off sick in almost 28 years so my employers know that I'm not known for taking this piss. In fact I have an awful cold (day 6) slept about 4 hours last night, face is boiling, body is freezing, I'm at work! My charge gave it to me, DB is abroad until tomorrow and MB is snowed under at work, charge is asleep on the sofa next to me and I'm chilling on the sofa! We'll go out for some fresh air when he wakes up.
Nanny employers can no longer claim back SSP from the state [thanks govt] so your sick pay as well as pay for your cover will come out of their pocket.
The norm [as far as I have been able to work out] is similar for other professions. Full pay up to a certain number of days per annum. In the company I work for [large professional place with all the usual benefits] you get called in for illness over 6 days, particularly if there is a trend of Mondaymorningitis. After 6-10 days [depending on tolerance of company and any chronic illness] they may put you on SSP for any illness for the remainder of the year. And that's for employers who can reclaim your SSP.
I'd suggest calling your employers and clarifying your position asap. If they can't afford to cover you on full pay beyond a couple of days, then offer to take it as paid holiday if they can manage it.
Note: You may have to take the holiday anyway as unpaid later in the year if the family are going away and don't require you, so start saving. Does that make sense?
I'd get some savings in place, and speak to your bank about a temp loan if required.
Well said ' blondes' agree with you totally - have nannied for 20 years. And this is coming up time and time again lately. Would not happen in any other profession unless self employed, which we are not!