Just out of interest, if your nanny gets a parking ticket in your car while shes in charge of the children, do you pay? Or would you expect her to? Shes just left me a message to say that she got a ticket this morning while dropping off at a playdate and to apologise. Which makes me think she assumes Ill pay. Which I probably will, as its the first time, but dont want it to become a habit is it just a cost of having a nanny that I hadn't budgeted for?
I don't have a nanny but I don't see why you should pay, presumably she igmored some parking restriction or another and it was her fault. If I had a company car and parked on a yellow/overstayed in a car park and got a ticket I wouldn't expect them to fork out, even if on company business.
It may be more diplomatic to tell her that you will pay for this ticket but that you will not pay for any others, otherwise she may think she can just park willy nilly because you will stump up, which is not on.
Can't see how you could be responsible in any way for your nanny getting a parking ticket, thus why should you pay? If you told them to park in a particular place, knowing full well that by doing so it would be in breach of parking regulations, then I feel you share the blame... but I would expect that isn't the situation here. Your nanny choose to park their (or your) car in an unsuitable place and thus I feel it is the nanny who should pay the fine.
My nanny had a parking ticket once and I paid - not because she asked me or expected me to though, it was just to be helpful/good employee relations/because she is so nice etc. And I am sure it was a one-off for her. So I don't think your nanny would be right to assume you should pay.
I'd tell her that under no circumstances do you believe it is your responsibility to pay and that you definitely won't be paying for any parking tickets/speeding fines in the future, but since it is the first time, and it is something you hadn't discussed before, you will pay it this time only. It sounds like she expects you to, and it might not be worth the trouble of upsetting her so soon in to your relationship iykwim
phraedd - in your case, i would have expected the parents to pay, you expect to be able to park your car at your work as a nanny, and sounds like the parents didnt park their cars properly or if no parking for employers to sort out parking permits (as my friends one does) to allow to park on road