Am sorting out contract details-what should I do about her holiday pay? My old au pair contract offered 2 weeks paid, but this will cost me a lot more than that did-and she doesn't work full time for me, should I just pay 3/5 ths of a 2 week holiday??? Also, when we are going away ourselves obviously she won't want to come along, as she is a newlywed. Do I have to pay her then too for doing nothing, or should I pay her but ask for her to do the hours another time to make up.
You pay her normal rate for holiday pay. A two week holiday would be 6 paid days.
Yes, you should pay her when you are away (but can't you say that she has to take her holiday at the same time as you?). Don't know if this is out of line, but can you think of some projects for her to do while you are away?
majorstess, she is entitled to 4 weeks paid holiday by law - but obviously you only pay for the there days she does per week IYSWIM. What we do is agree that nanny picks half the holiday weeks herself and we pick the other half but try to agree...
From what I can gather (not quite there myself), 4 weeks hols per year is standard for nannies, (for a 3 day week = 12 days), of which you set the dats for half (e.g. while you are on holiday) and the nanny sets the dates for half.
I'd be interested in answers to your other Q tho: what does nanny do if your away but she's not on leave?
if you work a 3 day week by law you are entitled to 12 days PAYED holiday per year.
Conventionaly the employer will choose 6 and the nanny 6
Legally the 12 days CAN include bank hols, and the employer can choose them all, in reality i dont think any nannies would agree to that!
Im a nanny and i certainly wouldnt...
as for you being on holiday and paying her when you dont need her thats RIGHT...
if us nannies are AVAILABLE TO WORK, but you choose not to want us you HAVE to pay us anyway.
Im a nanny by the way, and my last job was 3 days per week, so i got 12 days per year!
Not sure for non Euro Aupairs etc but for all other staff regardless of employment 4wks pro rota (same working pay)but if it was for a nanny (norm for nannies) it would also (of course) be pro rota & in addition all bank hols (all paid etc)
While we are away and if she is working she does major kids room spring cleans, cooks kids meals for the freezer, sorts out their clothes, organises courses, lessons etc for them...never amounts to more than 2 hours a day, but at least she does something for her full pay....when we come back from holiday, she has done a family shop, then takes the kids off our hands while we unpack etc.
I've agreed with my nanny that she's away when we are, but we give her plenty of notice so she can plan around that. I get 5 weeks holiday a year so so does she. She also gets bank holidays. She may get extra days but that's at our discretion - for instance if dh decides to take a few days off in the summer, which isn't busy for him, to take the kids away then we'll give her those days off too.
She's happy with that arragement. It seems she gets a week more than most but she doesn't get to choose, so probably a fair trade.