It’s Laura back with my next video where I answer the most asked nanny pay questions. This video is geared towards nannies but I encourage parents to check this out as well.
In this video, I answer the following pay questions:
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Nannies, remember that being paid overtime is the LAW!
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A transcript of the video can be found below:
Hi everyone, Laura from Nanny Parent Connection here.
Today’s video topic is Your Top Four Nanny Pay Questions answered!
These are the questions that I most commonly hear from nannies, so I thought it would be a great idea to put together a video so that more people could get a good understanding of just how they should handle these questions.
Question #1: When is the right time to ask for a raise?
A great time to ask for a raise is when you’re coming to the end of your contract. This is typically a calendar year and the family wants to renew the contract with you. You should also consider negotiating a cost of living rate increase for 2022. The cost of living is going to increase by over 5%, so make sure you factor that in and figure out what that looks like for you and ask for at least that. Anytime the household duties change or you’re caring for an additional child, your rate should also change accordingly. So this could be taking on any household assisting duties, household management duties, or even if there’s a new child born in the family or another child now needs care. These are great times to ask for a raise.
Question #2: How much of a raise should I ask for?
When the family has another baby and that new baby is going to be cared for by you, or perhaps there’s a different sibling that now requires care as part of their role within the household. That is when most nannies probably ask for a $2 to $3 per hour raise. Now for a very experienced nanny, this could look like even more, maybe $3 to $5 per hour or more when additional household assisting or household management duties are being added to the role.
Question #3: What should I do if I’m not getting paid overtime pay?
I get this question a lot from nannies and a quick side note, I also hear kind of a similar question, “Do I have to pay for overtime?” from parents when I’m speaking about what they’re looking for a nanny. Well, the short answer is yes, it’s the law. It’s not a choice and this isn’t something a nanny should have to ask for. It should be something that’s discussed in the contract. If it’s kind of an outlier week and you end up working more than 40 hours in a week, you are required to be paid overtime.
Nannies, if for some reason you’re not getting overtime, pay, you should address that with the family. It is the law. The bottom line is unless you are a live-in nanny, you must be paid overtime for working more than 40 hours in a week. There are some differences in overtime pay laws regarding live-in childcare. But if you’re a regular nanny living outside of the family home, you need to be getting paid overtime pay which is time and a half your regular hourly rate for any hours worked over 40 in a week.
Now to give you a quick sample calculation:
If you’re a nanny working at $25/hour for 45 hours a week and you’re not receiving overtime pay. You would be making $1,125 per week.
Now if you’re working 45 hours per week and you’re being paid overtime for those five extra hours per week. You’re going to be making $25/hour multiplied by 40 hours in a week, which comes out to $1,000. For the five extra hours per week that you worked, you will earn time and a half which is $37.50/hr. You would be making $187.50 of overtime pay per week.
Now if you start to factor that in for a whole year, that starts adding up!. So, make sure you’re not missing out on that overtime pay. If you factor all of this in and figure out what you would be making being paid at your regular rate 45 hours per week for the year versus what you would be making for your regular pay plus overtime pay rate for those 45 hours per week, you factor that in over a calendar year, that’s over $3,000 that you’re missing out on!
So in summary, overtime pay is not something that you should have to ask for as a nanny. Although the reality is that many nannies do need to ask for this because they find themselves in a situation where their employer is not following the law. So if you find yourself in this situation nannies, make sure you bring it to your employer’s attention right away.
Now I’ve put together a sample script of what you could say to your nanny family when bringing this topic up:
“When we were first discussing payroll, I didn’t realize it was a law that I receive overtime pay. Now. I was doing some calculations and I realized I’m missing out on over $3,000 in overtime pay each year. I would like to make sure that the legal labor standards are being met for this position.”
Of course, there are many ways you can bring this up with your employer and that was just one sample verbiage option that you could potentially use if you’re unsure of how to convey this to your family.
Question #4: How do I ask for paid sick leave?
Well, the first step is to educate yourself on your state’s law. There are many different law variations on sick leave across the United States. I know that in Washington state where I’m located, nannies are entitled to one hour of paid sick time for every 40 hours they work. This is typically something that is tracked through payroll, although it’s worth mentioning that it is a nanny industry-standard to receive not only your paid time off but also to be paid that accrued sick time. So just make sure that the law is at least being met and that you’re comfortable with whatever you and your family settled on. Educate yourself on the law and make sure that those requirements for any paid sick time are being met and fulfilled contractually.
Alright, everyone that’s it for the Top Four Nanny Pay Questions answered.
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