Nannies Do You Have a Written Contract?

Why Has It Been Harder for Nannies to Find Great Nanny Jobs? This week we have been discussing the results of the Be the Best Nanny Newsletter monthly poll in which we asked nannies why they think it’s harder to find great nanny jobs? Those who participated in our poll answered that illegal immigrants are the number one […]

Do You Have a Written Work Agreement?

Why Nannies Need Written Work Agreements By Tom Breedlove, Breedlove & Associates, LLC A Virginia family began searching for a nanny to care for their new bundle of joy. After an emotionally-draining six-week quest to find the ideal nanny, they hastily agreed — verbally — on a work schedule and hourly rate. The nanny started […]

The Nanny Contract – All Good Things Must End

By Guest Blogger Nathan Hammons, Esq. Today, in our fifth and final post, we address ‘termination’ or ending a nanny contract. It’s not an enjoyable topic to think about. But you need to, as all parent/nanny work relationships end at some point. Advanced planning can ensure that everyone is treated fairly. It can also help […]

Nanny Contracts 202 – Advanced Topics

By Guest Blogger Nathan Hammons, Esq. Previously, we covered the key ingredients to a good nanny contract and mistakes that are commonly made. Today, we delve into a few things that can turn your good nanny contract into a great one. # 1: Trial Period of Employment It’s stressful when a nanny begins a new job. […]

4 Common Mistakes With Nanny Contracts

By Guest Blogger Nathan Hammons, Esq. Nanny contracts don’t need to be intimidating or hard to understand, as we discussed yesterday. Mistakes are nevertheless made, and the consequences can be severe – back taxes, fines, audits, and more. Today we address four common mistakes with nanny contracts that can land you in hot water: # […]

Nanny Contracts 101 – Key Ingredients

By Guest Blogger Nathan Hammons, Esq. Yesterday, we looked at why you should have a nanny contract. Today we explore the key ingredients to a good one. # 1: Easy to Understand Do you shiver at the thought of reading a legal contract? You’re not the only one. Sadly, too many legal contracts continue to […]

A Nanny Contract – Worth the Paper It’s Written On?

By Guest Blogger Nathan Hammons, Esq. Legal contracts can be a pain. They’re intimidating to read, not to mention boring. They’re also extra pieces of paper to deal with in our already busy lives. That raises a question: Is a nanny contract – also called a work agreement – worth the paper it’s written on? Despite […]

NANNY TELLS ALL: Would You Ever Expose a Former Employer’s Private Details to the Public?

Have You Ever Signed a Non-Disclosure Agreement? While checking out at the grocery store this morning I purchased the August 15, 2011 issue of InTouch Weekly. The cover story is, “The Nanny Tells All.” In the cover story, Angelina Jolie’s former nanny, Kirsann Morel, is writing a tell-all book about the actress. Every time I […]

Negotiating Success Part II

Know What You OfferBy Lora Brawley, Yesterday we discussed that it is important to know what you want when negotiating. It’s equally important to know what you are offering before you enter into a negotiation. This is often a very difficult task for nannies. Even when a nanny knows she’s a great caregiver and […]

Negotiating Success

How Nannies Can Get What They WantBy Lora Brawley,·go·ti·ate1. to deal or bargain with another or others, as in the preparation of a treaty or contract or in preliminaries to a business deal.2. to arrange for or bring about by discussion and settlement of terms: to negotiate a loan. Photo above of mother and […]