Annual leave for nannies | going into negative

My nanny has resigned with a negative annual leave balance?

When you hire a full or part time permanent nanny or au pair, they should be accruing annual leave, accruing at a base rate of pay on the ordinary hours. For a full time employee its a 4 weeks annual leave entitlement  for each 12 months of service, for a part time nanny, annual leave is calculated on a pro rata basis.

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Nannies salaries | ordinary earnings & annual leave

For nannies paid on salaries the federal governments National Employment Standards, sets the maximum hours an employee can work in a week; this is 38 hours for a full time employee.

An employer can’t ask or tell an employee to work more than this, unless the extra hours required are reasonable, which is why most nannies and au pairs are paid on an hourly rate.

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Nanny social media boundaries

Recently I have started working full time from home and as a direct correlation my participation in Facebook has increased. It’s such a great distraction and sadly I’m not updating the Domestic Payroll page but my personal page. I find my business Facebook  page so much harder to write.  For businesses social networking has become such  a mind field of saying the wrong thing and for employers and employees,   a new level of complexity has arisen, requiring even more internal policy and procedures.

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Nanny superannuation

Nannies in the home are exempt from super if they work less than 30 hours a week, the moment they work 30 hours or more superannuation should be paid.

Please note if you are paying your nanny as a contractor instead of an employee, you are still obligated to pay superannuation once your nanny works over the 30 hour mark. The ATO website has further information on the this area.

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Nanny share – employment & tax considerations

The main benefit of the nanny share arrangement is to reduce the cost of child care. To get this arrangement to work effectively there is a great deal of research, agreement and discussion that will have to done between the share parents. There is plenty of information out there on the pros and cons on nanny share systems but not very much information on how to arrange payment.

Payment and employment contract issues need to be discussed before entering a nanny share arrangement.

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