Employer Responsibilities

A - Class Nannies & Caregivers Inc. have compiled a list of do's and don'ts in having a healthy relationship with your nanny-caregiver.

1. Communication
This is a key ingredient to any relationship. Communication allows you to express your expectations and it allows you to hear your nanny's or caregiver's feedback.

2. Follow the contract
This is the common reason an employer and employee relationship breaks down. A contract is an agreement between two or more people that is legally binding. It can be verbal or written. The conditions that are stated on the contract has been agreed upon by the employer and employee before the employment started. Any changes by the employer and/or the employee must be in writing with notice. For example, if an employer agrees to be home at 6:00 pm it would be best to comply with agreement. If the employer will be late, advise your employee of the situation.

3. Be considerate
If the nanny or caregiver has provided the employer with many favors, please be considerate to acknowledge these favors and provide them with bonuses or gifts to appreciate their hard work.

4. Treat your nanny or caregiver with respect
Your nanny or caregiver is not a punching bag or a stress ball that would absorb your stress whenever you had a bad day at work. Shouting at the nanny or caregiver does not help to address a situation. If the employer is not happy with the performance of the nanny or the caregiver, explain the inefficiencies in a respectful manner.

5. Thank you
A simple thank you does not cost an employer anything but it goes a long way.

6. Show appreciation
Whenever your nanny or caregiver have done extra things, show your appreciation. If the children has been sick and the nanny worked very hard to provide the extra care for the children, show your appreciation for a job well done.

7. Do not underpay your nanny-caregiver
It is never good to be underpaid, if your nanny or caregiver worked more hours than the normal work schedule, compensate them properly. Remember if your boss underpays you too, you would not like it.

8. Issue necessary documents to your nanny or caregiver promptly
Every year it is an employer responsibility to issue a T4 to his or her employee, be punctual in providing this document to your nanny or caregiver. Click the link to view the T4 Statement of Remuneration.

Many employers do not provide pay stubs to their nanny or caregiver, make it a practice to provide this document every month. We have sample pay stub that you may use to provide your nanny or caregiver.

It is the employer's responsibility to issue a Record of Employment upon termination of employment. You must issue your nanny or caregiver a Record of Employment immediately. Click the link to view the Record of Employment Order Form.

9. Documentation
It is very important to document every thing. Just in case there is a complaint or an assessment, you can provide proof.

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