[Parentsgroup-list] practice for nanny's pay when we are off on vacation?

Meeta Sharma Gupta meeta at eecs.harvard.edu
Tue Sep 9 13:13:57 EDT 2008

Hi all,

this was quite helpful. We never had this discussion with her when we
hired her, and i just wanted to be sure about what to do. I think this
makes sense, she should not have to suffer because we are going on a

thanks again,

> We also pay our nanny when we're on vacation.  We worked it out when
> she was hired that she'd get 2 weeks of paid vacation, one that she
> picks and one that we pick.  If we go away for more vacation then
> that, she gets paid for that too.  I think otherwise the pay is too
> uncertain; if a family suddenly decides to go away for a month (or 30
> random days throughout the year), the nanny shouldn't suffer the loss
> of pay for a decision that was out of her control.
> I know that not everyone offers paid vacation, but I think that's
> generally for cases when the nanny chooses how much time to take off,
> rather than for when the family decides to go away.
> Laura
> On Tue, Sep 9, 2008 at 12:47 PM, Christine Wenc <christinewenc at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> In my opinion, this is something that should be discussed when you
>> hire the nanny so that everyone is on the same page.  But basically I
>> think the nanny should be paid while you are on vacation unless you
>> made it clear to her when you hired her that she would not be paid
>> when you are on vacation, and she took the job knowing that was the
>> case.
>> I have paid babysitters when I canceled at the last minute, or when I
>> was going to miss a regularly scheduled "sitting."  I figure that this
>> is the way I'd like to be treated if I was the babysitter/nanny and
>> relied on this job for my living expenses.
>> I also think that caregivers of young children should be treated like
>> queens/kings as often as possible! since this can really boost morale
>> for everybody.
>> My 2 cents,
>> Christine
>> On 9/9/08, Meeta Sharma Gupta <meeta at eecs.harvard.edu> wrote:
>>> Hi all,
>>> I wanted some advice as what the general framework is for nanny's pay
>>> when
>>> one is off on vacation. We are planning a 2-week vacation, and we have
>>> a
>>> full-time nanny. I was wondering if we are supposed to pay her the
>>> salary
>>> for those 2 weeks? Or how does it work?
>>> Thanks,
>>> Meeta
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