Once you have landed the job, you need a document that secures your position and specifically states what your responsibilities are to one another. Yes, parents most certainly have a responsibility to you as you do to the family!
Seaside Staffing Company specifically has both parties sign a contract to assure there is no room for miscommunication. Because we care about our nannies as much as we do about our families, we require that our domestic staffing agreement (contract) is signed by both nanny and family to seal in the family’s guarantee with the agency for a replacement in case things do not work out. Families have also been known to breach their contract with their nanny, so we make sure that everyone is protected. If parents breach their contract with the nanny, Seaside will not represent them to our candidates for a replacement. In many cases, families and nannies seek the extra protection that documentation of a nanny contract provides.
While the nanny contract may not be a legally binding document if taken to court, however, there are some instances in which the contract should protect the interest of both the employing family and the nanny. Immediate termination or resignation, abuse, withholding payment, lapsed insurance policies, and other issues may need to be resolved within a court of law. Because of this, it is important to document the nanny contract.
If the parties involved are using a nanny agency, the agency should keep a record of all nanny contracts and agreements. If the parties used a lawyer, the lawyer should have the nanny contract signed and notarized before filing the contract and issuing a copy to each party involved. If the parties have drawn up the nanny contract without any legal aid, they should sign the contract before a notary public, and each party should be given a copy of the nanny contract.
Securing a nanny position is just the beginning of establishing a successful working relationship between the nanny and the family. A nanny contract plays a crucial role in clearly defining the responsibilities and expectations of both parties, ensuring a harmonious and professional dynamic. At Seaside Nannies, we prioritize the welfare of our nannies and families alike, which is why we require both parties to sign a comprehensive domestic staffing agreement.
The nanny contract serves as a vital safeguard, protecting the interests of both the employing family and the nanny. While it may not be legally binding in a court of law, it provides a documented record that can be valuable in resolving potential disputes or issues that may arise during the employment period. Instances such as immediate termination or resignation, abuse, payment disputes, or insurance matters may necessitate legal intervention, and a well-documented nanny contract can help guide the resolution process.
Regardless of whether a nanny contract is facilitated through a nanny agency, a lawyer, or independently, it is crucial that it is signed and preferably notarized, ensuring its authenticity and enforceability. Each party involved should retain a copy of the signed nanny contract for their records and future reference.
By establishing a nanny contract, both the family and the nanny can have peace of mind knowing that their responsibilities and expectations are clearly defined, providing a foundation for a positive and professional working relationship. Seaside Nannies takes pride in our commitment to ensuring the well-being and protection of our nannies and families, offering support and guidance throughout the employment journey.