When you have a nanny, housekeeper, chef, personal or family assistant working in your home, it is very important to have a written work agreement that covers everything related to their employment with you.

It’s crucial for all parties to have a comprehensive work agreement that clearly outlines their schedules, responsibilities, compensation, and other essential job-related details. This agreement serves as a foundational document that minimizes the likelihood of conflicts or misinterpretations. Nonetheless, as circumstances may evolve, it becomes necessary to revise the work agreement. With the new year quickly approaching, this is a great time to get those agreements updated!

Below are a few scenarios that warrant updating the work agreement.

Changes in Wages and Benefits.
It’s essential to establish specific terms regarding paid holidays, sick days, vacation days, health insurance reimbursements or stipends, and other benefits in the work agreement from the outset of the employment relationship. Should there be any modifications to salary, additional paid time off (PTO), or the introduction of new benefits like health insurance or tuition reimbursement, it’s crucial to ensure that these changes are explicitly documented in the agreement.

Changes to the Job Description.
In the event of adding, removing, or altering the responsibilities of your hire, it is crucial to update the work agreement accordingly. Even minor adjustments to duties and expectations should be documented to avoid any potential misunderstandings. Maintaining an updated work agreement not only serves as a point of reference in case of disputes but also demonstrates your appreciation and regard for the employee’s dedication and time. Prioritizing clear communication and mutual agreement on duties and expectations remains integral to fostering a positive and respectful working relationship.

Changes in Privacy.
A social media and privacy clause are critical to effective communication and maintaining the integrity of the household. Clearly defining what your family’s privacy expectations are surrounding sharing of information and sharing on social media should be clearly communicated. It’s essential to establish clear guidelines for what your employees can and cannot share on social media regarding the home, family, and job. Prioritizing the security of the home and family requires effective communication of these specific requirements to all parties involved. This ensures that everyone understands their responsibilities and helps prevent any breaches, thus maintaining a secure environment for all.

The Washburn Agency is ready to assist with all aspects of your staffing needs and work agreements. Connect with us today to speak to a placement specialist.