At Au Pair Care we are focused on providing host families with quality, live-in childcare – while at the same time ensuring a good experience for our au pairs
San Francisco, CA (Vocus) June 10, 2010
The New York State Senate passed a bill last week requiring more paid protection for its domestic workers, including nannies. The new bill could result in increases in the cost of child-care for families, unless a caregiver’s benefits already meet the new standards. Au Pair Care, a leading au pair agency providing live-in childcare services to American families, already provides these benefits for its au pairs – making it an affordable childcare alternative for New York families.
New York is the first state in the U.S. to pass legislation that provides domestic workers with basic labor protections. Known as the domestic workers’ bill of rights, the legislation guarantees protections such as paid holidays, sick days, vacation days and the right to overtime pay and collective bargaining. The bill would also require 14 days’ notice, or termination pay, before firing a domestic worker.
“At Au Pair Care we are focused on providing host families with quality, live-in childcare – while at the same time ensuring a good experience for our au pairs,” said Sarah McNamara, director of matching and new product at Au Pair Care. “The person caring for your child has such an important job. At Au Pair Care we ensure that au pairs receive vacation, a weekly stipend, and medical benefits according to federal regulations governing U.S. Department of State au pair programs. This simplifies the burden on families and also provides peace of mind.”
Au Pair Care’s program offers affordable childcare at an equivalent of $7.50 per hour, plus room and board, which provides families full-time childcare with all program fees remaining the same, regardless of the number of children. Au pairs work flexible hours, up to 45 hours per week. In addition, they perform duties related to childcare such as meal preparation, laundry and cleaning up the play area.
“Knowing I have set time off, insurance, sick days, and local support makes being an au pair easier, as I can focus all my attention on caring for my host child,” said Anita Kuzmanoska from Macedonia, a New York-placed au pair with Au Pair Care.
About Au Pair Care
Au Pair Care (http://www.aupaircare.com) is a leading au pair agency providing live-in childcare services to American families since 1989. Designated by the U.S. Department of State, Au Pair Care offers superior childcare to fit families’ unique needs. Au Pair Care has made more than 40,000 successful au pair placements across the U.S. Au Pair Care is a division of Intrax Cultural Exchange, a family of organizations devoted to cultivating international understanding through cultural exchange and educational programs, with operations in more than 80 countries worldwide.