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Do I need a nanny contract or work agreement?

nanny contract or work agreement is not legally required under Federal law, but you SHOULD take the time to write one up anyway. It is a best practice that protects the family and provides a point of reference to both parties when there are questions or misunderstandings.

A written agreement helps the family and nanny avoid many conflicts as the details are spelled out in advance. Additionally, if a formal dispute arises (wage and hour complaint by the nanny for example) you have formal documentation to rely on.

A formal nanny contract or work agreement protects the family as well as the nanny.

Send Me Nanny Work Agreement Advice

Please note that Montgomery County, MD requires that the family offer the nanny a written work agreement. The two parties may either enter into the formal agreement, or the nanny must sign a waiver stating that she was offered, but declined, the written contract.

Employers in New York, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Massachusetts and California must provide a written Pay Rate Notice at the time of hire, annually there after, and any time there is a change in the hourly pay rate.


» California Mandatory Pay Rate Notice (PDF)
» New York Mandatory Pay Rate Notice (PDF)
» District of Columbia Mandatory Pay Rate Notice (PDF)
» 10 Tips: Writing the Nanny Work Agreement (Includes link to downloadable PDF sample nanny contract)
» Free Sample Work Agreement

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