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What are Guaranteed Hours and Why is it Important?

, August 1, 2022

Guaranteed hours are a minimum number of work hours that a nanny agrees to work for an employer, as long as they work the number of agreed-upon hours – or fewer – they get paid the same. Any hours worked over their guaranteed hours would be paid on top of their typical pay taking into account an overtime rate for any hours worked over 40 in a workweek. They are helpful because they give a nanny financial security, they help ensure a nanny won't have to find extra work on the side, and they provide them with a sense of stability. You can think of guaranteed hours for a nanny as you would if you were sending your child to a daycare facility. If your child does not go to daycare for a day – or even a week if you are on vacation – you still pay the same fee. The daycare facility was available to care for your child – just like a nanny – you just chose not to use them. In exchange for guaranteed hours, a nanny is guaranteeing their availability to your family during those hours. It is important for both the employer and employee to be clear about scheduling. If issues arise with schedules or availability, it's important for both parties to communicate clearly about any variations in guaranteed hours so that expectations are managed. 

Guaranteed hours are important because:

It gives nannies financial security, which helps ensure that they won’t have to find extra work on the side or risk not being able to pay their bills. It also provides a sense of stability. Nannies can plan for their future knowing exactly how much money they will make each month. Guaranteed hours prevent nannies from having to worry about finding extra work on nights and weekends when no one needs childcare services during those hours--this allows them to focus on providing care during normal business hours instead!

For employers, guaranteed hours are beneficial because they provide peace of mind about having someone available when their child needs care. It may seem like guaranteed hours could be difficult to manage at first glance, but it usually works out to be fair if both parties communicate clearly about scheduling before signing any contracts. Plus, living in an age where technology makes it easier than ever before to share information with others makes this process much simpler.

It usually works out to be fair, but it requires both parties to communicate clearly about scheduling. The easiest way to make sure that you and your nanny are on the same page about scheduling is to have an agreement in place before she starts working for you. Make sure that all of the details are spelled out clearly: how many hours per week, the days and times when the nanny will be working, etc. Then have both parties sign this document. This can help prevent any misunderstandings later down the road when it comes time for payment or other scheduling issues.

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