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Dec 182012
 

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Today’s post comes from Renee Gardner of nannyneeded.org. For more information about federal laws governing domestic service employees, visit the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division.

After braving the battlefield that is hiring a new nanny, it’s hard to imagine asking your nanny to leave before her contract is completed. There are, however, many reasons why it can become necessary to do so. For nannies embarking on a new post or those who are presently in one, consider these 10 reasons why parents may opt to end a nanny contract earlier than planned:

  1. Failure to Perform as Promised – An eager nanny that exaggerates her abilities during the interview process may find herself without a post as her employers discover her dishonesty. It’s important to be up front and completely honest regarding past experience and working habits during the interview to avoid this scenario.
  2. Breaking of Nanny Agreement – The nanny agreement is an important part of the working arrangement between parents and their childcare provider. These contracts are designed to protect both parties, and failure to adhere to the agreement can cause great strife for both a nanny and her employers. All responsibilities and expectations should be clearly outlined prior to a nanny’s first day on the job, and then carefully observed to prevent turnover.
  3. Personality Clashes – Despite the best efforts of a nanny and the family that employs her, there are times when people simply can’t get along or work together constructively. In this case, there may be no other choice but to end the contract and begin anew.
  4. Substance Abuse and Lifestyle Choices – Nannies who abuse drugs or alcohol, or lead a lifestyle that interferes with her work performance, can expect to be met with disapproval from her employers. Trusting a relative stranger to care for their children is a difficult choice for many parents as it is, even when the nanny in question comes with impeccable references and displays model behavior. Nannies who display questionable morals are justifiably difficult to trust, and as such may be released from their responsibilities before the end of their contract.
  5. Family Moves Away – Should a family be forced to relocate unexpectedly, it may not be feasible to pay for the moving expenses of their nanny. Depending on the situation and the nanny’s ability to move, the contract could come to an unexpected end despite the nanny’s great performance and satisfaction with her job.
  6. Loss of Employment – Oftentimes, nannies are employed to provide childcare due to both parents working outside of the home. Should one parent lose their job, the necessity of employing a nanny may be one that can no longer be justified, as the need for childcare has diminished and the resources to meet the nanny’s salary have been reduced.
  7. Suspicions of Abuse – The rise in popularity of nanny cams and other electronic monitoring devices has led to a surge in dismissals after suspicions of abuse have been confirmed. With most parents, the suspicion alone is enough to merit dismissal.
  8. Laziness – Families generally choose to engage a nanny because they want their children to receive attentive, hands-on care that they might be denied in a large daycare facility. Discovering that a nanny is negligent or is uninterested in interacting with her charges is one of the many reasons for parents to dismiss a childcare provider.
  9. Failure to Enforce House Rules – Though nannies may not always agree with their employers’ rules and parenting style, it’s important to remember that your charges are not your children. House rules that are put in place by your employers must be followed unless you feel that they are abusive, in which case you should contact the proper authorities.
  10. Jealousy – When parents feel as if their children love the nanny more, they can become quite jealous. There are also times when, justified or not, one spouse feels as if the interaction between their partner and the nanny is inappropriate. These feelings of jealousy often result in a loss of employment.

Personality clashes or unfounded suspicions of improper behavior are simply unavoidable in some cases; however, doing your best to live up to your employers’ expectations and avoiding any situation that could cause trouble is your best line of defense against these allegations.

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