Written by Brooke Strickland for Nannies Plus

When you hire a nanny or family assistant to work in your Sonoma County, San Francisco, East Bay, or Marin home, it is very important to create a written work agreement that covers everything related to their employment with you.

This ensures that there are no disputes or misunderstandings about schedule, duties, pay, or other important details related to their position. However, sometimes things change, and you’ll need to update the work agreement accordingly. Here are some examples of situations in which a work agreement should be updated.

Update your work agreement if job duties are modified.

If you add, remove, or change the duties that your nanny or family assistant will be responsible for, adjust the work agreement accordingly. Even small changes to duties and expectations should be kept in writing so there is no confusion on what is or is not required. Not only is it important to be able to refer to the work agreement if conflict or a misunderstanding arises, but keeping an up-to-date work agreement also shows that you respect and value your nanny or family assistant’s time and effort and that reaching a mutual agreement on duties and expectations is prioritized.

Update your work agreement if wages or benefits change.

Paid holidays, sick days, vacation days, health insurance reimbursements or stipends, or other benefit details should all be defined in a work agreement immediately upon hire. If you give your employee a raise, add additional PTO, or start providing health insurance or tuition reimbursement, make sure those details are outlined clearly in the agreement.

Update your work agreement when privacy policies need to be adjusted.

Social media rules or other privacy policies may need to be reviewed or adjusted from time to time. If there are changes in regard to your family’s privacy expectations – whether that means adding rules or terms about posting or not posting photos, password changes, or home security “must-knows” – be sure those are communicated clearly with your employee. Your family – and your home’s – security is of the highest priority. So, be sure you make sure your employee knows exactly what is required so there are no breaches.

Are you ready to hire a nanny or family assistant to assist your family this year? Call Nannies Plus today to start the search. We look forward to helping you find the perfect person to join your family team.