Six Essential Legal Issues to Know When Hiring A Nanny

Legal considerations that parents need to know before hiring a nanny.


Alyce Desrosiers, LCSW


Approx. 20 minutes


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Child care issues are some of the most common family issues in the workplace, frequently responsible for absenteeism and poor work-life balance. Securing reliable, high quality childcare enhances family well-being, productivity at work and your child's development. At the same time, an absence of clear guidelines for employment practices characterize the child care industry - especially regarding nanny employment.

In this first course of a 3-part series, we explore the legal issues related with employing an in-home childcare provider or nanny. There are important hiring factors such as experience and personality to consider when hiring a nanny, but unfortunately many parents don’t think about the legal issues until it’s too late-- after an IRS notice arrives in the mail, or in the middle of a dispute with the nanny. Learn about the legal considerations that parents need to know in order to minimize potential risks like audits, fines and lawsuits.

The other two courses in this 3-part series are: Interviewing tips to hire the best fit nanny; and Nanny contracts: what to include to give you peace of mind. Enroll in this series, get $5 off (with code: 5-off) and leave feeling confident about finding a great childcare provider for your child and your family!

What you will learn

  • Why are legal issues important?
  • What are the 6 essential legal issues?
  • What the Federal and State laws are?
  • How to comply?
  • What are the risks for non-compliance?
  • How to address these risks in contracts?
  • Next steps
  • Resources and information

Intended audience

Parents who are thinking about hiring an in-home childcare provider (nanny). 

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