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Updated: 08/08/2023

The Top Benefits You Should Be Negotiating as a Nanny

Written By: Jami Dennis

Welcome to ABC Nannies & Domestics! As one of the nations leading in-home placement agencies we’re dedicated to providing invaluable insights and resources for professional nannies and household professionals like you, to help you advance your career and simultaneously elevate the in-home industry, as a whole.

If you are a full-time nanny, family assistant, personal assistant or household employee looking a new job, don’t settle for just any ole’ job. Before you sign on the dotted line, it’s crucial you understand what you’re being offered and if the job is truly as great as you (and we) hope it is!

Benefits should not be an after-thought – they’re essential for ensuring your well-being and security long-term. Whether you’re a seasoned nanny or household employee, or if you’re just starting out in the industry, understanding and maximizing benefits can lead to greater financial stability, peace of mind, and job satisfaction. So, please join us as we uncover the required, standard and stand-out benefits in the marketplace and empower you to make informed decisions about your career and future.

Required Benefits in Colorado:

  • Legal (and hopefully competitive) pay
  • Overtime pay
  • Paid sick leave
  • Paid family and medical leave (FAMLI
  • Mileage reimbursement (if you drive your own car on the job)

Standard Benefits in the Colorado Market:

  • Guaranteed weekly hours congruent with the employee’s weekly schedule
  • Paid federal holidays – typically 4-7 days per year
  • Accrued paid time off – typically 2+ weeks per year 
  • Annual performance-based pay increases 
  • All-expenses-paid travel (if you travel and work with your employer)

Benefits and Perks that are Above and Beyond:

  • Health insurance stipend or reimbursement 
  • Retirement benefits
  • Cell phone reimbursement 
  • Car maintenance reimbursement (if you’re driving your own car on the job) 
  • Signing and retention bonuses
  • Holiday bonuses and/or additional paid time off
  • Surprise paid days off (e.g: your birthday, work anniversary et cetera)
  • Paid memberships to local zoos, museums, or even a health club 
  • Reimbursement for professional training, development, and continuing education like the INA conference

As you navigate your career as a nanny or household professional, remember benefits matter, too. From health insurance to retirement plans and beyond, it’s crucial to advocate for what you deserve. At ABC Nannies & Domestics, our expert staff is dedicated to advocating for household employees and employers alike, ensuring fair and equitable employment practices and high-quality in-home care.

If you’re still searching for the perfect job opportunity that offers comprehensive benefits and more, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Our team is here to support you in finding the ideal position that aligns with your needs and aspirations. Your future starts here—let’s elevate your career together.

Disclaimer: It’s important to note that each job and employment arrangement is unique. Additionally, different states and localities may have varying rules and regulations regarding employee benefits. The information provided in this blog post serves as general guidance and examples of what is commonly offered to full-time household employees. We encourage all professionals to consult with legal or HR experts and to familiarize themselves with the specific laws and regulations applicable to their individual circumstances and location.

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