By paying a fair wage (plus overtime), you are ensuring that your employee has what she needs to sustain herself and her family. This contributes to a positive, long-lasting relationship and healthy home. For many, it can be a challenge to align what’s fair with what we feel we can afford, but by offering the worker you employ the highest wage you can—and showing her how much you value her work—you are reinvesting in your own household and doing all that you can to ensure the best support for yourself, your home, and your family.
Here are some guiding principles around fair pay:
- For childcare providers and home attendants, in a metropolitan area, a living wage is at least $15/hr.
- For housecleaner employers, a general guide for fair wages in metropolitan areas is to employ a worker for no less than three hours per visit, and to pay no less than $20/hr for that time. This amount takes into account that housecleaners often have long commutes between jobs and don’t receive most benefits.
- When calculating wages, consider the cost of living, and calculate what a living wage might look like in your area.
- For all workers, provide annual cost of living (COLA) raises.
- Increase a wage when responsibilities increase, for example, if you have a second child or if you add housecleaning to the job
- If you employ a worker for very few hours per week, consider compensating your employee for transportation time.
- Prepare to pay overtime pay (time and a half = 1.5 x the hourly wage) whenever your employee works over 40 hrs/week or over eight hrs/day.
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