What is the Fair Care Pledge℠?
The Fair Care Pledge℠ is a way to affirm that you will do your best to be a fair and respectful employer when you hire someone to work in your home as a childcare provider, housecleaner, or home attendant for a person with a disability or senior—and that you will seek out the information you need to make your home a workplace you can be proud of.
As in all workplaces, we know that everyone benefits when employer and employee are treated well and with respect. But unlike other workplaces, there’s no HR manager sitting at your kitchen table helping you figure this out. That’s why the Pledge gets you started with three best employment practices: Fair Pay, Clear Expectations, and Paid Time Off. Being fair really begins with these three steps! You can find out more information and resources to help you here.
Finally, the Pledge is a way for you to let your friends and family know about your commitment to being a fair employer—and for you to ask them to join you in doing the same.
Who has endorsed the pledge?
The Fair Care Pledge℠ was lauded by President Barack Obama as a “new tool to bring people together in today’s economy.” Former President Bill Clinton recognized the Fair Care Pledge℠ as an innovative tool for building quality jobs and sustainable care at Clinton Global Initiative America. Other officials to recognize the pledge include New York City Public Advocate Letitia “Tish” James, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, and New York City Councilor Brad Lander.
We are proud that Care.com, the nation’s largest online marketplace for care work, has been a leading partner for the Fair Care Pledge℠. Local businesses that provide childbirth education for parents have also signed on to the pledge, including Bend and Bloom, Melt Massage and Bodywork, and For Your Birth.
Other endorsees include: Adhikaar, A Better Balance, Bend the Arc, Caring Across Generations, Caring Hands, Carroll Gardens Association, Center for Family Life, Congregation Bnai Jeshurun, Cornell University School of Industrial Labor Relations, CTZN WELL, Damayan, Golden Steps Elder Care Cooperative, Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, Kolot Chayeinu, Park Slope Jewish Center, Rev Studios, Wider Opportunities for Women.
Can I sign it if I haven’t employed anyone yet, or if I employed someone in the past but don’t currently?
Absolutely! Signing the Fair Care Pledge℠ before you employ gives you time to prepare, read through the resources and get ready for your home to become someone’s workplace. Showing potential employees that you’ve signed the Pledge will make you a more appealing employer!
Check out these helpful resources for individuals and families preparing to employ a domestic worker in their home.
If you’re a former employer, signing the Fair Care Pledge℠ is a way to honor the worker who worked with you or your family. We hope you’ll also help , and helping get the word out to other employers–past or present–so they can do the same!
I want to be a fair employer but I have questions about the Pledge (i.e. I don’t know if I can do everything right away, etc). Can I still sign?
The Fair Care Pledge℠ is intended to help you become a fair employer in your home. We encourage you to sign and then review our recommended best employment practices and take as many steps as you can toward building a mutually respectful domestic employment relationship.
We want to support you in making your home a place that feels good for you and your family, and a fair workplace for the person you employ. Please contact Hand in Hand with any questions or concerns, and we’ll do our best to support you as you consider what steps you can take. You can also check out our full Question and Answer page for more information.