While hiring an au pair may seem like a cost-effective way to secure one on one child care, parents should know that au pairs are not replacements for qualified full-time child care providers. Au pairs are foreign nationals between the ages of 18-26 who enter the United States through the U.S. Depart­ment of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Au pair Exchange Program, to experience American life within the context of the host family.

Au pairs participate in the life of the host family by providing limited childcare services (maximum 10 hours per day, 45 hours per week) and are compensated for their work according to the Fair Labor Standards Act. It should be noted that in addition to child care, there are educational and cultural components of the Au Pair Program as well.an au pair

Au pairs may not be placed in homes with infants three months of age or younger unless a parent or respon­sible adult will be in the home supervising the au pair. They may not be placed in the home with a child two years of age or younger unless they have 200 or more hours of documented childcare experience. Au pairs in good standing may stay with families for up to 24 months.  an au pair

Proper Payroll Deductions.

Your employer may make certain tax deductions from your regular paycheck. You can (and should) ask them to provide you the tax deduction breakdown. If you are paid the same amount each week, they only need to give this to you once.

Proper Payroll Deductions

7.65% for Social Security & Medicare

Income Tax (by agreement)

Employer State Authorized Miscellaneous Taxes (CA, NJ, NY, PA, RI)

Other deductions such as health insurance premiums or retirement contributions that both benefit you and that you agree to in writing.

Improper Payroll Deductions

Employer may not deduct the Employer share of Social Security & Medicare

Unemployment Insurance Tax

Deductions for Breakage or Damages to Household Items

Travel Expenses for Work Related Travel