Am I domestic employer?

The answers you find here are intended to serve as suggested best practices for domestic employment, and have been crafted by Hand in Hand with the National Domestic Workers Alliance. They are designed to help you take steps toward creating a mutually beneficial domestic employment relationship—and help set a framework for conversations with the domestic worker(s) you employ. Please understand that these suggested best practices may differ based on the particular domestic employment relationship and that these possible best practices do not constitute legal advice.

Hand in Hand considers you a domestic employer if there is a paid worker in your home, working full or part-time (once a week or once a month–any period of time counts), cleaning, cooking, assisting, or caring for members of the household. Our network includes any domestic employer who pays out-of-pocket (directly or through an agency) or who qualifies for government subsidies to cover the costs related to the worker.

While Hand in Hand’s materials and campaigns focus largely on out-of-pocket employers, we welcome former employers and current employers who receive subsidies or use agencies as well. All employers are responsible for some aspects of the employment relationship; we’re here to help you find your way. 

A domestic worker is any person who works in someone else’s home (including those compensated with government subsidies or working through an agency). Domestic workers include nannies/childcare providers, housecleaners, cooks, and home attendants who support seniors and people with disabilities.

Please note: These are not legal definitions of domestic employers or workers. The definitions referenced above are Hand in Hand’s definitions, and are not legal definitions of domestic employers or workers.

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