The Checklist

Welcome to the Checklist!

When we seek the support of a nanny/childcare provider, housecleaner, or home attendant, most of us aren’t prepared to suddenly become someone’s “boss.” Unlike many of our own professional workplaces, there’s no HR department for us to turn to in these moments. Many of us muddle through the experience in the isolation of our homes, figuring it out for ourselves the best we can.

Hand in Hand has developed this tool to help make sense of it all. The checklist will make it easier to figure out and formalize your domestic employment relationship—and help all of us create caring homes and fair workplaces.

All you need to do:

  • Read through the list and check off any statements that apply to you—either in your current employment practice or as you move forward. You might not be able to do everything listed here right away—that’s okay! All of us can take steps towards creating the mutually respectful domestic employment relationships we seek.
  • When you reach the end, you can print your answers and use them to shape a work agreement that you can discuss with family members and your employee. Or, if you’ve been an employer for some time, use your answers to help you make changes to your practice.

Whatever your employment practices are right now, consider committing to new practices from The Checklist!


Simply looking for an easy template work agreement you can share with your employee? Check out these sample agreements here. You can always come back to The Checklist if you have more questions.

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