For Employers

What it means to be an employer

If you hire a caregiver, housecleaner, nanny or other domestic worker in your home, whether once a month or full-time, then you are considered an employer.

As an employer, you are responsible for ensuring that you treat your employees in accordance with local, state and federal labor laws.

Below you will find resources to help you make sure you’re getting the best out of your domestic work relationship:

What does it mean to be a Fair and Responsible Employer?

Like in any workplace, everyone benefits when the employer and employee have clear agreements and are treated well. The core components of being a fair employer are:

  • Establishing Clear and Respectful Communication
  • Paying a Fair Wage
  • Providing Paid Time Off

Learn more and get the support you need to be a fair employer here.

Sign the Fair Care Pledge:

Endorsed by former Presidents Clinton and Obama, the Fair Care Pledge is a way for domestic employers to support fair practices in their own home and across the industry.

Join over 200,000 domestic employers in signing on to the Fair Care Pledge, a voluntary commitment to doing all one can to provide the three basic components of fair employment:

Legal Responsibilities:

  • Basic CA Legal Fact Sheet for Domestic Employers
  • Details on Overtime Requirements for Domestic Employers
  • For employers of Live-in or 24 hour employees

Tools & Resources:

Establishing Clear and Respectful Communication:

Paying a Fair Wage:

Providing Paid Time Off

  • Hand in Hand’s full list of Resources and FAQs

Health and Safety

Hiring Through an Agency

  • Tips for Hiring through Private Homecare Agencies in California
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