Should a babysitter get payed?
My husband and I often ask out regular babysitter to stay during the night, usually about four hours. But recently we’ve been coming home early( said we would be back at 11, but we arrive at 10). I always pay her for the full four hours, but my husband says I shouldn’t. What’s your opinion?
- sunshine_melLv 76 months ago
You've made an agreement with the babysitter that their services will be required for 4 hours / until 11pm. They have reserved those 4 hours entirely for you.
It is fair and reasonable to pay them for the duration, even if you return early.
- MamawidsomLv 76 months ago
It really depends on your agreement with your sitter. Most people don't have a guarantee contract with a babysitter. If you say "we'll be home between 10 and 11," and the sitter agrees to work until 10 or 11, you really only need to pay her for the hours worked. If the sitter says they will only stay if they get paid for 3 hours or 5 hours or whatever it is, then you're basically agreeing to pay X dollars regardless of the number of hours actually worked.
Have a conversation with your sitter. Keep in mind that being slightly generous is a good way to keep a good sitter.
- HerrmannLv 76 months ago
Many states have a minimum hour shift law. This means you cannot have an employee report to work and get sent home because you decided you didn't need them. It's usually 3 or 4 hours minimum.
There is also "per hour" payrates and "per job" rates.
As an independent bookkeeper, I charge a much higher rate Per Hour if the job is indeterminate. That is, I don't know if I'll be there a few hours or all day. Time is money and you have to make a living.
If the client wants me to stay until the work is done, I'll charge a daily rate.
The kid planned on so many hours. Pay it.
- babyboomer1001Lv 76 months ago
Pay her for the time she babysat the kids. No more. Your estimated time to arrive home is just that - ESTIMATED.Source(s): Babysat through my teens, 3-4 nights a week.
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- Anonymous6 months ago
You should pay her per hour she's working so there is no confusion.
- Orla CLv 76 months ago
If you want to have a babysitter next time you need one, PAY HER.
- Anonymous6 months ago
The word is "paid."
In MY State your agreement that she would be PAID for 4 hours is a binding oral contract. Is it worth it to the babysitter to plan on 4 hours, gets PAID for 3 and go to Small Claims Court? Probably not.
I have little respect for adults who enter into agreements with children and then back out of their side of the agreement.
- fireflyfliesbyLv 76 months ago
She's planning to spend all four hours at your home, potentially cancelling other plans (or even other babysitting gigs) to make herself available to you. If she's a good sitter and she's taking good care of the kids, I say pay her. Going forward, if you know you're coming home early, communicate that in advance and save yourself the money.
- K8Lv 76 months ago
If you like this babysitter and want her to continue watching the kids extra money does not hurt...
- NancyLv 66 months ago
No, but she should get paid.