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The Moneyologist: I give my nanny time off — should I ask her to do after-hours babysitting as payback?

Dear Moneyologist,

I have a question regarding our nanny. When we hired our nanny, we agreed on a flat weekly rate that was based on 50 hours per week. We also agreed that she would receive two paid weeks off for the year, and major holidays paid off. I think this is pretty standard in New York City.

We also mentioned that since there would be additional days off because of special circumstances, she could make it up with babysitting. We didn’t sign anything regarding this or make a big deal about it and, of course, she agreed. We gave her the Monday before July 4 off since we were going out of town, and still paid her, even though technically she would normally only have July 4 off.

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