Screening, Interviewing and Nanny Background Checks
Hiring a Nanny Legally : Verify the Legal Status of Your Nanny
The intimate, home-oriented and highly personal nature of nanny employment doesn't exempt it from strict
adherence to federal and state employment law. A nanny cannot be considered an independent
contractor or a subcontractor. Whether part time,
full-time, live in or live out, a nanny is an employee of the parents for whom she works and the
appropriate paperwork must be completed.
Fortunately, legally hiring a nanny can be fairly straightforward. The U.S. Department
of Justice requires that both nannies and their employers fill out the I-9 form,
also called the Employment Eligibility Verification Form, which can be downloaded online.
The I-9 form is straightforward and just takes a few minutes complete. To complete
the form you will need to make photo copies of your nanny candidate's identification
documentation. Reviewing this documentation will allow you to verify that your nanny
is who she says it is. For this reason, it is important to carefully follow the
instructions on the form with regards to what types of documentation you are legally
able to accept.
It is important to remember that eNannySource.com does not verify the employment
eligibility of any nannies listed on our site. As a nanny employer, this important
hiring step is your responsibility.