Need an Au Pair ? Need to register with Revenue as an employer
Recent test case declares Au Pair an employee
Under a recent ruling by the Workplace Relations Commission the position of au pair has been declared to be employment. This means that all current and future au pairs are entitled to the protection of all employment laws in Ireland. This includes, the minimum wage legislation, holidays, time off, work breaks and where applicable, minimum notice.
The case was taken by a Spanish au pair with the assistance of the Migrant Rights Centre of Ireland. Her employer was ordered to pay almost €10,000 in arrears of pay and compensation.
Prior to this payment to au pairs was considered pocket money. With board, lodgings and cultural exchange being of benefit to the au pair.
While many host families treated au pairs as family members, unfortunately some others treated them as a cheap labour source.
What does this mean for Irish households wishing to use the services of an au pair?
It means that you will have to
register with Revenue as an employer See, Registering for Tax
Draw up a contract of employment, more which will outline the terms and conditions of employment.
Pay at least the minimum wage, more
Consider what steps you must take if you have to terminate their employment, more
Code of Practice for Protecting Persons Employed in Other People's Homes, Download here
Employment Rights of Domestic Workers in Ireland, Download here
Please read the information which we provide on our website and if you would like more information or advice, contact us
Spread the knowledge. If you found this article useful, please like and share using any of the social buttons below.
Image courtesy Phillip Capper