Over on UrbanBaby.com, the nuances of nannies and snow days are
being hotly debated. Is it okay to require your nanny to come to work, especially if
you have to go to work? If she
can’t come in, do you pay her, dock her pay, or count as a sick day? Is it okay to demand that she sleep
over the night before a storm, or is that like taking your nanny hostage?
Viewpoints vary depending on
prior arrangement (were pre-storm overnight stays pre-negotiated at
hiring?), the risk of casting a chill over the relationship ("I'm not afraid of my nanny and I take good care of her, so whether she hates me or not isn't important."), and the nanny’s
commuting circumstances: “If the subway [from Brooklyn] is not running I don't expect her to
walk here, but if the subway is running (even with delays), I expect her to
come so that I can get to work. This does not seem like an odd expectation for
an employer. I don't think it is strange that my boss expects me to come in
even if it takes longer or is more of a struggle in bad weather. (UrbanBaby.com)
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