When possible, it is best to specify the caregiver's working hours, such as Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., or whatever schedule she is expected to work. If her schedule does not involve set hours, it is important to note the expected number of hours per week and perhaps an approximate schedule - for example, ten hours per day, five days per week, and two evenings (approximately four hours each) per week. If you are planning a flexible schedule like this, write down when you will set the exact schedule for a given week - for example, seven days in advance.
Live-in caregivers will also appreciate your specifying in the agreement what their days off will be, including at what time of day time off begins and ends.
It is also important to note if you intend to guarantee the caregiver a set number of hours per week and pay her whether she is needed or not. For example, if your parents come to visit for two weeks and want to take care of the baby, or if your family decides to take a two-week vacation, will the caregiver lose two weeks' salary? (It is fairly customary to guarantee pay in such situations.)
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