Received Saturday, March 28, 2009
I'm a full-time live in nanny for two very prestigious doctors. My hours consist of 7am to 7 pm and I am offered a very high salary, health insurance, apartment, and full use of a vehicle. Their little boy is wonderful, I adore him, I never any have problems with him, he truely is the most loving little boy I've ever met. Although at times, I find myself angry with the parents because they'll roll in the door at 7:45 p.m with no phone call, I really do try to understand and tell myself that they are very busy people. This has happened countless times, and I have not brought it to their attention because like I said, I really try to be understanding. When they are with their child, they are great parents. I do not feel as if they're late because they're out doing senseless things, it is really because they got caught up in a surgery. I have thought from time to time that I should bring up this issue because I do feel as if I should be notified when they will be late, I have had to cancel my plans 3 times before because they were late coming home. Something really topped it off for me though and I'm not sure how to approach it. I do love the job and the child, I just think that this is completely out of line.
Two weeks ago, the family had to fly to CA because the grandmother was sick, I stayed home and cared for their puppy, she had just had surgery to get fixed. It wasn't like I could do anything I wanted for those four days that they were out of town, I was puppy sitting. I did get paid my normal pay which I expected, because it was not my fault that I couldn't work, and I did watch the dog. I had also read online that if an employee shows to work and is unable to work at no fault of his/her own, the normal pay is expected.
On Monday, the Mom asked if I could be 'on call' this weekend because both of the parents were on call. This means that I have to stay home for the entire weekend in case they both get called in to the hospital so I can care for the child. Usually, they pay me time and a half while I am on call because I am unable to do anything those days. This morning I had to get up with the child because the Dad got called in and the Mom had to go do her 'rounds' at the hospital. I was told that the Dad would be home at 9:30, he wasn't. The Mom came home at 11:30 and gave me money for the hours that I had worked this morning. She then went on to say that they were not going to pay me my overtime (I worked 2 hours last week while they went to dinner) or for being on call the entire weekend because I was paid while they were in CA, so they were "calling it even". I was a little suprised that she had even said this because the aunt was orginally coming to care for the child this weekend but she cancelled so it fell on me. I had recieved my pay from them being in CA last Friday, and nothing was said then about being paid those four days that they were gone. I'm more so outraged because I feel set up. I feel as if she should have discussed the pay when she asked me to work this weekend instead of after I agreed. No one would agree to work if they were not getting paid..