Can My Nanny Work During the Stay at Home Order?
Can My Nanny Work During the Stay at Home Order
Nanny Care During Covid-19 | Coronavirus | Shelter In Place
Starling Agency Nanny Placement is dedicated to keeping families, nannies and the greater community safe. Thank you for your patience during this time. We are sharing information as it becomes available to us.
Excerpt from the Statewide Order
On March 23, 2020, Governor Inslee issued an Executive Order directing all residents immediately to heed current State public health directives to stay home, except as needed to maintain continuity of operations of essential critical infrastructure sectors and additional sectors as the State Public Health Officer may designate as critical to protect health and well-being of all Washingtonians.
The less time we spend in public, the more lives we will save. -Governor Inslee
Is my Nanny considered an essential worker?
First, review the Executive Order to determine if you are considered an “essential worker”. If your position is considered part of the essential critical infrastructure sector and you must report to work, then your nanny is also considered an essential worker. This means that your nanny can lawfully travel to and from their place of employment, and work there to provide childcare. Your nanny IS an essential worker if caring for uniquely vulnerable children.
What does this order mean?
This means that a nanny should not be reporting to work, unless the employer is required to report to work. See: Executive Order
What if I’m not an essential worker, but I still need childcare?
Governor Inslee’s orders require all persons to stay at home, for the well-being of all individuals. If you are working remotely and still require childcare, you may consider a temporary live-in arrangement with your nanny. Remember, this is a temporary crisis in which we are all experiencing hardship. Let’s do our best to support each other. If you or your nanny are not comfortable with a temporary live-in arrangement, then this is not the right solution for you.
Should I provide my nanny with a letter to validate their status as an essential worker?
Yes. If you are classified as an essential worker and you employ a nanny, we advise you to provide a letter to authorize your nanny’s position.
I am a Nanny that has been temporarily laid off. What can I do?
You may consider filing for unemployment benefits. More information can be found here. Starling Agency will remain open and available to help both nannies and families during this time. We work closely with many “essential worker” families and will keep an updated list of both permanent and temporary positions available on our job board.
Carefully review the Sector Profiles in the Executive Order. There are more essential worker positions than you might first expect. Many of Seattle’s largest tech and financial services are still operating remotely and your position may be considered essential.
The landscape of information is evolving rapidly. We encourage you to comply with all Stay at Home orders and maintain all current health and safety precautions.
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