Family Policies

Please note that the following is for informational purposes only.
Actual service agreement policies will be tailored based on the services provided by Portland Nannies and presented to each family we serve. 

Services

Portland Nannies shall use its best efforts to place a qualified, acceptable nanny with the family. Nannies referred by Portland Nannies are not employees, agents or representatives of Portland Nannies.  If the family hires a nanny referred by Portland Nannies the family agrees to contract with the nanny directly as to the terms of employment.  Portland Nannies assumes no responsibility for the family’s or the nanny’s compliance with laws regarding payment or withholding federal, state or local taxes, social security, Medicare, unemployment, or immigrations laws.  Portland Nannies is not responsible for any health insurance or other employee benefits of nannies.

Nanny Placement Fee

A non-refundable registration fee of $200.00 is due with this application. This fee is to activate the family’s application and begin the search process. The following are the placement fees if the family decides to hire a nanny that is referred to them by Portland Nannies.

$1400.00 for a full-time nanny placement
$1400.00 for a household management placement
$1000.00 for a part-time nanny placement
$600.00 for a permanent babysitter placement
$600.00 for a temporary nanny placement (1-3 months)
$150-$400 for a temporary nanny placement (1-3 weeks)

The placement fee is due once the family offers and nanny accepts the position. If you have a past due balance of more than thirty days, the fee will be charged to your account on file with Portland Nannies. If you place a part time nanny with Portland Nannies and the position turns into full time during his/her employment, there will be an additional fee of $400.00 due.

Guarantee

Portland Nannies offers a one year guarantee from the date your nanny starts for one replacement nanny.

Second Month
If within the first or second month the family finds the nanny to be unsatisfactory, or, if the nanny should resign, Portland Nannies will attempt to provide a qualified replacement at no additional fee to the family.

Third Through Eleventh Month
During this period of time we will also work with you to find one replacement nanny with no additional fee paid until the conclusion of you initial years contract. At that time there is a prorated fee for the balance of your replacement nanny’s year. The prorated fee will be will be calculated as of the date your original nanny leaves your employ. Please see attached sheet for this prorated fee schedule.

Please be aware that our one year replacement guarantee is contingent upon the fee being received by us on or before your nanny’s starting date of employment.  We will make every possible effort to find you a replacement, however, if we are unable to find a candidate for you and you hire someone who is not through Portland Nannies, we would honor our commitment when you are next in need of a nanny.

At no time is there a refund of the registration or placement fee.

**There is no guarantee for a temporary or on-call nanny placement.**

Agreement Not to Circumvent

The family shall refrain from making any private agreement with the nanny or from taking any action which is inconsistent with this agreement or which has the effect of avoiding any of the  family’s obligations herein.  Such private agreements and actions include, but are not limited to, actions which would enable the family or any other person to avoid payment of the placement fees due to Portland Nannies as, for example, if the family knowingly refers the name of the nanny to another person who subsequently hires the nanny.  The family is liable to Portland Nannies for all damages in the event the family refers any Portland Nannies referral to a third party.

Arbitration

Any claim or controversy arising out of or relating to this agreement or the breach thereof shall be settled by arbitration’s in the State of Maine in accordance with the rules of the American Arbitration Association, and the judgment upon the award of the arbitrators may be entered in any court having jurisdiction thereof.  This agreement is governed by Maine law.  The prevailing party in any dispute between Portland Nannies and the family shall be entitled to recover its attorney’s fees.

Release and Indemnification

The family hereby releases Portland Nannies and its members, officers and employees from all claims and causes of action that the family may have against Portland Nannies now or in the future, including but not limited to claims resulting from the negligence of Portland Nannies and its members, officers, and employees.  Portland Nannies is not liable for the acts or omissions of the nanny, including but not limited to negligence, recklessness or intentional conduct.  Portland Nannies is a referral service only and shall not be liable for any damages caused by a nanny referred to the family.  Portland Nannies is not liable for any claims or whatever nature the nanny may have against the family and the family hereby agrees to indemnify and hold Portland Nannies harmless from any and all such claims.  The family agrees that if Portland Nannies finds in its sole judgement that the nanny is being subjected to exploitative conditions in the family’s household, the nanny may terminate the nanny’s employment from the household.  In that event, the family shall not be entitled to a replacement or refunds of the nanny placement fee.

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