It is important that you and your au pair clarify your mutual expectations in advance and put down in writing whatever is important to you. Thus, you can avoid future disappointments. We also recommend that you sign the official Austrian au pair contract.
On our web page Costs, working hours, time off & Co, you will find a more detailed overview of the general regulations for the au pair placement.
The contract can be cancelled by either party without stating a reason, provided a one-week notice period is respected.
To employ an au pair, you as a host family should register the au pair employment with the Austrian legal social insurance (according to the General Social Insurance Act – ASVG). In this context, you will have to pay contributions to accident insurance to the local Gebietskrankenkasse.
The free board and lodging and the amount which is paid for the private insurance of the au pairs as well as their participation in language courses and cultural events, are not included in the wage and therefore non-contributory.
If the au pair is employed under the subsistence pay limit (value 2013 is 386.80 euro), the registration with the legal accident insurance is sufficient. Your au pair should have a health insurance.
Your au pair can take out a health insurance with a private health insurance company. Please have your au pairs clarify first whether their insurance in their home country will be valid in Austria. Any foreign health insurance is only sufficient if the benefits are also granted in Austria. Here you can find more tips.
Do you prefer an au pair who holds a driving licence? If so, you need to take the following into consideration: having a driving licence does not necessarily mean having good driving skills. Ask your au pair how much driving experience he/she already has. After all, he/she will be driving your children.
Should you put your car at the au pair's disposal, you need to be well informed about liability and insurance issues. Clarify who pays for the damages that could result from an accident caused by the au pair.
We strongly recommend you to discuss all important details concerning the au pair placement with your future au pair well in advance. On the following page you will find some useful questions you should ask your au pair.
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