When an au pair joins your family you become their employer for the length of their placement term (or fixed term employment). Au pairs enjoy the same rights and benefits as any other employee under New Zealand employment law, including holiday pay, public holidays, sick leave and annual leave. Becoming an employer brings up a range of new responsibilities to think about. At Au Pair Link, we understand that tax and other regulations aren’t everyone’s cup of tea – that’s why we take the time to walk you through the process and ensure you’re feeling comfortable (and excited!) about your au pair’s arrival.
There are a number of Payroll services available for host families to use, to take the hassle out of becoming an employer. We are here to talk you through your options and help you get set up. These payroll services range between $10-$15 a week. This is an additional cost you need to take into account when planning having an au pair join your family.
ACC work levies are a contribution made by all employers for injury cover funded by the ACC scheme. Levies are calculated on your au pair’s gross income for the year and the payment is generally around $200 – $400 for a full year (12 months) depending on the level of earning and current rate set by ACC. The levy is payable by the host family and is billed by ACC annually, generally in August.
Please contact us to discuss any queries that you may have about becoming an employer. Alternatively, you can contact the New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment toll free on 0800 20 90 20 or visit their website at www.mbie.govt.nz. You can also call the Inland Revenue Department on 0800 227 774, or visit www.ird.govt.nz.