Aupair law of the European UnionSeptember,11 2018
1. Provisions on work:
Aupair’s daily work is very different. It depends on entirely on the lifestyle of each host family.
In general, work is as follows:
Make chores in house such as helping to clean and keep the house organized, putting clothes on the washing machine and ironing, preparing breakfast and a few simple meals, taking care of children, that means look after them, take them to school or pick up, walk with them and play with them, look after the house and take care of pets …
Note: Aupair’s job is not to care for the elderly and the sick (including those who are family members)
2. Term of stay:
Aupair work must be shortest 6 months and the longest one year. Aupair renewal after 1 year is impossible (for Germany / Austria) and it can be extended to 18 months with France.
3. Regulations on work and working time:
In principle, Aupair does not have to do housework (including babysitting) for more than 6 hours a day and 30 hours per week for Aupair in Germany, 20 hours a week, and a maximum of 3 evening for childcare a week at Austria. And in France is from 30 to 35 hours per week. If this amount of time is exceeded, the host family must have a prior agreement. This overtime must be arranged the holiday offset at another time.
Families can request Aupair to fulfill their assigned tasks in time. Personal activities (such as private room cleaning) are not included in the working time.
The division of working time depends on the habits and needs of the host family. However, it is often possible to set a fixed schedule based on regular family routines. Aupair must have at least one day off a week (not necessarily at weekends, and at least one Sunday in a month). There is also a minimum of 4 evenings to break in a week.
4. Holiday regulations:
If Aupair is working 1 year for a host family, Aupair must get a 4-week vacation with be paid. If not, for each month, Aupair must be given 2 days off.
If the host family travels, they will usually bring Aupair with them. In this case, Aupair still has to do Aupair’s job (child care …). A holiday with the host family is only considered a Aupair vacation, only if Aupair does not do any housework or childcare for the host family. In case the aupair does not travel with the host family and also does not have to work for another family (Neighbors, acquaintances … of the host family).
5. Language requirements:
Every Aupair participant has the right to participate in language courses as well as cultural exchange events in his spare time. However, Aupair must pay for tuition and fees for external activities by self towards Aupair in France/ Austria (may be paid by the host family, depending on the host family), or will be partial supported with Aupair in Germany is 50 Euro / month.
6. Regulations on living conditions:
Aupair’s living conditions must be supported by the host family for free. Basicly, Aupair must have a private room in the host family’s home. Aupair will eat together with the host family and eat the same food as the other family members. If Aupair wants to have a different diet, it will need to be listed on the record when sending to the host family.
7. Regulations on allowances and travel expenses:
The goal of Aupair’s activity that improve language skills (complementary to work experience) and broaden understanding of the host country. Thus, Aupair is not entitled to receive wages (in the normal sense), which is called pocket money. Currently, this amount is € 260 per month for Germany, € 65 to € 100 per week for France, € 376 to € 470 per month for Austria. Fees for travel between Germany / France / Austria and homeland be paid by Aupair.
8. Regulations on health, social and pregnancy insurance:
All Aupair in Germany / France / Austria are required to pay social, health and pregnancy insurance. This insurance fees will be paid by the host family.