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Due to the nature of the au pair program being a cultural exchange program, rather than employment, the au pair shall not be treated as an employee of the host family.
The regulations of the au pair program are written into Dutch law and shall be followed accordingly. Au Pair Amsterdam shall only work with parties who intend to respect the regulations of the au pair program, Dutch laws and respect the cultural exchange spirit of the program.
Au pairs may work a maximum of 8 hours per day, 30 hours per week and 5 days per week. This should be followed every single week, without fail. Any violation of this is considered a breach of contract, and therefore, any party reserves the right to terminate the contract immediately without notice.
It is important to note that if an au pair works less than 30 hours per week, it is not allowed to save up the missing hours to be used later. For example, if an au pair works 25 hours this week, it is not allowed to ask the au pair to work 5 extra hours the following week or any week in the future.
The au pair shall also receive a minimum of 2 weeks (14 days) paid vacation days per year. In general au pairs receive more than 2 weeks, as many host families have more than 2 weeks free each year. It is not allowed to ask the au pair to compensate extra holiday weeks by working extra days or hours during other weeks of the year.
It is not allowed to ask the au pair to stay at the house to care for pets or complete household chores while the host family is away on holiday, due to the regulation that the au pair shall not be solely responsible for any household tasks.
Furthermore, it is not allowed for the au pair to perform au pair duties at any residence other than the registered household of the host family, and certainly not outside of the Netherlands. If the au pair joins the host family on family holidays, it shall also be a holiday for the au pair and he/she shall not be expect to perform au pair duties like babysitting, light household chores, etc.