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Domestic Worker Benefits

Domestic worker benefits generally include two weeks of vacation, paid federal holidays, and up to three paid sick days per year. The following information can help in planning benefits for both full-time and part-time employees.


Full-time employees typically receive two weeks of vacation after one year of employment, although the employer may elect to offer it sooner. Both sides should provide at least one month’s notice of vacation.

Part-time employees usually receive one or two weeks of vacation, and are paid the equivalent of their regular shifts for those weeks.

Federal Holidays

There are eleven federal U.S. holidays. Below is a list of eight most popular ones. Domestic employees generally receive six to eight of these days off with pay. Many families match their domestic employee’s paid holidays to the holidays they receive from their employers.

Part-time workers receive paid time off for holidays that fall on their regular scheduled work days.

New Year’s Day         January 1st
Memorial Day             Last Monday in May
Independence Day   July 4th
Labor Day                   First Monday in September
Columbus Day           Second Monday in October
Veterans Day             November 11th
Thanksgiving             Fourth Thursday in November
Christmas Day          December 25th

Sick Days

Domestic employees receive one to three paid sick days annually. Any additional unpaid time off, if needed, is mutually arranged between a family and a domestic employee.

Paid Leave

Domestic employees generally do not receive paid personal days off. Any needed time off is mutually arranged between a family and a domestic employee.

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