I Can’t Afford to Pay my Nanny Durning COVID-19. Now what?

We are well into this pandemic and no one is sure when it will end. It’s causing a lot of stress and uncertainty in people’s lives, especially on the financial front.

It seems like everyday we turn on the news and there is new information on how the government is willing to help. This is good news for Canadians, especially employers, so that they don’t have to carry the burden alone.

Depending on whether COVID-19 has affected your job personally, or you don’t have the need for your nanny during this time because you are home, there are federal funds available for your nanny. We have received a lot of calls and emails from clients that are unsure of what to do regarding their nanny in these times. They want to be fair to their nanny but they don’t require them to come in while their family is in self-isolation. In many cases, they cannot continue to pay them.If you no longer need your nanny or are unable to continue to pay her/him then you need to lay them off. This will allow your nanny to apply for some of the government funding listed below.Here is some helpful information and their links as to what the government is offering. Please be sure to check back often as there is new information all the time.

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) – Employment and Social Development Canada

ROE tips:
If your employees are directly affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) and they are no longer working, you must issue a Record of Employment (ROE).

*When the employee is sick or quarantined, use code D (Illness or injury) as the reason for separation (block 16). Do not add comments.

*When the employee is no longer working due to a shortage of work because the business has closed or decreased operations due to coronavirus (COVID-19), use code A (Shortage of work). Do not add comments.

*When the employee refuses to come to work but is not sick or quarantined, use code E (Quit) or code N (Leave of absence), as appropriate. Avoid adding comments unless absolutely necessary.

The government has created a new Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) which will be up and running on April 6th, 2020.

The new Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)The Canadian Government will provide a taxable benefit of $2,000 a month for up to 4 months to:

Workers who must stop working due to COVID19 and do not have access to paid leave or other income support.workers who are sick, quarantined, or taking care of someone who is sick with COVID-19.

Working parents who must stay home without pay to care for children that are sick or need additional care because of school and daycare closures.workers who still have their employment but are not being paid because there is currently not sufficient work and their employer has asked them not to come to work.

Wage earners and self-employed individuals, including contract workers, who would not otherwise be eligible for Employment Insurance.

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit will be accessible through a secure web portal starting in early April. Applicants will also be able to apply via an automated telephone line or via a toll-free number.

See the government website for a list of all the support for individuals being provided.

Finally, the government just announced that any company (no matter its size) that has reported a loss of at least 30%, is eligible to receive 75% of its staff’s salary to be paid out (up to $847/week). This can be backdated to March 15th. We expect more details to surface in the weeks to come. We are unsure if this will apply to employers of nannies.  

These are challenging times for everyone. We wish you health and safety!

The Nannies on Call team 
Nannies on call mobile app banner Nannies on call mobile app banner