A domestic worker is someone hired primarily to perform work in the private residence of the employer primarily related to the management and operation of the household (i.e., cleaning, washing, and gardening). This does not include the supervision and care of an immediate family member.
There are two types of domestic workers:
- Come-in domestic workers
- Live-in domestic workers
Come-in domestics are fully covered by employment standards.
For live-in domestics, the hourly rate during the first eight hours is always at least the minimum wage. The hourly rate for any hours in excess of eight can be negotiated without reference to the minimum wage. Live-in domestics must receive two consecutive days off per week. Other special provisions include a maximum deduction of $250.00 per month for board and lodging. All other employment standards provisions, including overtime, apply.
Employers have to maintain payroll records that include:
- Hours worked each day;
- The time when work begins and ends;
- The wages paid;
- The dates vacation days are taken and vacation pay provided;
- The details of the employment contract (including the hourly rate; and
- The deductions made from the employee's wage.
Pay stubs must be provided to all employees. For information on Employment Insurance (EI), Canada Pension Plan (CPP) and Income Tax deductions, visit Canada Revenue Agency.