Sample Employment Agreements For Domestic Workers

Who are domestic workers? 

Domestic workers provide services of a household nature in or about a private home, such as home care workers, house cleaners, and nannies.

Download the sample agreements below (clicking on the Word links will start an automatic download):

  • Cleaner Agreement (PDF) | (Word)
    • Modelo de acuerdo de empleo para trabajadores de limpieza del hogar (PDF) | (Word)
  • Home Care Worker Agreement (PDF) | (Word)
    • Modelo de acuerdo para trabajadores de atención domiciliaria (PDF) | (Word)
  • Nanny Agreement (PDF) | (Word)
    • Modelo de acuerdo de empleo para niñeras y niñeros (PDF) | (Word)

Domestic workers across the United States are doing critical work to ensure that our economy functions and our families and communities thrive. Yet while care for households, children, people with disabilities, and older adults is invaluable, domestic workers—who are disproportionately women, immigrant women and, depending on the job, disproportionately women of color—too often work in precarious conditions without formalized employment arrangements. Families employing domestic workers may have little experience as employers and may not understand their legal responsibilities, their employees’ rights, and best practices for maintaining a high-quality, healthy and safe employment environment.

In April 2023, President Biden issued the Executive Order on Increasing Access to High-Quality Care and Supporting Caregivers, which directed federal agencies to undertake the most comprehensive set of executive actions ever issued to improve care for hard-working families while supporting care workers and family caregivers. The Executive Order called on the Secretary of Labor to develop compliance assistance and best practices for domestic care workers and their employers to promote fair workplaces and ensure the parties know their rights and responsibilities.

To support this effort, the U.S. Department of Labor developed sample employment agreements, for illustrative purposes, for cleaners, home care workers, and nannies. They are a tool that both employers and domestic workers can choose to use as a helpful starting point to facilitate an open discussion about and create a shared understanding of the terms of employment. The provisions in these sample agreements are only provided as examples of the types of terms and conditions of employment that employers and employees may want to address in their own private contracts.

The use of these sample agreements is not required by law. The provisions in the sample agreements do not represent legal obligations, but instead reflect topics that employers and employees may voluntarily choose to address.

Please visit this website in the coming weeks to access the sample agreements in additional languages.

What are the potential benefits of using employment agreements for employers and employees?

  • Establishes clear standards, expectations, and responsibilities for both parties;
  • Encourages employers and workers to have an open discussion about the terms of employment;
  • Provides an opportunity to plan for potential circumstances that may arise and to reduce future misunderstanding or conflict;
  • Specific needs, skills, and circumstances of both parties can be reflected in the agreement; and
  • Strengthens the relationship and trust between the employer and worker.

The sample agreements do not constitute legal advice by the U.S. Department of Labor and do not reflect the full range of laws that may apply in every situation, including local and state laws that may provide additional protections and requirements. Where local, state, and federal law differ, the employer must comply with the law that provides the most protections for employees. Employers should review local, state, and federal laws to ensure they are in compliance with the law that provides the most protections for employees and should include additional legal requirements as necessary in their own agreements. Parties remain independently responsible for complying with applicable law.

Numerous laws establish rights and protections that cannot be waived or abridged by private contracts. Use of an employment agreement should not be construed to waive the rights or protections of an employee under applicable federal, state, or local law. The agreement may provide rights or protections to the relevant party that are separate from federal, state, or local law. This publication is for general information to provide a voluntary resource for employers and employees and is not considered in the same light as official statements of position. The contents of these documents do not have the force and effect of law and are not meant to bind the public in any way.

Good practices to consider when drafting an agreement

Employers and workers can consider the good practices below to determine which ones are important or applicable to their employment relationship and can add to their specific agreement. Note that the good practices listed here may go beyond the requirements of local, state, and federal law. Relying on these practices is not, however, a substitute for reviewing and complying with any federal, state, and local legal requirements related to employment, employee benefits, and other terms of an agreement.

Note: The state or city where you work might have laws that provide additional protections or benefits. Examples of other model/sample agreements are available through: