European Agreement On Au Pair Placement Of 24 November 1969

– 2 annexes, the first of which sets out the benefits to which persons placed as an «au pair» are entitled in the event of illness, maternity and accident, and the second concerns the agreed reservations. At one stage, it was proposed that article 9 should provide that «hard work», such as window cleaning, laundry, etc., is excluded from the daily family responsibilities of the au pair. However, the negotiators of the agreement did not accept this proposal, as it seemed too difficult to evaluate this work. In fact, today, most «hard work» can be done by machines, which changes their nature. Article 11 1. If the agreement referred to in Article 6 has been concluded for an indefinite period, each party shall have the right to terminate it within two weeks. 2. Whether or not the agreement has been concluded, it may be terminated with immediate effect by any party if the other party has serious misconduct or if other serious circumstances require such termination. This paragraph defines the essential provisions for the protection of «au pairs» in States where the benefits referred to in Annex I to the Convention are not guaranteed by an official system or body, or are only partially guaranteed: «In these cases, the competent host family member shall have private insurance at his own expense». However, each party may make a reservation by paying only half of the costs by the host family (see Annex II, point (c) .

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