It is with great pleasure that Au Pair Foundation announces an exciting development for our wonderful program. As of January 7, 2013 APF has undergone a change in ownership. APF will remain the same Au Pair Foundation that you all know and will now only continue to improve our services under the new ownership of APF Global Exchange, not for profit.
We are delighted to share this news as all current national staff and field staff will remain on board and help us take this program to the next level of excellence in the field of au pair exchanges! We look forward to continuing to provide quality care to our au pairs and host families and remain committed to doing what is always best for all of our participants.
APF takes great pride in the care we provide the children in our host families as well as the support we give our outstanding au pairs. We are all committed to raising the bar even higher on the standard of care and attention we provide.
More details will follow in the days to come but in the meantime please know all of us at APF are delighted and excited about this new development.
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On November 18 and 19, 1996, the United States Information Agency
(1). provided all Au Pair Program Sponsors with a notice regarding payment of the weekly wage due to au pairs
(2). Please be advised specifically that:
1. The Department of Labor (DOL) determined in 1994 that an employer/employee relationship is established between the host family and the au pair. Accordingly, the wage (3) given an Au Pair must conform with minimum wage law and adjustments. The DoL, having sole jurisdiction regarding matters of minimum wage, determines the credit (room and board) to be applied against the weekly wage. A full discussion of this matter was set forth in the February 15, 1995 Federal Register notice announcing Au Pair program regulations.
2. Effective July 24, 2009, the weekly wage due to au pairs is $195.75 This amount is based upon the minimum wage payment currently in effect, and is calculated as follows.
45 hours @ $7.25 = $326.25
$326.25 less $130.50 per week, credit for room and board determined by the DoL
= $195.75, the weekly wage due Au Pair program participants
3. Effective August 17, 2001, the existing Au Pair program regulations were amended to create the EduCare program component. Au Pairs participating in the EduCare component are paid in accordance with the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act. However, as a matter of administrative convenience for both Department-designated sponsors and participating host families, the weekly compensation for EduCare Au Pairs is calculated as 75 percent of the weekly wage currently paid to all Au Pair participants.
$195.75, the weekly wage due Au Pair program participants .75(195.75)
= $146.81, seventy-five percent of the weekly wage due Au Pair program participants.
4. In 1997, in response to a request for an advisory opinion on whether a $10 credit may be possible as an offset to the educational expenses paid by host families participating in the Au Pair program, the DoL (4) advised that host families may not take credit in meeting their minimum wage obligations for either tuition costs or medical insurance. The Au Pair program sponsors were notified on March 13, 1997, and a copy of the DOL advisory opinion was provided to them.
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