Nannies in the US will soon have their paychecks and benefits increased in the wake of President Donald Trump’s new executive order.
The changes are expected to come into effect starting on January 1.
According to The Wall Street Journal, the changes are the result of Trump’s orders to “enhance the flexibility of the US workforce,” as well as to “create a more competitive market for nannies.”
The order will also boost the wages of US nannys.
The American Association of Nannys (AAN) said in a statement that it was “very pleased” with the new wage hikes.
“The new wage hike will be very welcome and a great first step in ensuring that all of our workers receive a fair raise,” AAN president and CEO, Michelle L. Smith, said in the statement.
Under the order, all workers will see their weekly wage increase as well.
The increases will apply to the wages for both hourly and salaried employees.
The order is expected to boost the average hourly wage by 1.3% to $9.20, and increase the hourly wage for salaries to $15.25 from $14.25.
The new salary hikes will go into effect for all US nanny jobs on January 2, with an additional $2,000 increase to the hourly rate.
Currently, nannymakers must have a minimum of five years of experience in the field, while salarials must have at least six years of full-time experience.
While the pay increases will be a boon for all nannying workers, there are some who are concerned about the increased costs.
Annette Bausch of the National Association of Retired People (NARP), told The Wall St. Journal that her organization “is very concerned” about the increase in paychecks.
Bausch told the paper that she thinks it is “too soon” to know the full impact of the wage hike.
She said that the higher wages will be “an insult to those who have worked for years for little or no pay.”
Bauer and Smith are not the only nanny advocacy groups who have voiced concerns.
NARs American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) also voiced concerns about the new pay hike, which will come into force on January 15.
On Friday, the NARP also urged the Trump administration to stop “exploiting” nanny benefits.
The group said that there is “no reason” for employers to pay overtime and “labor has suffered during the administration of this president,” and called for a full investigation into how the administration is planning to “override the provisions” of the order.