Originally, I tried to find a nanny on my own and it took me much, much longer and only half of them spoke English. I had to do my own background checks. Morningside Nannies made it much easier, faster and more efficient.
Morningside Nannies was far more professional and focused than the other agencies. They listened to my request and responded promptly. I feel very fortunate to have such superb childcare and appreciate the luxury of returning to work with-out worry. Many thanks go to Morningside Nannies for that.
I had an emergency situation and had a nanny sent over for the following day. I am so pleased with the service provided by Morningside Nannies. My son immediately fell in love with the nanny assigned to us. We couldn’t be happier.
Morningside Nannies blew the others away!
The first person you recommended met my needs perfectly.
Morningside Nannies only sent me nannies that fit my needs. I felt that I wasn’t sent the resume of everyone on file.
Compared to other agencies Morningside presented a higher caliber of candidate.
Morningside Nannies was outstanding. The process was stress free and the caliber of applicants was far superior to that of other agencies. Morningside Nannies was thorough in their review and timely presentation of candidates.
During our search for our current nanny I used several well-known services in Houston. I found that Morningside Nannies had the highest- quality applicants in town.
As a new mom I was nervous about hiring a nanny, but now I couldn’t be more pleased. I’ve sung your praises to everyone I know.
GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR PLACEMENT SERVICES
As the Client I agree to use the services of Morningside Nannies, (hereinafter referred to as MN) in the referral of a childcare, eldercare provider or housekeeper, (hereinafter referred to as an “employee” “applicant” “nanny” or “candidate”) in my household. Agree to Pay: In consideration for the aforementioned referral, I will pay a referral fee to MN. This fee is contingent upon my hiring a candidate that MN has referred to me. I understand, agree and accept that all candidates’ profiles and files of applicants, which are received from MN, is the property of MN and the contents are confidential. I agree that I will not disclose to anyone the names, addresses and/or telephone numbers of any candidate. If, within one year of the date of the original referral I offer employment to a candidate that MN has introduced to me the full placement fee will be due to MN. If I violate this provision and any information contained in the file is disclosed to a third party by me, and that third party hires the applicant, I agree to pay the placement fee of said applicant. In the event that MN presses suit to enforce this provision, then the prevailing party shall be reimbursed for court costs and reasonable attorney fees. (See accompanying fee schedule.) Receipt of Fees: Should I hire an employee through MN I understand that referral fees are due when the offer is extended and accepted and it is required that payment is received at that time. I understand that I may prepay the referral fee by check or cash at the time of registration or authorize the use of my credit card number as payment for placement (see credit card authorization form, page 2.) My new employee will not be permitted to start work until MN has received full fees. All fees paid are non-refundable. Referral fees are not deposited until I agree to employ the candidate. Replacement: (this applies to long term, full time, (35 hours or more) live out placements only): Should employee replacement become necessary within the first ninety (90) calendar days immediately following my employee’s first day of employment, MN will refer additional candidates to me. I may hire one (1) candidate without payment of an additional fee. I must notify MN within seven (7) days of the last day worked or when the decision has been made to terminate, or when my employee has given notice of their intent to leave their position. Written notice is required and should include the reason for termination and the date termination is/or will be effective. If subsequent replacements (this applies to full time live out placements only) are needed during the 90-day period or for the twelve (12) months following the original employee’s anniversary of the start date, MN agrees to charge a (50%) reduced placement fee. If notification requirements are not met, or if MN learns that the employee was mistreated, or the employee’s duties changed in a manner unacceptable to the employee or that the employee was not paid the agreed upon wage in a timely manner, the provisions of the Placement Policy will be null and void. MN understands the urgency that arises when a replacement is needed and therefore treats replacements with the highest priority. MN will begin the search for new candidates immediately upon receipt of proper notification. MN will discontinue the search for a replacement if I do not find a suitable replacement because I have not made myself available to interview potential employees within thirty-days. I understand that the time it will take to find a replacement is unpredictable. Background Screening: A written background search report will be provided when an offer of long-term employment has been made to a particular applicant that MN has referred. The report will include a multi-state criminal court records search, a Harris County felony and misdemeanor search, an identity verification report, a social security trace, a sex offender search, a wants and warrants search and a driving history. A professional preemployment screening firm performs MN’s searches that are available usually within 24 hours. A multi-state criminal check is run on all nannies that are hired on a long-term or short-term basis. These checks are important tools in screening out undesirable care providers; however, no combination of background checks is 100% failsafe. If the background report is not clear, MN will call and notify me. If I find the candidate unacceptable based on the information reported I am allowed to retract my offer of employment and prepaid fees will be refunded. Hiring: I agree to notify MN as to whom I would like to hire, what the start date will be and the starting salary (based on gross wages) that is agreed upon. Upon the applicant’s acceptance of the offer and receipt of the referral fee, MN will then run the above described background screening. If time is an issue, I may make the offer of employment directly to the applicant, but must notify MN within twenty-four (24) hours of the offer and acceptance. Fax, voice mail and e-mail are available twenty-four (24) hours a day. MN doesn’t initiate the background search until an applicant has accepted a job offer. Background screening reports are normally available on the same business day MN is notified. References: MN will provide me with an employment history on each applicant. The written references will include the applicant’s past employers’ names, the dates of employment and the comments the employer made in regard to the candidate. The references’ phone numbers will be given to me after I have expressed interest in employing the candidate. MN will begin a search only if the information below is completed and a guarantee of payment by credit card, cash or check is accompanying this contract. Guarantee of Payment: By submitting this agreement I authorize MN to charge the agreed referral fee to my American Express, MasterCard or Visa credit card account if I hire an applicant that MN has referred to me. If I am not comfortable giving out the required credit card information, than please go to the top of the right hand column, download the Long Term package, fill it out and send it, along with a separate check for the full amount of the search fee and the placement fee(the equivalent of six (6) weeks of the nanny’s gross weekly salary.) You can also make out two separate checks for these fees. A fee will not be due unless the candidate has been hired by me and I will be notified that MN will be processing the charge to my account. No charge will be made without MN attempting to notify me. I understand the above statement regarding Guarantee of Payment. I authorize Morningside Nannies to charge my credit card account if I hire an applicant from Morningside Nannies.
I understand and agree that if I employ an applicant referred to me by Morningside Nannies, or I refer that candidate to a third party and the candidate is hired by that person I will be obligated to pay the referral fee. In addition, I further understand that in the event that Morningside Nannies must seek collection of fees or any portion thereof, I shall be responsible to pay all costs of such collection, including court costs and reasonable attorney’s fees. I also understand that the majority of work done by Morningside Nannies is done in Houston, Harris County, Texas and that in connection with this contract I stipulate and agree that any litigation, which arises from this contract, will be placed in the jurisdiction limits of Houston, Harris County, Texas.
CREDIT CARD USAGE TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Client Acknowledgment and Release: MN is a referral service and does not maintain an employer/employee relationship with any candidate. Accordingly I accept that it is my responsibility to interview any candidates selected for referral by MN, to contact references or prior employers and to thoroughly review all of the information made available by MN concerning the candidate. MN will exercise its best efforts in referring the most suitable candidates but cannot make any guarantees; expressed or implied, regarding the performance of the person referred to me and subsequently employed by me. I will be provided with a written Replacement Policy at the time I hire a long term, full time, live out employee and must sign this form and return a copy to MN. There shall be no additions, deletions or modifications made to this contract. MN strongly encourages my employee and I to both sign and date a job description/employment agreement specifying the condition of employment before employment commences. If MN does not receive a copy of this agreement MN will become sole judge of employer/employee disputes as it pertains to employee replacement. The Replacement Policy will be in effect only if MN receives copies of these documents within the first two weeks of the candidate’s employment. I understand that MN does not have any control over the services provided by the candidate (my employee) to the child or the adult. MN does not act as the supervisor of my employee and it is my responsibility to supervise the activities of the candidate while I employ him or her.
I release and discharge forever Morningside Nannies, its respective officers, directors, agents and employees from all actions, causes of action, claims and demands for injuries, accidents, sickness and damages of whatsoever nature, whether known or unknown, which may be sustained by me or my dependent arising out of the performance or nonperformance of the candidate (my employee.) I, hereby agree to indemnify and save harmless MN from all injuries, losses, damages and expenses, should any claim, demand or suit be made by me on behalf of my child, children, ward(s) or parent(s).
I have read and I accept this agreement and I have retained a copy for my personal records (click on the SUBMIT/PRINT button). I understand that clicking on the SUBMIT button and submitting this form and contract is the equivalent of signing this document.