It is important for a host family to know and remember your duties towards the au pair. The rules are made to ensure that au pairs and the au pair-scheme is not being exploited.
It is important that the au pair and the host family agree upon the conditions through the “Contract for cultural exchange between au pair and host family.” This you can find on UDIs webpage. If you want to talk more about the content of the rules and duties, you can contact Caritas au pair-center.
• A host family can only have one au pair at a time.
• The au pair has the right for free bed and lodging.
• You must pay the au pair a minimum salary/pocket money of at least 5900 NOK before tax per month. UDI can change the rate and you must increase accordingly.
• The au pair must attend a Norwegian course of the minimum value of 8850 NOK per year (from the starting date). You must assist in finding a course and you are responsible for the payment. In addition, you must cover necessary travel expenses related to the course.
• You must provide a private bedroom for the au pair that is not used by other family members.
• You must ensure that the au pair is being tested for tuberculosis straight after arrival if he/she comes from a high incidence country (see Folkehelseintituttet). It is the local health clinic of the municipality that oversees the facilitation of this.
• You must provide insurance for the au pair to cover the journey back to his/her home in case of serious disease, injury or death.
• The au pair has the right to vacation and holiday pay following the Holiday Act. Because the permission is for cultural exchange, the au pair should be able to decide when he or she wants vacation.
• It is required of the host family to make sure that the au pair is not harassed or exposed to other improper behaviour, and that his or her dignity is not violated.