The U.S. Department of Labor determined in 1994 that an employer/employee relationship is
established between the host family and the au pair. Accordingly, the stipend* given an au pair
conform with minimum wage law and adjustments. The Department of Labor, having sole
jurisdiction regarding matters of minimum wage, determines the credit (room and board) to be
applied against the weekly stipend. A full discussion of this matter was set forth in the February
1995 Federal Register notice announcing au pair regulations.
Effective October 1, 1996, the au pair stipend is $128.25. This increase was based upon the
increase in the minimum wage payment.
(Calculation: 45 hours @ $4.75 = $213.75 less a Department of Labor determined credit for room and board in the amount of $85.50 per week equals the weekly stipend.)
Effective September 1, 1997, the au pair stipend will be increased to $139.05. This increase
based upon the increase in minimum wage to take effect on this date.
(Calculation: 45 hours @ $5.15 = $231.75 less a Department of Labor determined credit for room and board in the amount of $92.70 per week equals the weekly stipend.)
In response to the Agency's letter to the Department of Labor which requested an advisory
whether a $10 credit may be possible as an offset to educational expenses paid by host families
participating in the Au Pair program, the Department of Labor** advised the agency that host
families may not take credit in meeting their minimum wage obligations for either tuition costs
medical insurance. Au Pair Program Sponsors were notified on March 13, 1997 by fax and sent
copy of the advisory opinion by certified mail. Accordingly, the minimum weekly stipend has
since October 1, 1996 and remains $128.25.
NOTE: Any host family failing to abide by the effective dates of au pair stipend increases and amount of stipend to be paid to the au pairs is in violation of federally-mandated minimum wage law.
**Letter dated February 28, 1997 from Jordan R. Fraser, Acting Administrator,
Employment Standards Administration,
Wage and Hour Division, U.S. Department of Labor, addressed to Stanley S. Colvin, Assistant
General Counsel, United States