Calls for Ireland to ratify EU Directive on Au Pairs
Ireland should adopt the following EU directive to protect Au Pairs
DIRECTIVE (EU) 2016/801 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 11 May 2016 on the conditions of entry and residence of third-country nationals for the purposes of research, studies, training, voluntary service, pupil exchange schemes or educational projects and au pairing.
It states that the Member States may determine that the placement of au pairs shall only be carried out by an organisation mediating au pairs under the conditions defined in national law.
Calls for Ireland to take a two-proged approach to illegal domestic work
International Labour Office (2016, p.54) recommends a two-pronged approach to helping domestic workers and the families that employ them.
The first approach is the detection, deterrence, and sanctions, while the second is removing barriers through the simplification of processes to the formalisation of jobs. The report suggests strengthening the benefits and incentives of formal jobs, through income tax deductions or tax credits, VAT (Value Added Tax) reductions (for company service providers), wage subsidies, lower social security contributions and exemptions. These measures would certainly help in-home workers and their employers, as well as the agencies, placing in this volatile sector.