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Au-pair agency pulls out of Massachusetts

WGBH reports an agency that places foreign au pairs with US families says it will no longer place au pairs in Massachusetts now that federal courts have upheld a state law requiring they be paid at least the state minimum wage. It's a different agency than the one an au pair recently sued for back wages.

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The first circuit also includes Maine, NH, RI, and PR. So I assume they are leaving those states as well if they are there.

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The ruling was on a specific Massachusetts law and interpretation.

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Don’t let la porte hit you in the derrière on your way out.

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How much of a cut does this company take off the top to place au pairs?

The workers should organize and keep the difference.

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Who uses these services?

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federal law requires the involvement of an agency for the visa to be granted. it's protectionist rent seeking

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Au pairs work under unusual conditions. They get room and board, and a chance to live in a foreign (to them) country. My cousin's cousin came over from Sweden and worked for a New York Rangers NHL player from Sweden. Not a bad gig.

There's something about economics that makes many minds shut down. People hire au pairs because they can afford them. Raise there salary, and it won't be worth it any more - increase cost, fewer people can afford to buy. Is this difficult? The first article I saw on this subject featured an American couple who couldn't afford day care that allowed both husband and wife to work. So do you really want to put a woman out of work, and keep a young woman from coming to the states to improve her English, in order for you to be a champion of labor?

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and Mia, Darcy had to give up mothers hot yoga and book club, not to mention the affect on Chad's ability too get 18 in on weekends.

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