Okay. I decided to start a new thread on this now that I have some more info and can be more explicit in my questions. The information I am seeking is feedback on how much to pay my faithful, hard-working housekeeper as her four year longevity bonus also known as her Antiqüedad.
My friend who has hired and fired housekeepers for 20 years is usually right on the money on dealing with servants fairly and properly. However, in this case, she was confusing severance without cause compensation with longevity pay. I'm not firing Maria. Just giving her a bonus for sticking with us and an incentive to continue doing so in the future.
So I'm really relieved to find I'm not required to pay her 3 months salary plus salary for 20 days times the years of service. In fact, I'm not really required to give her anything. There's no formal contract. But we like her a lot and we're into the whole patrimony thing that is the way of life in Mexico for the Mexican middle and upper class and now, it seems, for me. So I want to Do the Right Thing by a very nice woman who we hope will stay with us until she decides to retire in another 10 or 15 years.
Any suggestions on how to calculate longevity pay for someone who has worked for you faithfully and in an exemplary manner for 4 years and going into year 5? I found one thread that said in Spain about 8 years ago it was calculated at 4% of the base salary although it was unclear as to whether this should be multiplied by number of years of employment or not. But that's not much help, is it?
Would anyone care to suggest an amount YOU would pay in similar circumstances and assuming you were somewhat well-heeled and feeling generous? Or has anyone a link that might lead me to dig up more info?
Thanks in advance. This is always such a useful board with so many knowledgeable and generous people.
Any feedback would be appreciated.
(This post was edited by DavidMcL on Jan 13, 2007, 1:31 PM)