Paid maternity leave for nanny?
I am hoping to tap into the collective wisdom of BPN. My son's nanny is pregnant (due in June) and will take about 3 months off for maternity leave. How have others navigated payment and maternity leave? I give her sick and vacation time, which would cover 3-4 weeks of her leave at full pay. Have others paid their nannies additional maternity leave if their nanny is returning to work for them after their leave? And if so, how much & for how long have you paid (i.e. a percentage of salary a la state programs)? I want to be a fair/good employer, but I will have to pay a temporary nanny to cover our nanny's leave and won't be able to afford paying both.
Additionally, this of course, has all been complicated by the COVID-19 pandemic - I am a healthcare worker and currently deployed as a disaster service worker, so telecommuting isn't an option for me. Our nanny isn't able to continue work due to her being pregnant and risk of exposure to COVID-19 vis a vis my work. My intention had been to keep paying her her regular wage during the pandemic, but soon I will need to start paying a substitute childcare provider and won't be able to afford to pay both.
I'm curious for anyone's thoughts/previous experience with nanny maternity leave, including perspectives in the era of COVID-19- specifically any thoughts on how I can be a fair/decent employer to my nanny, while facing the reality of needing to use a substitute nanny for 5 months.
Thank you in advance and hope everyone is surviving!