MCPS and SEIU Local 500 want to make life work for you

Supporting Service staff in MCPS now have access to Care@Work. This benefit helps SEIU bargaining unit members find and pay for child care for those times when you need it most. 
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The Emergency Child Care Fund, established in Article 35.J of the negotiated Agreement between Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) and SEIU Local 500 for 2018-2020, is intended to support eligible employees who are a part of the SEIU, bargaining unit in dealing with an emergency break in their regular child care arrangements or in situations when their regular child care is unavailable. Eligible parents/guardians may request Backup Care days for up to, but not exceeding, 5 days in a fiscal year (July 1–June 30) per child for children up to 16 years of age.  Parents/guardians cannot use more than 15 Backup Care days per year, regardless of the number of children they may have.  For school age children, summer days, and regularly scheduled holidays/in-service days are not considered emergency breaks in care and therefore are not covered. Emergency snow days are covered. Temporary Part Time hours worked by bargaining unit members and voluntary overtime hours are not eligible, except with approval from the employee’s director. For children who are not school age, provider vacation days or other related closures are only covered if the employee pays for the days as part of child care fees. Bargaining unit staff members must be the legal parent/guardian of a minor child, age 16 or under*, in order to use Backup Care days. Availability of funding may impact availability of benefit. Employees who misuse or fraudulently use this service will be required to reimburse MCPS for the cost of care.  Additional information for this benefit can be found online: http://bit.ly/MCPScare.   

By registering for these services, you agree and warrant that you are an eligible MCPS supporting services employee, that you agree to the terms of use, and that you acknowledge that MCPS assumes no responsibility for any claim, action, damage, or liability arising from your use of this service provided through Care@Work. For the purposes of this paragraph, MCPS includes the Board of Education, and its officers, officials, agents, employees, and students. Nothing herein shall be construed to abrogate, impair, or waive any defense, liability or damages limitation, or governmental immunity of MCPS pursuant to Maryland law, or otherwise. With respect to the Care.com Terms of Use, all MCPS employees utilizing these services are opted out of the terms related to binding arbitration and waiver of class action rights as detailed in Section 13. In addition, MCPS has entered into an Agreement with Care.com, which provides additional terms regarding the use of these services. For avoidance of doubt, Sections 11.1, 11.2, 11.3 (but only as it relates to the aggregate liability cap), 11.4 (but only as it relates to indemnification obligations pursuant to subpart (i) and (iii), and 14 of the Care.com Terms of Use shall not apply to MCPS employees utilizing these services.