Office Depot Introduces Exclusive Limited Edition No. 14 Tony S...
#1 Jan 14, 2010
I have to get this. A bit high price wise but what better way to show support for Stewart in the office.
#2 Jan 14, 2010
I'm more interested in knowing where this chair is manufactured at.
If its an Import from China, I'll pass and buy a locally made chair.
#3 Jan 14, 2010
Even IF it's made in America all the parts don't have to be made in America.
#4 Jan 14, 2010
Then what's the point in trying to buy american made goods if the parts aren't? Doesn't make much sense.
#5 Jan 14, 2010
I think she's saying that it could say made in america and contain parts that have not been made in America.
#6 Jan 14, 2010
Then, its not really made in America. If that is the case, its being assembled with parts coming from elsewhere,(mainly china), still doesn't make it AMERICAN MADE AND MANUFACTURED.
Part of the reason why I no longer buy souveniors....they are imported. And I refuse to support China anymore than what I have to.
#7 Jan 14, 2010
You're pretty stoopid. How would you know if it was assembled here the parts didn't come from China. You're unstable.
The point is even if it says assembled in America it's parts still wont be all American. I'm going to check back in about 2 years to see if you understand. How many people need to explain?
#8 Jan 15, 2010
And you're an idiot. Keep buying those products made in China, ya loser.
Since: Oct 09
#9 Jan 15, 2010
When you buy an American car do you take the time to ask them . Were was this car built Canada ,Mexico Or the US? And when you get something fixed do ask to see where the repair parts are coming from .Because if you do not ask or tell them to replace with American parts . Repair shops use after market parts .I know this for a fact so I have worked in Parts Dept in Gm dealerships & Napa if you do not ask for American you get the cheap stuff .They make a bigger profit . J/A
#10 Jan 15, 2010
Cleo just doesn't get it. She might have only went to 7th grade or has a mental block of sorts. Send her back to Lorf.
#11 Jan 15, 2010
I get my parts back when I get my car fixed, always. And the repair shop knows that I prefer to have a higher quality part installed rather than the plastic type parts. So, they are pretty good with me.
I am just trying to do my part in bringing some business home to the US, rather than China.
#12 Jan 15, 2010
And you are an idiot.
Since: Oct 09
#13 Jan 15, 2010
I need a new office chair but there are no Office Depots around here. I will not buy something like this unless I can see it & try it out .Sucks to be me .But if anyone on here goes to look at one can you let me know if it is worth the money .
#14 Jan 16, 2010
I'll go check one out when I get the chance and I'll let you know. I have to make somewhat frequent trip to Office Depot, so it should be interesting to see if it's as comfortable as it looks. It better be, because the price is a pretty hefty one. Hopefully they'll actually have 1 at one of the two Depot's that I frequent.
If anyone gets one before/if I get to check it out, let us know what you think about it. I'm interested to find out if people like it or not. Like I said, it looks pretty damn comfortable to me. But as we all know, looks can be deceiving.
#15 Jan 16, 2010
I went to get it and they don't have it at my local office depot. Make sure they carry it before you waste your time going there.
#16 Jan 21, 2010
Did you get to check it out yet?
#17 Apr 24, 2011
An au pair provides cultural live-in childcare. It is the most affordable and flexible form of childcare whilst the au pair gets the opportunity to ‘live the language’. Au pair is also often called live-in-carer, nanny, mom’s help, mother’s help or even childminder. Although we can place au pairs throughout Australia, most au pairs are placed in/near the major cities such as Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide.
Family au pairs generally work 25 – 35 hours including 2 evenings babysitting. During school holidays, extra hours can be agreed to suit your family requirements.
Most au pairs already have very good English skills and can help with school-runs, homework, after school activities, meal times and light housework. Hosting an au pair in your family is both fun and educational for your children.
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To facilitate the most flexible childcare solution, our au pair agency offer candidates from Europe, mostly Germany, France, Sweden, Finland and the Netherlands. We also have limited number of applicants from English speaking countries such as the UK, Canada and USA. Applicants travel on a Working Holiday visa, which means they can stay in your family for up to 6 months on the au pair program.
HOURS AND POCKET MONEY
Host families provide full board and pocket money in exchange for the au pair’s help in the family. The au pair pays for their own flights to Australia, travel insurance, visa and language classes but families are expected to provide airport collection on arrival.
Family Au Pair (25-35 hours per week including babysitting)
• On duty approx. 5 hours per day, 5 days per week
• Babysitting can be 2-3 evenings per week
• Free time minimum 2 full days, at least every other weekend
• Minimum pocket money $150-$180 = 25hrs +$8 for extra hours (school holidays etc)
• Minimum pocket money for Gold + Diamond candidates $180-$210 = 25 hrs +$10 for extra hours (native speakers or experienced candidates)
• No sole care for children under 2
• Limited light housework
Pocket money varies depending on the number of hours and the level of experience of the au pair.
Candidates with childcare qualifications and/or at least one year of childcare experience are listed in our Diamond category. They are generally willing and able to take on higher levels of responsibility and do substantially longer hours.
As an employer you are required to register with the ATO, even though most au pairs stay below the income tax level. For the purpose of the tax office, they are considered 'residents'.
In all cases, families should provide a comfortable room and full board. Duty hours should allow an au pair free time to meet with friends, go sightseeing and possibly study or attend (language) classes. Two days per week should be free and suitable compensation should be agreed if extra work is required.
During school holidays you may ask your au pair to care for the children all day at extra pay or in exchange for additional days off another week.
Some families, especially in remote areas, will also contribute towards travel expenses or give access to a car.
If you have broadband internet that they can use to keep in touch with home, it will minimize the risk of them being homesick.
#19 Apr 24, 2011
An au pair pays for her/his own flights to Australia but should be collected from the airport. If the au pair attends the optional orientation program, the family provides local travel to family home, preferably by collecting her from the hostel or booking onward flights if applicable.
Orientation is now available in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth.
It is very important to agree in advance what you expect from each other.
WHAT EXPERIENCE CAN I EXPECT?
We encourage host families to involve their au pair in family activities from shared meals to sports and days out. It is important that the au pair is given the opportunity to attend language classes.
Many host families only require a genuine affection for children from their au pair. Practical experience is an advantage, even if it is only babysitting, as is an outgoing nature for coping and living with new people in a foreign country. We expect an au pair to be honest, mature and responsible.
Au pairs with fluent English and additional childcare experience are very popular. Some have a background in education or have been (summer) au pair before. Expect to pay more pocket money for experienced candidates.
Consider if your family has specific requirements. A family where sole care is required, especially with more than 2 children, very young children or a child with special needs will benefit from a person with some experience. A family with teenage boys may consider a male au pair to connect with the boys through sports and hobbies and a young mum may wish to consider an au pair with some baby experience.(no sole care for the baby!).
Ensure your profile reflects your requirements – we will talk about it in our consultation!
An au pair is not a domestic help, nor a qualified nanny. Helpfulness and enthusiasm is expected, experience is a bonus. They should not be expected to take charge of all household chores or all childcare.
Au Pairs and driving.
Many families need the au pair to drive the children to/from school and activities. If yous au pair has a driving license from the UK or an EEA country, they are permitted to drive in Australia.
However, the fact that the au pair has a driving license does not guarantee suitability to drive in Australia. As driving in Australia is different it is best to consider a driver with some experience AND book a few lessons with a qualified driving instructor to familiarise them with your local area and road rules in Australia. Then give them time to practice before driving your vehicle on their own and transporting your children.
You will need to arrange appropriate insurance for the car that the au pair will be driving.(more info in FAQ section)
EXPECTED & UNSUITABLE DUTIES
Duties will vary by family, but most families expect the following to be part of the au pair’s duties. The balance of the au pair position should always be on childcare, rather than household duties.
• Wake the children in the morning and get them ready
• Help the children to tidy their rooms and make their beds
• Prepare breakfast and lunch for the children
• Clean up breakfast dishes
• Make sure children have books and homework for school
• Drive children to/from school (if needed)
• Tasks while children are at school: some shopping, light housework
• Prepare a healthy afternoon snack
• Assist the children with their homework, initiate and supervise play
#20 Apr 24, 2011
We ask the host family to outline their expected duties in the profile. Prior to the arrival of the au pair we also recommend preparing a detailed handbook, for which we provide you with a template. It outlines jobs and basic house rules so that expectations are clear and the au pair has a fair chance of not only meeting but exceeding your expectations.
List of duties considered unsuitable for an au pair:
Cleaning the oven, other than simple wiping out
Washing the family car (expected if au pair is main user)
Clearing up after untrained pets
Making parents bed
Ironing for parents *
Cleaning parents’ en-suite bathroom
Cooking the family meal, unless the au pair enjoys cooking and has chosen to do this for the family
*these duties can be included where there is less childcare and the children are out of the house for most of the day or optional for extra pay.
Au pairs should not be required to do housework such as cleaning and ironing at the same time as looking after young children.
WHAT ABOUT FREE TIME?
An au pair should have 2 days off per week and at least 3 evenings per week of free time (2 evening babysitting are included). At least one full weekend per month should be given.
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