I would like to know if I will be liable for anything that may happen to the children if I run an online nanny/babysitter services?

I’m planning to create an online nanny/sitter service site where nannies/babysitters could post their profile to look for a job as well as parents could go in and search for nannies or babysitters.

Asked on June 25, 2012 under Business Law, Maryland


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Yes, you could potentially be liable if you provide or perform any sort of "vetting" process or recommendation/referral process for the nannies or babysitters, and one of them turns out to someone who should not have been referred or passed vetting. You exposure would be much less if, like Craigslist, you merely act as an online "bulletin board" and do not touch, review, vouch for, etc. the content in any significant way. It is strongly recommended that you consult in detail with an attorney with experience in internet law before doing this.

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