1. "What do we do if we are traveling (without our nanny) during the Holidays. Do we still need to pay her/him?"
YES! YES! YES! Nannies should be compensated when their Employer leaves town. I cannot tell you how many nannies and housekeepers I have heard of that quit there jobs because their Employer did not pay them when they went out of town.
If you require your nanny and/or housekeeper to work ON Thanksgiving and/or Christmas, she should be paid time and a half for every hour they work.
Happy Thanksgiving to Everyone! We look forward to working with you!