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NSSF widens net to domestic employees

Thursday, May 9, 2013 - 00:00 -- BY LOLA OKULO

THE National Social Security Fund plans to carry out spot checks in homes to ensure employers comply with the new law that requires domestic workers to register their employees with the fund.

 NSSF, which issued a notice last week urging these employers to register the workers by end of May said failure to do so contravenes the law and such employers risk prosecution.

 "Employers of domestic workers (househelps, shamba boys and gardeners) are therefore required by law to register them with NSSF and remit their contributions," said NSSF in the notice.

 On October 2009, a gazette notice made it mandatory for category one to four workers in which domestic employees fall, to be part of the NSSF directing that all employers register this group of workers.

 "NSSF hereby gives amnesty to all domestic employers who will register with the fund as employers and have their employees registered by 31 May 2013," said NSSF. NSSF communications manager Christopher Khisa said they would sensitise the workers on their rights to pension benefits.

 Khisa said that apart from the random checks to push for registration of domestic workers with the NSSF, the Fund will also rely largely on public goodwill where it expects employers to adhere to the law without coercion.

 "It is against the law not to register your domestic employee and as a citizen you should think whether you are going to adhere to the law or break it," added Khisa.

 The Kenya Union of Domestic, Hotel, Educational Institutions, Hospitals and Allied Workers secretary general Albert Njeru said they have been holding meetings to sensitise their target group to ensure they benefit from social security schemes such as NSSF and then National Health Insurance Fund.