NSSF to register domestic workers during run
24 May 2013, 11:18
Nairobi - Good news for employers as the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) will conduct an offsite registration campaign for domestic workers in Nairobi, Mombasa and Mumias during the Mater Heart Run this Saturday.
The registration exercise to be conducted at Nyayo National Stadium, Mombasa Sports Club and Mumias’ Booker Academy grounds will be undertaken as part of the fund’s ongoing efforts to ensure the registration of all employees including domestic workers ahead of the looming May 31st deadline.
During the events, NSSF members will also access their account statements among other services.
Speaking when he confirmed the offsite registration exercise, NSSF Managing Trustee Tom Odongo disclosed that the prevailing registration campaign and amnesty had so far registered positive progress countrywide.
The fund, which recently donated Kshs 5million in aid of the Mater Heart Run initiative, will seek to register domestic workers during the charitable exercise to provide added convenience for employers participating in the event. The Mater Heart Run is one of the most recognised and noble annual charitable events, organised to raise funds to facilitate corrective heart surgery for children with a Kshs 50million target this year.
Noting that failure to register domestic workers amounts to discrimination, employers wishing to register their domestic workers this weekend, Odongo reiterated will only need to present a copy of their respective employees national identity card to facilitate registration.
“The current amnesty to register domestic workers’ has so far proved to be successful and within our expectations,” Odongo disclosed.
And added: “Ahead of the registration deadline set for Friday next week, our officers across all our 43 branches will be at hand to conduct offsite registration at high traffic zones and locations including the Mater Heart Run.”
At the expiry of the current national amnesty, NSSF recently announced plans to mount a door-to-door inspection exercise in residential houses to enforce a mandatory requirement to register domestic workers with the fund.
The door-to-door inspection exercise will be, conducted across the country by NSSF compliance officers to identify domestic workers -house helps, gardeners and herds boys and drivers among others- who will not have been, registered with the fund at the close of the current amnesty period, which closes on 31st May.
Already, NSSF has drawn up elaborate plans to enforce the mandatory requirement to expand social security coverage to all employees as per NSSF Act Cap 258 of the Laws of Kenya and the constitutional (Section 43) requirements.
The on-going amnesty and registration campaign across NSSF offices and through the fund’s website (www.nssf.or.ke/members) Odongo disclosed is, expected to facilitate the registration of an estimated 2 million workers.
The NSSF cover, Odongo pointed out, will afford domestic workers a number of statutory benefits and grants including the age, invalidity and survivors’ benefits; affording them equal dignity to formal sector workers in their old age.
“Ignorance of the law is no excuse and this means that, employers of domestic workers are required by law to register them with NSSF and remit their contributions or risk legal action.”
As a statutory fund, NSSF is, mandated to register members, collect contributions, invest the contributions and pay specified benefits and currently counts, 1.5million, active members largely drawn from workers in the formal sector of the economy.
The NSSF defined scheme is, financed entirely by the employer/employee monthly contributions set on a current ceiling of Kshs 400per month.