You have 30 days to start remitting National Hospital Insurance Fund deductions for your househelp or risk incurring a monthly penalty equal to five times the contribution.
In a notice published on Wednesday, NHIF is offering a 30-day amnesty for those yet to comply with the June legal guidelines governing employment of domestic workers published by the Ministry of Labour.
The rules offered domestic workers a legal framework to demand minimum wages, employment contracts, deductions for pensions and medical care, among other work benefits.
“The notice mostly targets small employers with a workforce of less than five as they constitute the majority of employers who have not yet declared their employees,” said Mr Richard Sigei, manager micro-insurance and sponsored programmes at the hospital fund while hinting that most of these employers are those in the domestic services category.
Hospital fund members contribute Sh320 a month.
The NHIF Act provides that employers are penalised five times the amount of monthly contribution to the fund for every non-member employee on their payroll.