‘Maid inspectors’ must show ID card

2011-09-14 00:00

IF someone knocks at your door holding a clipboard and asksing questions, it is probably a Labour Department employee investigating the employment conditions of the domestic worker.

The Witness sought to clear up the confusion after some users of Facebook’s Crime Spotter group expressed concern about strangers visiting their homes and asking their employees questions.

Hilton-Pietermaritzburg Howick Crime Spotter posted:‎“4 Males in HILTON area asking domestic workers there (sic) working hours etc. Please ask them not to hand out ANY personal information regarding there work etc. The (sic) Claim to be from the Labour department”.

Linda van der Merwe wrote: “So they are becoming more clever now. Domestic workers should not speak to them at ALL. These guys are out to see who next can the (sic) rob.”

Labour department communications manager Jay Anand said all inspectors have been issued with inspector’s cards which show the “signature of the inspector at the front as well as a full colour photo of the inspector”.

Householders can ask to see the laminated card, which “must be produced” by the inspector.

And “because it is a private household, inspectors have to get the consent of residents to enter the premises,” Anand added.

He said there is a code of conduct that every inspector is aware of and if members of the public have a complaint they can call their local police station or the Labour Department.

Felicity Fernandes said on Facebook: “They are legitimate; they are not asking to come into your property. If people don’t pay UIF for their staff, can’t supply proof of pay and proof of 15 days a year holiday... then you have something to worry about.”

Anand said that if people are still “not at ease” after seeing the identification card they should call 033 3415301 or 082 777 3422 to verify the inspector’s details.

Bradford.Keen@media24.com

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