Screen your potential domestic worker

2016-10-28 06:00

TO employ a person without doing a thorough background check could expose households to attack and crime.

Back in the day, when life was simple, hiring a domestic worker, who had been recommended by a friend or family member, was considered the norm.

In a recent incident a live-in domestic worker had been working for her employer for a year and recently got so sick she was unable to go home.

Two weeks later the she died and her employer was left with the problem of finding her family so they could take her body home.

Fortunately, her employer got hold of a family member and broke the news to him.

In a report in New Age last year, spokesperson for the background screening company, Managed Integrity Evaluations, Claudia Naidoo-van der Merwe was interviewed.

Naidoo-van der Merwe said many South African families were becoming vulnerable to attack because of complacency in their employment practices.

She said it is important to exercise caution when employing domestic workers, gardeners and contractors.

The company also warned families not to hire anyone or let children interact with anybody in a professional capacity without doing a thorough background check on them.

“This is a dangerous world we live in and trust has become a luxury we can no longer afford.

“Children encounter many different faces throughout any given day.

“But beware, these supposedly professional faces may mask an unscrupulous past or bad intentions,” Naidoo-van der Merwe said.

She said its imperative for an employer to perform a criminal background and reference check before engaging with potential employees, who they may allow into their home.

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