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Created 23rd November, 2023

Guidelines for Managing Domestic Staff in Nigeria

To ensure a smooth and secure engagement with your domestic staff in Nigeria, consider the following key actions:

  1. Conduct Due Diligence: Ensure that each employee possesses a bank account and pay their salaries through this account. Having a bank account mandates them to obtain a Bank Verification Number (BVN), a crucial form of identification and verification involving biometric data such as fingerprints.

  2. Pay Salaries via Bank Account: Avoid cash transactions; make all payments through bank accounts. If your staff doesn't have one, assist them in opening an account, as a BVN is required for account setup in Nigeria.

  3. Document and Verify Guarantors: Always request family members as guarantors and record their names, addresses, and contact details. Confirm with the guarantors that they are aware of their role, and if possible, communicate directly with them or arrange a meeting.

  4. Document and Evaluate Recruitment Agency: If you hire employees through an agency, register the agent on our database and assess the quality of their recommendations. Be cautious of agents who frequently relocate domestic workers, as this may indicate potential issues.

  5. Insist on Photo Identification: Our system necessitates photo identification for our records. If an employee lacks one, take a photo with your phone and upload it to their electronic record. Be wary if an employee is reluctant to provide a photo ID.

  6. Insist on Medical Certification: While medical records are not required in our system for confidentiality reasons, it is advisable to take your domestic staff for regular physical check-ups to ensure they are in good health and free from communicable diseases.

How We Can Assist: CheckMyPeople does not make hiring recommendations but empowers you to make informed decisions and maintain a record of your employees' tenure. This acts as an incentive for excellent service, as individuals strive to avoid bad work or criminal record that could affect their future job prospects.

By following these guidelines, you can create a safe and reliable working environment for your domestic staff in Nigeria. If you have any questions or feedback, please share your comments with us.

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