Tuesday, May 19, 2015

How has Insecurity affected the employer-employee relations and Investments in Kenya

Kenya has sadly experienced a tide of terrorist attacks mainly in the Northern Counties of Garissa, Wajir and Mandela.

One of the critical effect of insecurity that i believe has been ignored is how insecurity has negatively stirred the job market. Kenyans from other regions have expressed concerns about their security. This has affected both the private and public sectors. But most importantly, what does is portend for devolution and national integration.

Most recently, Baringo and Turkana counties have also experienced a tide is inter-communal raids. Recalling that Turkana is at the centre-stage of ongoing oil exploration, how will insecurity disturb the job market. Finally how does such internal conflict affect economic activities and investments especially as relates to the oil sector.

These and other questions are the focus of my upcoming article.

You can post your comments and thoughts as we seek to offer solutions for our beloved country

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Adoptive Leave now proposed

Did you know that the Employment (Amendment) Bill 2015 sponsored by Senator Martha Wangari proposes to introduce Adoptive Leave.

This is leave granted once an individual or a couple adopt a child in accordance with the Children's Act. The period leave will range from 1 to 3 months depending on the age of the adopted child. Interestingly the leave can be granted to a man or woman meaning if a man adopts a child, then he will be entitled to adoptive leave if the Bill is enacted into law.

If a couple is adopting, the wife will go for the prescribed 1 - 3 months leave while the husband will be entitled to two weeks adoptive leave.

In my view this is a quite innovative bill. It highlights the way in which the Constitution has introduced a new dynamic to Employment and Labour Relations laws.

It remains to be seen whether it will be passed into law.

You can access the bill through the following link:- http://kenyalaw.org/kl/fileadmin/pdfdownloads/bills/2015/Employment_Amendment_Bill2015.pdf
Have a wonderful week.