Family Responsibilities

This page was last updated on: 2021-03-18

Paternity Leave

Employment Act provides for two weeks/14 working days  of paid paternity leave. Written notice is not required to proceed on paternity leave but employer may ask for it.

Source: § 29(8) of the Employment Act 2007

Parental Leave

There is no provision in the law on paid or unpaid parental leave.

The Employment (Amendment) Bill 2019, currently under consideration at Kenyan Parliament, provides for pre-adoption leave. A married female employee is entitled to a fully paid pre-adoption leave of three consecutive months from the date of the placement of child. A married male employee is also entitled to a fully paid pre-adoption leave for two weeks. The employee should notify employer in writing the intention of adoption society to place child in the custody of the employee at least 14 days before the adoption of child. It should also include the custody agreement between the adoption society and employee and an exit certificate. 

Flexible Work Option for Parents / Work-Life Balance

No provisions could be located in the law supporting work-life balance for parents or workers with family responsibilities.

Regulations on Family Responsibilities

  • Employment Act, 2007

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