Parents Adopting Children to get Paid Leave

By Fatiha Shabir

(fatihashabz@gmail.com)

President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House, signing a bill into law – PSCU

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday, signed into law the Employment (Amendment) Bill of 2019, which will allow parents who apply for adoption of children to be granted one-month pre-adoptive leave with full pay.

The signing happened at State House, Nairobi and was attended by National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi, majority Leader Amos Kimunya and Head of Public Service Dr Joseph Kinyua.

The new Bill amends the Employment Act of 2007 and states that an employee who is an adoptive parent of a child below the age of two, is entitled to an adoption leave of one month inclusive of full pay.

The Bill also includes paternity leave where a male employee, immediately after the delivery of his child, shall have the right to a paternity leave for a period of 14 days with full pay.

The President also signed into law the Business Laws (Amendment) Bill of 2021 which amends several statutes to facilitate the ease of doing business in Kenya.

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