With knowledge economy spreading rapidly across the world, human resource is increasing becoming the backbone of every company that want to remain competitive. Understanding the existing labour laws would ensure harmony at the work place and eliminate conflict.
The Labour Relations Act, 2007
The Act aims to consolidate the law relating to trade unions and trade disputes, to provide for the registration, regulation, management and democratisation of trade unions and employers organisations or federations, to promote sound labour relations through the protection and promotion of freedom of association.
The officials of a trade union or employers’ organisation shall be persons who are, or have been, engaged or employed in the sector for which the trade union or employers’ organisation is registered.
The Act provide for the safety, health and welfare of workers and all persons lawfully present at workplaces, to provide for the establishment of the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health and for connected purposes.
The Work Injury Benefits Act, 2007
The Act provides for compensation to employees for work related injuries and diseases contracted in the course of their employment and for connected purposes.
It says also that an employee who is involved in an accident resulting in the employee’s disablement or death is subject to the provisions of this Act, and entitled to the benefits provided for under this Act.
It says written or verbal notice of any accident provided for in section 22 which occurs during employment shall be given by or on behalf of the employee concerned to the employer and a copy of the written notice or a notice of the verbal notice shall be sent to the Director within twenty-four hours of its occurrence in the case of a fatal accident.
The Employment Act, 2007
The Act is meant to repeal the Employment Act, declare and define the fundamental rights of employees, to provide basic conditions of employment of employees, to regulate employment of children, and to provide for matters connected with the foregoing.
It also says an employer shall pay his employees equal remuneration for work of equal value and an employer who employs twenty or more employees shall, after consulting with the employees or their representatives if any, issue a policy statement on sexual harassment.
The Labour Institutions Act, 2007
It also establishes an Industrial Court with all the powers and rights set out in the Act or any other law, for the furtherance, securing and maintenance of good industrial or labour relations and employment conditions in Kenya.
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