Acting Director-General of National Employment Authority Edith Okoki faced questions from the public via Daily Nation.
The National Employment Authority in its mandate is required to keep a register of job gains and losses. That requires that employers statutorily report any job losses either as a result of retrenchment, dismissal, or natural attrition to the authority. Based on this, how can you characterise the reports the authority has been receiving in so far as job losses are concerned since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic? How does this period compare to the immediate period before the Covid-19 set in? Gabriel Odawa, Eldoret
Sections 76-78 of the Employment Act, 2007 requires an employer to notify the Director of Employment of every vacancy that occurs in their establishment, business or workplace. An employer is also required to notify the director on the filling of a post or its abolition as well as termination or lay-offs.
The National Employment Authority has been receiving more notifications of job losses during the Covid-19 period compared to the immediate period before the Covid-19 set in.
Most of these job loss reports come through termination notifications in form of lay-offs, redundancies and forced leaves.
Madam, your authority is the one charged with licensing the recruitment agencies for Middle East jobs. I have recently noticed that the number of young women applying to go to the Middle East has gone up substantially and almost all the agencies whose licenses had at one time been withdrawn are all back in business. Can you assure the public that the agencies are fully compliant and that the young women’s rights are fully protected when they leave Kenya to work in the Middle East? Mwanaisha I. Hassan, Nairobi