Employer’s Quagmire

We are living through a time of unprecedented uncertainty with far reaching socio-economic consequences in the midst of the current Covid-19 crisis which has been declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organisation on 11th March, 2020. COVID – 19 has become the greatest health concern in the world during our time with a number of cases and deaths confirmed and reported in Kenya.

Refer to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2020_coronavirus_pandemic_in_Kenya for accurate Covid-19 Pandemic updates.

In response, the President, the Cabinet Secretary of Health and other Government of Kenya authorities have issued directives and guidelines to how the country should take urgent measures ensuring safety of all citizens. We continue to seek guidance from these agencies, public health officials and government agencies on an ongoing basis. Some of these directives have impacted business and all around Business As Usual is no longer our normal. We’re all operating in a “new normal sphere”. Is your business ready to adopt?

In the foregoing circumstances;

  1. What does this mean for your business as regards your staff?
  2. How long can you as an employer sustain payroll? One month? Etc…if not, what is your legal obligation?
  3. What are some of the legal considerations or options for employers during these unprecedented times and for the future?

For in-depth and concise legal advisory for employers and employees alike, kindly contact Esbon Kahungu via esbon.kahungu@kernelassociates.co.ke Esbon is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya as well an Employment, Labour Relations specialist and Legal Associate.