The government of Kenya seeks to amend the employment act through the bill sponsored by Nominated member of Parliament Gideon Keter who represents the youths in parliament. The bill seeks to bar employers from demanding clearance certificates from various government institutions before employing job seekers. The clearance certificates from institutions such HELB, KRA, CRB ,DCI and EACC among others.
The employment amendment bill is going for the second reading ,the bill will ensure the employers don’t deny youths employment opportunities for failing to present the certificates during interviews . The bill proposes that the employers gives the youths ample time to provide the requisite documents. If the employer gives the job seekers more time but fails to do so , the employer may withdraw the offer of employment.
The bill therefore seeks to amend Section 9 of the Employment Act ,2011 in order to reduce costs incurred by the youths while seeking jobs. The job seekers who seek employment for the first time and are therefore unable to pay for the clearance certificates required by the employers. The bill seeks to off load the burden to the youths by curtailing the employers to allow the job seekers to give out the clearance or compliance certificates only upon granting an offer of employment.
The clearance and compliance certificates costs the youths a great deal. A job seeker has to part with 2200 for CRB, 1050 for A Certificate of Good Conduct which expires after one year from the date of issuance. Compliant Certificates from KRA and HELB which depends on remittances of tax and loans that were sought when one was pursuing high Education learning.
It will be a reprieve if the bill is successfully amended so that the youths are given an equal chance when applying for job opportunities.