Leave

Information on annual leave, sick leave, maternity, paternity and parental leave, public holidays and other leave.

Kenya :: Public holidays 2020

 January 1New Year’s Day (Wednesday)April 10Good FridayApril 13Easter MondayMay 1Labour Day (Friday)May 25Idd ul Fitr/End of Ramadan (Monday)June 1Madaraka Day/National Day (Monday)July 31Idd ul Azha (Muslims only) (Friday)October 10Moi day (Saturday)October 20Mashujaa Day/National Day (Tuesday)November 14Diwali (Hindus only) (Saturday)December 12Jamhuri Day/National Day (Saturday)December 25Christmas Day (Friday)December 26Boxing Day (Saturday)The High Court has ruled that the removal in 2010 of Moi day, celebrated as a non-working public holiday on October 10th, was unlawful …

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Kenya :: Public holidays 2021

 January 1New Year’s Day (Friday)April 2Good FridayApril 5Easter MondayMay 1Labour Day (Saturday)May 14Idd ul Fitr (End of Ramadan) (Friday)June 1Madaraka Day (National Day) (Tuesday)July 20Idd ul Azha (only for Muslims) (Tuesday)October 10Moi Day / Huduma Day (Sunday)October 11Moi Day Holiday (Monday)October 20Mashujaa Day / National Day (Wednesday)November 4Diwali (Hindus only) (Thursday)December 12Jamhuri Day (Sunday)December 13Jamhuri Day Holiday (Monday)December 25Christmas Day (Saturday)December 26Boxing Day (Sunday)Kindly note that the dates for 2021 in our tables must still be regarded as provisional as they may be modified by local official bodies …

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Kenya :: Sick leave

Notification requirements  The employee must notify their employer of their absence and the reasons for the absence as soon as is practically possible …

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Kenya :: Public holidays

The following public holidays apply every year:New Year’s Eve (January 1st)Good Friday (varies from year to year)Easter Monday (varies from year to year)Labour Day (May 1st)Madaraka Day (June 1st)Idd-uk-Fitr (depends on the sighting of moon) Kanyatta Day (October 20th)Independence Day (December 12th)Christmas Day (December 25th)Boxing Day (December 26th)In addition to the days specified above, those who belong to the Islamic faith will also be entitled to Idd-ul-Azha (the day depends on the sighting of the moon) and those who belong to the Hindu faith will be entitled to Diwali (the days will depend on the Hindu calendar) …

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Kenya :: Other leave

There are no statutory provisions in the Employment Act about other types of leave, such as compassionate leave, leave to care for young child or study leave …

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Kenya :: Maternity, paternity and parental leave

Employees are entitled to three months of maternity leave …

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Kenya :: Annual leave

Annual leave entitlement Employees are entitled to at least 21 days of paid annual leave after every 12 months of continuous service with their employer …

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