Kenya :: Deductions from wages

According to Section 19 of the Employment Act, an employer is permitted to make the following deductions from employees’ wages: contributions to a provident fund or superannuation scheme or any other scheme which has been approved by the Commissioner for Labour and to which the employee has agreed to contribute; a reasonable amount for any damage or loss to employer’s property; an amount not exceeding a day’s wage where the worker is unlawfully absent; an amount equivalent to the amount of any shortage of money arising from negligence or dishonesty of the employee; any amount paid to the employee in error; any deduction that is authorised by any written law, collective agreement, court order or arbitration award; an amount requested by the employee in writing; or an amount due and payable by the employee in accordance with the terms of a written agreement, by way of repayment or partial repayment of a loan of money made to the employee by the employer (it must not exceed 50% of the wages payable to the employee after all the other deductions made) …

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