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National Employment Authority Act

 

An Act of Parliament established to provide for a comprehensive institutional framework for employment management; to enhance employment promotion interventions; to enhance access to employment for youth, minorities and marginalized groups and for connected purposes.

(a)

give effect to Articles 55(c) and 56(c) of the Constitution;

(b)

provide for the maintenance of a database of all Kenyans seeking employment;

(c)

provide a framework to facilitate increased employment of Kenyans in the national government, county government, State organs, and national and county government entities;

(d)

provide for a framework and facilitation of employment of Kenyans in the private sector;

(e)

facilitate and promote equity and diversity, and eliminate discrimination in the employment of Kenyans;

(f)

give effect to the constitutional values and principles in matters of employment.

(a)

the national government;

(b)

the private sector; and

(c)

the informal sector.

In order to facilitate access to employment pursuant to Article 55(c) of the Constitution, a person seeking employment shall register with the Authority in accordance with this Act.

(1)

There is established a body to be known as the National Employment Authority.

(2)

The Authority is a body corporate with perpetual succession and a common seal and shall, in its corporate name, be capable of—

(a)

suing and being sued;

(b)

taking, purchasing or otherwise acquiring, holding, charging or disposing of movable and immovable property;

(c)

borrowing money or making investments;

(d)

entering into contracts; and

(e)

doing or performing all other acts or things for the proper performance of its functions under this Act which may lawfully be done or performed by a body corporate.

(1)

The headquarters of the Authority shall be in Nairobi.

(2)

The Authority shall ensure reasonable access of its services in all parts of Kenya, so far as it is appropriate to do so having regard to the nature of the service.

(3)

Notwithstanding subsections (1) and (2), the Authority shall keep and maintain an up-to-date data system and other service delivery mechanisms that are accessible in all parts of Kenya.

The functions of the Authority shall be to—

(a)

advise on formulation of employment policies and strategies for national and county governments;

(b)

advise both the national and county governments on any policy matter concerning employment;

(c)

develop methodologies for employment measurement, management and promotion;

(d)

conduct periodic surveys on labour market skills requirements and advice training institutions and job seekers appropriately to ensure that training and skills match the job market requirements;

(e)

monitor implementation of employment policies and programmes;

(f)

facilitate cooperation with the national government, the private sector, the informal sector and foreign governments and institutions to promote and increase access to employment;

(g)

facilitate, continuous training and other activities of Kenyans to improve of their chances of employment and work skills;

(h)

register persons seeking employment;

(i)

maintain an integrated and up-to-date database of all persons seeking employment;

(j)

facilitate the employment and placement of job seekers in formal and informal or any other form of employment, locally and internationally;

(k)

circulate in a timely manner job vacancies advertised to job seekers throughout Kenya through appropriate means including use of social media, internet, and published materials;

(l)

provide counseling to the unemployed and undertake activities to promote employment;

(m)

facilitate the implementation of national policies on employment;

(n)

take necessary steps to encourage equal opportunity employment practices for the benefit of the unemployed; and

(o)

perform such other function as may be assigned to it by any other written law.

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