Ministry of Labour Sets Out Guidelines for Employees with Disabilities during Covid-19

The Directorate of Occupational Health and Safety Services in the State Department of Labour, Ministry of Labour and Social Protection has issued guidelines that set out additional safety and health measures that employers should implement in order to minimise the spread of Covid-19 amongst employees with disabilities and to ensure that they are not discriminated against during these challenging times. The guidelines are based on the rights stipulated under the UN Convention for the Rights of People with Disabilities and the Persons with Disabilities Act, 2003.

The recommended measures include working from home where possible and highlights the equipment, support and procedures that employers should put in place for employees with disabilities. These include: sharing information in an accessible format (such as using braille or screen readers) and allowing people with a disability at the highest risk of infection to take leave until the risk is reduced. It also recommends that persons with disabilities with underlying health issues or who are over the age of 58, socially isolate at home. The guidelines further highlight the extra effort that must be made by employers to ensure employees with disabilities have a support worker or volunteer to assist them (such as sighted guides, wheelchair aides etc.).

For a copy of the complete guidelines click here.

The Government has been and continues to issue various measures to protect the safety and health of employees and the vulnerable during this period therefore it is important as an employer to ensure compliance with the guidelines.

Should you have any questions regarding the information in this requirement or any other employment matters, please do not hesitate to contact Sonal Sejpal or Rosa Nduati-Mutero.

 

Sonal Sejpal
Partner
ALN Kenya | Anjarwalla & Khanna

ss@africalegalnetwork.com
Rosa Nduati-Mutero
Partner
ALN Kenya | Anjarwalla & Khanna

rn@africalegalnetwork.com

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