Employers may soon be required to deduct and pay to the National Housing Development Fund (the Fund) 1.5 percent of employees’ monthly basic salary with an equivalent contribution being made by the employee, subject to a maximum monthly contribution of KES 5,000. The requirement was introduced into the Employment Act, 2007 through amendments contained in the Finance Act, 2018.
Employers are required to start making contributions to the Fund once the regulations prescribing the requirements for qualification to the scheme are gazetted by the Cabinet Secretary for Housing. To give effect to the Finance Act provisions, the draft Housing Fund Regulations, 2018 have been published and recently released for comments from members of the public and stakeholders. The Regulations are still under review and it is anticipated that they will certainly be amended in the coming weeks and months following the public participation and legislative process outlined below.
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