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Kenya Leave Laws & Holidays

Paid Time Off, Annual Leave, Sick Leave, Maternity Leave, Paternity Leave, Bereavement Leave, Jury Duty Leave, Military Leave, and Voting Leave

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Last updated on January 16, 2024.

Public Holidays in Kenya for 2024

Date Holiday
January 1 New Year
March 29 Good Friday
April 1 Easter Monday
April 11 Idd ul Fitr
May 1 Worker’s Day
Jun 1 Madaraka Day
Jun 17 Idd ul Azha
October 10 Moi Day
October 20&21 Mashujaa
October 31 Diwali
December 12 Jamhuri Day
December 25 Christmas
December 26 Boxing Day

Paid Time Off

  • Vacation/Annual Paid Leave

Employees who have completed twelve consecutive months of service are entitled to not less than 21 days of annual leave with full pay. 

If the employment is terminated after the completion of two or more consecutive months of service during any twelve months’ leave-earning period, employees are entitled to not less than one and three-quarter days of leave with full pay, in respect of each completed month of service in that period, to be taken consecutively.

An employer may, with the consent of the employee divide the minimum annual leave entitlement into different parts to be taken at different intervals.

  • Rollovers and payout of unused hours

  • Use-it-or-lose-it policy 

The remainder of the annual leave with pay shall be taken not later than eighteen months from the end of the leave earning period.

Maternity Leave, Child Raising Leave, Parental Leave

Maternity Leave 

Female employees are entitled to up to 3 months of paid leave. 

On expiry of a female employee’s maternity leave, the female employee shall have the right to return to the job which she held immediately prior to her maternity leave or to a reasonably suitable job on terms and conditions not less favorable than those which would have applied had she not been on maternity leave.

Female employees are entitled to proceed on sick leave or with the consent of the employer on annual leave; compassionate leave; or any other leave, immediately on expiry of maternity leave before resuming their duties.

No female employee shall forfeit her annual leave entitlement on account of having taken her maternity leave.

Medical certificate is required.

Paternity Leave

Fathers are entitled to 2 weeks of paid leave. 

Sick Leave

After two consecutive months of service with their employer, employees shall be entitled to sick leave of not less than seven days with full pay and thereafter to sick leave of seven days with half pay, in each period of twelve consecutive months of service, subject to production by the employees of a certificate of incapacity to work signed by a duly qualified medical practitioner or a person acting on the practitioner’s behalf in charge of a dispensary or medical aid center.

The longest period of entitlement is thirty days with full pay and fifteen days with half-pay.

Jury Duty Leave, and Voting Leave

Not specified.

Bereavement Leave

Employees are entitled to take compassionate leave due to a death, accidents or sickness concerning relatives and friends. The number of days the employees get are deducted from the annual leave entitlement for the year.

Military Leave

Not specified by law.

Please consult your local legal counsel to learn more about Kenya Leave Laws.

To learn more about laws in various countries, check out our Leave Laws page.

All materials have been prepared for general information purposes only to permit you to learn more about this region's leave laws. The information presented is not legal advice, is not to be acted on as such, and may not be current. Please contact your local legal counsel to learn more about the leave laws in your country.

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