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Bill: Employers to be Compelled to absorb and pay interns well

A Bill by Kimilili MP Didmus Baraza which seeks to compel public and private employers to absorb interns might see comrades smiling.

The Bill seeks to make it mandatory for all public and private companies and organizations that have more than 50 employees to absorb interns. The internship opportunities will be open to those with diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications.

The Bill seeks to amend section 76 of Employment Act of 2007 and will see interns receive a minimum internship wage. It also seeks to ensure that interns takes 5% of the total employees in any public or private organization.

To ensure that employers maintain the internship program, they will also be required to file annual internship compliance returns with the Director of Employment.

In order to become a law, the Bill will required two-thirds majority of the members before receiving a presidential assent. The Bill was submitted to National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi by Hon. Baraza awaiting debate by members of the National Assembly.

Most students in Kenya fail to acquire the necessary work experience despite the fact that they poses clean certificates. The internship Bill will see comrades acquire the minimum work experience. This will see them secure job opportunities with various companies – both local and international.