According to the proposed law, a right to disconnect means an employee's entitlement not to be contacted by his/her employer during out-of-work hours.
The bill seeks to amend the Section 27of the Employment Act, 2007 to simply prevent employers from interfering with an employee's personal time. It seeks to allow workers to ignore work related calls, messages and emails during out-of-work hours.
"An employee shall not be reprimanded, punished or subjected to a disciplinary action of he/she disregards a work related communication send during out-of-work hours," reads the bill. In addition, the bill wants employers to come up with policies describing circumstances under which an employee can be contacted furniture off work hours.
The bill also proposes that an employee should be adequately compensated if he/she is bothered by an employer during out-of-work hours. However, the Federation of Kenya Employers has rejected the proposal arguing that it will promote indiscipline at work and it does not meet ILO threshold.
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