You have a reason to worry if you have been employing and dismissing househelps at will. You also have more reason to worry if your househelp has been working on public holidays and weekends, not getting leave days, getting fired without a certificate of service and earning less than Sh10,000 per month.

This follows a decision by Justice Nduma Nderi of the Employment and Labour Relations Court, which declared that it is illegal to just wake up one day and dismiss your househelp without giving her a one-month notice of termination of her employment.

“It is unlawful to terminate the employment of a househelp without giving her notice. It is also illegal and unfair labour practice to send a househelp away without paying her any terminal benefits and not giving her certificate of service,” ruled Nderi.