October 18th 2017

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Human resource body to start crack down on unlicensed, quack managers

Only HR professionals registered with the Institute are recognised. If an organisation sacked an employee and it turned out that the HR manager who oversaw the disciplinary and employment termination process is not registered with the Institute, that decision can be contested in court.

By Free Press Correspondentnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comTuesday, 17 Jan 2017 08:54 EAT

Cabinet Secretary for Public Service Sicily Kariuki with IHRM officials at a past event.

Thousands of human resource managers in large and small organisations who have not complied with new professional regulations risk being jailed. The Institute of Human Resource Management which regulates the profession in Kenya gave a December 31, 2016 deadline for HR professionals to register with the body in accordance with the law, but thousands have so far not heeded its call. Membership comes with a basic fee of Sh7,000.

HR professionals have operated without regulation for decades, but the new Human Resource Management Professionals Act has instituted standards for the sector for which IHRM is the responsible institution. Only the services of HR professionals registered with the Institute are recognised as legally binding. For example, if an organisation sacked an employee and it turned out that the HR manager who oversaw the disciplinary and employment termination process is not registered with the Institute, that decision can be contested in court.

Mr Wycliffe Nyakina, who is the IHRM officer in charge of compliance and quality assurance, has told the Kenya Free Press that the deadline will not be extended, and the Institute was planning a crackdown on professionals practicing illegally. "The numbers of professionals registering with us is increasing every day, but we have seen that we will have to raid institutions to net people practicing the profession illegally," he said. Those netted in this manner would be required to pay a fine of Sh200,000.

Mr Nyakina could not give details on the raids, but he said that members who have registered with the body are already enjoying benefits that include professional protection and training. "The calendar for the training programme covering January - December 2017 has been shared with members," he said.

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