Kenyan Government To Address HIV/AIDS In Workplace

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HIV/AIDS In Workplace

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The Kenyan government plans to develop a policy to address HIV/AIDS in the workplace, Mark Bor, secretary of the Ministry of Labour and Human Resource Development, said on Sunday at the opening of a two-day seminar in Mombasa, Kenya, Kenya's Daily Nation reports. According to Bor, a series of workshops are scheduled to be held to develop the policy.

Borsaid the government is committed to ensuring that no employee isdiscriminated against on the basis of his or her HIV status. He addedthat there is no justification to compel job applicants or employees todisclose their HIV status and other personal information aboutco-workers. "Access to personal data relating to a worker's HIV statusshould be bound by rules of confidentiality, consistent with" the International Labour Organization "code of practice on protection of workers' personal data," Bor said.

Accordingto Bor, all employees, including those who are HIV-positive and theirdependants, are entitled to affordable health care and access tobenefits from statutory social security programs without fear ofdiscrimination. Five bills -- the Labor Institutions, Employment, LaborRelations, Work Injury Benefits, and Occupational Health and Safetymeasures -- that aim to restructure the labor sector are beforeParliament awaiting debate, Bor said, adding, "The bills have gonethrough the first and second reading, and they are awaiting the thirdreading before being finally approved" (Daily Nation, 8/6).
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