Several employees of K24 TV after are set to receive their termination letters after a torturous month since a memo was released informing them of imminent firings.
Several sources at the broadcaster, however, exclusively informed this writer that the fired staff, who are expected to exit the media House on Wednesday, October 30, will not leave empty-handed.
They stated that Mediamax Network Limited executives were keen on ensuring a cordial exit of their employees, some of whom have worked at the organisation for several years.
In fact, he continued, the members of staff, who he confirmed were leaving in numbers, would pocket double salaries covering the months of October and November.
Other sources corroborated this info and also divulged that managing editors from different divisions at the company held meetings throughout Tuesday, October 29, to seemingly prepare them for the Wednesday bombshell when affected employees would receive their exit letters.
A section of the Employment Act 2012 stipulates that the employer must pay "an employee declared redundant not less than one month’s notice or one month’s wages in lieu of notice."
The law further dictates that the employer must pay an employee declared redundant severance pay at the rate of not less than fifteen days pay for each completed year of service.
It is, therefore, expected that employees who have worked at the station for several years will walk out with an additional package in adherence to the above law.
On Tuesday, October 8, Kenyans.co.ke reported that the station was set to lay off what was anticipated to be over 100 employees in what it considered a move to reposition itself in the wake of the prevailing economic downturn and loss of major revenue streams.
In a notice to the Ministry of Labour and Social Services dated September 30, acting CEO Ken Ngaruiya had indicated that layoffs were inevitable.
"In view of the above, the services of some of its employees will be rendered superfluous thereby necessitating the termination of their employment on account of redundancy.
"In accordance with the provisions of Section 40 of the Employment Act, No 11 of 2007, Mediamax Network Limited hereby gives one month notice of the intended redundancies," read part of the notice.
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