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Building resilience in a changing working environment

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Sarah Kiarie, partner at Kenyan law firm Kaplan and Stratton shared her views on the changing dynamics of the workplace environment at the recent 4th African Labour Law Society Conference, Nairobi, Kenya 2021 virtual event. Many of the trends and issues she spoke of are those that have arisen as a result of the Covid-19 […]

Court of Appeal decision expounds on implications of unlawful dismissals on salary loans

Uganda

The Industrial Court is a specialized court established to determine employment matters in Uganda. In 2014, one of the matters heard by the Court was Florence Musumba vs. Uganda Development Bank Labour Dispute Claim 138 of 2014. Some of the findings of the Court included: the distinction between dismissal and termination of employees, the obligation to […]

Retrenchment of employees on fixed-term contracts: How far can you go?

South Africa

Retrenchments are viewed in a bad light due to the very sensitive socio‑economic element of rendering employees jobless. Although regulated by statute, in particular sections 189 and 189A of the Labour Relations Act 66 of 1995, employers still find the retrenchment process a difficult one to navigate. The advent of the COVID-19 pandemic has made […]

A legal perspective of Covid-19 in Mauritius

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The Covid-19 pandemic has not only caused a serious concern to people’s health but has drastically changed our economic, social and business environments. Mauritius has imposed a total lockdown since 24 March with a view of ensuring the safety of the population and to prevent the spreading of the virus since the first three cases […]

Employment laws in Tanzania in relation to Coronavirus

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Below are the most frequently asked questions on reduced pay, termination, retrenchment and unpaid leave. Do Tanzanian labour laws expressly address employer-employee relationship during pandemics like the Coronavirus? There is no specific labour laws or provisions that addresses the pandemics like Coronavirus but there are provisions in the Employment and Labour Relations Act and the […]

COVID-19: Effects on employment contracts – Zambia

Zambia

The COVID-19 pandemic which first emerged in Wuhan, China last December has now spread to almost all countries in the world, in each of them threatening the long-term livelihoods and wellbeing of millions. The pandemic has also directly impacted on employment relationships arising from the measures individual countries are undertaking to deal with the situation. […]

Are employers obliged to pay employees salaries/wages during the national lock-down?

South Africa

There is no doubt that the national lock-down announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa on 23 March 2020 has caused serious consternation to both employers and employees and chief amongst these are the financial difficulties caused for both employees and employers in various sectors. The Covid-19 pandemic has caused many employees to question whether or not […]

Court of Appeal Rules on Legality of Grossing up in Tanzania

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On 6 March 2020, the Court of Appeal of Tanzania (the Court) pronounced its decision in Civil Appeal No. 81 of 2019 by ruling that for purposes of calculating Pay As You Earn (PAYE), grossing up confers a taxable benefit to an employee and the same is prohibited under the laws of Tanzania. This is […]

President Akufo-Addo says a new day is dawning for Ghana

The President says senior high education will be free and youth unemployment will be tackled. Ghanian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has affirmed his commitment to renovate his country’s health, social and economic systems. In a statement delivered at the annual Oguaa Fetu Afahye Festival, the President said he had would start by targeting job […]

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