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EMPLOYMENT RIGHTS ACT 2008
Act No. 33 of 2008 – Employment Rights Act 2008
(In operation w.e.f. 2 Feb 2009)
as amended by
Act No. 1 of 2009 – The Additional Stimulus Package (Miscellaneous
Provisions) Act 2009 (In operation w.e.f. 16 Apr 2009)
Act No. 14 of 2009 – The Finance (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2009 (In
operation w.e.f. 1 Jul 2009)
Act No. 6 of 2013 – Employment Rights (Amendment) Act 2013 (In operation
w.e.f. 11 Jun 2013)
Act No. 27 of 2013 – The Economic and Financial Measures (Miscellaneous
Provisions) Act 2013 (In operation w.e.f. 21 Dec 2013)
Act No. 10 of 2015 – Employment Rights (Amendment) Act 2015 (In operation
w.e.f. 21 May 2015)
Act No. 34 of 2016 – The Sugar Industry Efficiency (Amendment) Act 2016 (In
operation w.e.f. 1 Jan 2017)
Act No. 4 of 2017 – The Business Facilitation (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act
2017 (In operation w.e.f. 1 Jan 2018)
Act No. 10 of 2017 – The Finance (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2017 (In
operation w.e.f. 21 Aug 2017)
Act No. 11 of 2018 – The Finance (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act (In operation
w.e.f. 9 Aug 2018)
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ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS
Section
PART I – PRELIMINARY
1. Short title
2. Interpretation
3. Application of Act
PART II – AGREEMENTS
4. Discrimination in employment and occupation
5. Agreements
6. Capacity of workers
7. Liability for act or omission of another person
8. Written particulars of work agreement
9. Continuous employment
10. Consideration for full-time employment
11. Transfer to part-time work
PART III - MINIMUM AGE FOR EMPLOYMENT
12. Employment of children and young persons
13. Record of young persons
PART IV - HOURS OF WORK
14. Normal working hours
14A. Shift work
15. Notional calculation of basic hourly rate
16. Overtime
17. Public holiday
18. Meal and tea breaks
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19. Meal allowance
PART V – REMUNERATION
20. Equal remuneration for work of equal value
21. Payment of remuneration
22. Deduction
23. Payment of remuneration to a part-time worker
24. Payment of remuneration in special circumstances
25. Payment of remuneration due on termination of agreement
PART VI - OTHER CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
26 Transport of workers
27. Annual leave
28. Sick leave
29. Medical facilities
30. Maternity benefits
31. Paternity leave
31A. End of year bonus
32. Other facilities
PART VII - ENTITLEMENT OF WORKERS IN THE SUGAR INDUSTRY
33. Interpretation of Part VII
34. Continuous employment of existing workers in the Sugar Industry
35. Workers employed by job contractor
PART VIII - TERMINATION OF AGREEMENT
36. Termination of agreement
37. Notice of termination of agreement
38. Protection against termination of agreement
39. Worker under notice of termination
PART VIIIA – REDUCTION OF WORKFORCE AND
CLOSING DOWN OF ENTERPRISE
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39A. Employment Promotion and Protection Division
39B. Reduction of workforce
PART IX – WORKFARE PROGRAMME
40. Interpretation of Part IX
41. Workfare Programme
42. Eligibility to join the Workfare Programme
43. Election for Workfare Programme
44. Transition Unemployment Benefit
45. Establishment of Workfare Programme Fund
PART X – COMPENSATION
46. Payment of severance allowance
47. Payment of recycling fee
48. Deductions from severance allowance
49. Gratuity on retirement
49A. Gratuity at death
50. Death grant
51 Certificate of employment
52. Termination of appointment under the Constitution
53. Contractual worker
PART XI – VIOLENCE AT WORK
54. Violence at work
PART XII – JOB CONTRACTORS
56. Joint liability of employer and job contractor
57. Remuneration to be privileged debt
PART XIII – RECORDS AND ADMINISTRATION
58. Register of employers
59. Keeping of records
60. Labour inspection
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61. Power to make enquiries
62. Power to summon
63. Complaint procedure
PART XIV – LABOUR ADVISORY COUNCIL
64. Establishment of Council
65. Functions of Council
66. Meetings of Council
PART XV – MISCELLANEOUS
66A. Protection from liability
67. Offences
68. Regulations
69. Repeal
70. Consequential amendments
71. Transitional provisions
72. Commencement
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An Act
To revise and consolidate the law relating to employment and
contract of employment or contract of service
ENACTED by the Parliament of Mauritius, as follows –
PART I – PRELIMINARY
1. Short title
This Act may be cited as the Employment Rights Act 2008.
2. Interpretation
In this Act –
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“agreement” means a contract of employment or contract of service between
an employer and a worker, whether oral, written, implied or express;
“basic wage or salary”, in relation to a worker, means –
(a) where the terms and conditions of employment of the worker are
governed by a Remuneration Regulations, arbitral award or an
agreement, whether oral or written, express or implied, the basic wage
or salary prescribed in the Remuneration Regulations, award or
agreement, or where the employer pays a higher wage or salary, the
higher wage or salary so paid, but does not include any allowance by any
name called, and whether paid in cash or in kind;
(b) in any other case, all the emoluments received by the worker, excluding
any bonus or overtime;
“child” means a person under the age of 16;
“collective agreement” has the same meaning as in the Employment
Relations Act 2008;
“comparable full-time worker” means a full-time worker who –
(a) has the same type of employment relationship;
(b) is engaged in the same or a similar type of work or occupation; and
(c) is employed in the same establishment, enterprise or branch of activity,
as a part-time worker;
“continuous employment” means the employment of a worker under an
agreement or under more than one agreement where the interval between an
agreement and the next does not exceed 28 days;
“Council” means the Labour Advisory Council established under section 64;
“Court” means the Industrial Court established under the Industrial Court
Act;
“day” means any period of 24 consecutive hours;
“Director-General” has the same meaning as in the Mauritius Revenue
Authority Act;
(Amended by Act No.4 of 2017)
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“employer”, subject to section 33 –
(a) means a person who employs a worker and is responsible for the
payment of remuneration to the worker;
(b) includes –
(i) a job contractor;
(ii) a person, other than another shareworker, who shares the profit
or gross earnings of a shareworker;
(Amended by Act No.6 of 2013)
“enterprise” includes a trade or business;
“fortnight” means any period of 14 consecutive days;
“good and sufficient cause” includes –
(a) illness or injury certified by a medical practitioner;
(b) absence authorised by the employer;
(c) absence due to participation in a lawful strike;
(Amended by Act No.6 of 2013)
“goods vehicle” has the same meaning as in the Road Traffic Act;
“harassment” means any unwanted conduct, verbal, non-verbal, visual,
psychological or physical, based on age, disability, HIV status, domestic
circumstances, sex, sexual orientation, race, colour, language, religion,
political, trade union or other opinion or belief, national or social origin,
association with a minority, birth or other status, that a reasonable person
would have foreseen that a worker would be affected negatively in his dignity;
(Amended by Act No.6 of 2013)
“industrial undertaking” includes –
(a) mining and quarrying operations or other activities connected with
mineral prospecting;
(b) the manufacture, production, assembly, installation, repair,
maintenance, modification or destruction of materials or properties;
(c) ship building operations;
(d) the generation, transformation, and supply of electric power or other type
of energy;
(e) the construction, extension, installation, repair, maintenance, alteration
or demolition of buildings, airfields, tramway lines, harbours, dockyards,
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piers, inland water ways, roads, tunnels, bridges, drainage, water pipes,
telegraphic and telephonic installations, electric gas or water works or
other construction work including the preparation for or laying the
foundation of any such work or structure; and
(f) such other undertaking as the Minister may, by regulations, determine;
“job contractor” means a person who employs a worker to perform any work
or service that the person has contracted to do or provide for another person;
“local authority” has the same meaning as in the Local Government Act 2003;
“Minister” means the Minister to whom responsibility for the subject of labour
and employment relations has been assigned;
“National Pensions Fund” means the National Pensions Fund established
under the National Pensions Act;
“National Savings Fund” means the National Savings Fund established under
the National Savings Fund Act;
“night work” means work which is performed, whether in shifts or otherwise,
during a period of not less than 7 consecutive hours between 6 p.m and 6 a.m;
(Amended by Act No.6 of 2013)
“notional hourly rate” means the hourly rate as calculated in section 15;
“officer” means an officer designated by the Permanent Secretary;
“part-time worker” means a worker whose normal hours of work are less than
those of a comparable full-time worker;
“pay period” means the period for which remuneration is paid under section
21;
“Permanent Secretary” means the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry
responsible for the subject of labour and employment relations;
“place of work” means a place where work is performed under an agreement;
“public holiday” has the same meaning as in the Public Holidays Act;
“public officer” has the same meaning as in the Constitution;
“remuneration” –
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(a) means all emoluments, in cash or in kind, earned by a worker under an
agreement;
(b) includes –
(i) any sum paid by an employer to a worker to cover expenses
incurred in relation to the special nature of his work;
(ii) any money to be paid to a job contractor, for work, by the person
employing the job contractor; and
(iii) any money due as a share of profits;
“Remuneration Regulations” means any regulations made by the Minister
under section 93 of the Employment Relations Act and includes any
Remuneration Order, made under the repealed Industrial Relations Act, which
is still in operation;
(Amended by Act No.6 of 2013)
“retirement age” means, in respect of a worker whose month and year of birth
are mentioned in Column 1 of the First Schedule, the date on which the worker
attains the age specified in Column 2 of that Schedule;
“severance allowance” means an amount calculated in accordance with
section 46;
“shareworker” means a person who –
(a) is remunerated wholly or partly by a share in the profits of the enterprise
for which he works, or gross earnings of an enterprise obtained from the
work done by him; and
(b) is not an owner of the main equipment, premises and materials used in
the work he does;
“shift work” means work organized in 2 or more shifts in a period of 24
consecutive hours;
(Amended by Act No.6 of 2013)
“shop” means a place where any wholesale or retail trade or business is carried
on;
“stipulated hours” means the hours of work specified in section 14(1)(a) and
14(4)(a) or such lesser number of hours of work as may be specified in an
agreement;
“threatening behaviour” means any behaviour or declaration of intention to
use force on, or to intimidate, a worker;
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“trade or business” means any occupation, calling, trade, business,
profession, industry, service or other commercial activity;
“trade union” has the same meaning as in the Employment Relations Act
2008;
“Transition Unemployment Benefit” means the unemployment benefit as
specified in section 44;
“Tribunal” means the Employment Relations Tribunal established under the
Employment Relations Act 2008;
“week” means any period of 7 consecutive days;
“week day” means any day other than a public holiday;
“worker”, subject to section 33 or 40 –
(a) means a person who has entered into, or works under an agreement or
a contract of apprenticeship, other than a contract of apprenticeship
regulated under the Mauritius Institute of Training and Development
Act, whether by way of casual work, manual labour, clerical work or
otherwise and however remunerated;
(b) includes –
(i) a part-time worker;
(ii) a former worker where appropriate;
(iii) a shareworker;
(c) does not include –
(i) a job contractor;
(ii) except in relation to sections 4, 20, 30, 31 and Parts VIII, VIIIA,
IX, X and XI, a person whose basic wage or salary is at a rate in
excess of 360,000 rupees per annum;
(Amended by Act No.6 of 2013)
“Workfare Programme” means the Workfare Programme set up under section
41;
“young person” means a person, other than a child, who is under the age of
18.
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3. Application of Act
(1) Subject to subsections (2) and to any provisions to the contrary in any
other enactment, this Act shall apply to every agreement.
(2) This Act shall not apply to -
(a) a public officer or a local government officer, except for sections 4,
20(1), 54, 61(1)(a) and (d) and (4), 62, 63 and 67(1)(e)(i) in so far as
it applies to such public officer or local government officer, (2) and
(3) of this Act;
(b) a worker of a statutory body who is governed by the
recommendations made by the Pay Research Bureau, except for
Parts VIII and XI and sections 4, 20(1), 46(1), (2), (3), (4), (5), (5B),
(7), (8), (9), (10), (11) and (12), 48, 61, 62, 63, and 67(1)(e)(i) in so
far as it applies to that worker, (2) and (3) of this Act.
(Amended by Act No. 14 of 2009, Act No. 27 of 2013)
PART II – AGREEMENTS
4. Discrimination in employment and occupation
(1) (a) No worker shall be treated in a discriminatory manner by his
employer in his employment or occupation.
(b) No person shall be treated in a discriminatory manner by a
prospective employer in respect of access to employment or
occupation.
(2) Any distinction, exclusion or preference in respect of a particular
occupation based on the inherent requirements thereof shall not be
deemed to be discrimination.
(3) A person does not discriminate against another person by imposing,
proposing to impose, on that other person, a condition, requirement or
practice that has, or is likely to have, a disadvantaging effect, where the
condition, requirement or practice is reasonable in the circumstances.
(4) The matters to be taken into account in determining whether or not a
condition, requirement or practice is reasonable in the circumstances
include –
(a) the nature and extent of the disadvantage resulting or likely to
result, from the imposition or proposed imposition of the condition,
requirement or practice;
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(b) the feasibility of overcoming or mitigating the disadvantage; and
(c) whether the disadvantage is proportionate to the result sought to
be achieved by the person who imposes, or proposes to impose the
condition, requirement or practice.
(5) For the purpose of this section –
(a) “discrimination” includes affording different treatment to
different workers attributable wholly or mainly to their respective
descriptions by age, race, colour, caste, creed, sex, sexual
orientation, HIV status, religion, political opinion, place of origin,
national extraction or social origin, which has the effect of
nullifying or impairing equality of opportunity or treatment in
employment or occupation;
(b) “employment” or “occupation” includes access to vocational
training, access to employment and to particular occupations, and
terms and conditions of employment.
5. Agreements
(1) Subject to subsection (3), no person shall enter into an agreement where
remuneration is to be paid at intervals of more than one month.
(2) Any agreement which contains a provision inconsistent with subsection
(1) shall, to the extent of the inconsistency, be void.
(3) Subject to subsections (3A) and (3B), where a worker, other than a
migrant worker, has been in the continuous employment of an employer
under one or more determinate agreements for more than 24 months, in
a position which is of a permanent nature, the agreement shall, with
effect from the date of the first agreement, be deemed to be of
indeterminate duration.
(3A) An employer may enter into an agreement with a worker for a specified
period of time –
(a) in respect of a specified piece of work;
(b) in replacement of another worker who is on approved leave or
suspended from work;
(c) in respect of work and activity which are of a temporary, seasonal
or short-term nature;
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(d) for the purposes of providing training to the workforce;
(e) for a specific training contract; or
(f) in accordance with a specific scheme set up by the Government
or a statutory corporation.
(3B) An agreement under subsections (3) and (3A) shall be made in writing.
(4) Where a worker is –
(a) required to report at a place of work, or conveyed there by his
employer or his employer’s agent; and
(b) is found fit and willing to perform the work for which he was required,
or conveyed,
the worker and the employer shall be deemed to have entered into an
agreement.
(5) Where a worker is required to perform task work, his employer or his
employer’s agent shall, before the work is commenced, inform the worker
of the nature of the task he is required to perform and the rate at which
he will be remunerated for that work.
(6) (a)Subject to paragraph (b), where a homeworker is in an employment
relationship, he shall be employed on such terms and conditions as may
be prescribed.
(b) Part VIII to Part XI and Parts XIII and XV shall apply to a homeworker.
(c) In this subsection –
“employment relationship” means a contract of service where –
(a) work is performed under an employer’s control, direction or
authority;
(b) the degree of control varies and depends on the nature and
organisation of the work;
(c) a homeworker is remunerated by an employer for work performed;
(d) a homeworker does not engage another homeworker to perform
the work allocated by his employer; and
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(e) a homeworker is not engaged in a work on his own account;
“homeworker” –
(a) means a person who –
(i) is aged 18 years or more; and
(ii) carries out work –
(A) at his residential premises; or
(B) at such other place, not being business premises, as
may be agreed upon with his employer; but
(b) does not include –
(i) a person who owns or operates his own business; and
(ii) an entrepreneur or a self-employed person.
(Amended by Act No.6 of 2013, Act No.11 of 2018)
6. Capacity of workers
Notwithstanding any other enactment, a person who is of the age of 16 or more
shall be competent to enter into an agreement and shall, in relation to the
agreement and to its enforcement, be deemed to be of full age and capacity.
7. Liability for act or omission of another person
Notwithstanding any other enactment, no worker shall be bound by virtue of
an agreement to be responsible for the act or omission of any other person.
8. Written particulars of work agreement
(1) Every employer shall provide to every worker engaged for more than 30
consecutive working days a written statement of particulars of
employment in the form specified in the Second Schedule, or in such
form in French or Creole as may be prescribed, within 14 days of the
completion of 30 consecutive working days’ service.
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(2) A copy of the statement of particulars shall be submitted to the
Permanent Secretary within 30 days after the worker has completed 30
consecutive working days’ service.
(Amended by Act No.6 of 2013)
9. Continuous employment
(1) The continuous employment of a worker shall not be deemed to have
been interrupted –
(a) by the worker’s absence from work –
(i) on any leave taken in accordance with this Act or any other
enactment, agreement, collective agreement or award;
(ii) due to suspension from employment;
(iii) by reason of participation in a strike which is lawful under
the Employment Relations Act 2008; or
(iv) with the consent of his employer;
(b) on account of the limited number of days worked as specified in
the agreement of a part-time worker;
(c) where the worker has been detained pending a police enquiry and
he has been released before a period of 60 days from the last day
he worked; or
(d) where the worker ceases to be in the employment of one employer
and enters the employment of another employer under section
47(3).
(Amended by Act No.6 of 2013)
10. Consideration for full-time employment
(1) Where a vacancy occurs in the full-time workforce of an employer,
priority of consideration for the full-time employment shall be given, as
far as practicable, to a part-time worker or to a worker on determinate
contract of employment in the same category and grade.
(2) Where there are 2 or more workers eligible under subsection (1), the
employer shall make an offer to the more suitable worker, having regard
to qualifications, merit, experience, performance and seniority.
11. Transfer to part-time work
A full-time worker may enter into an agreement with an employer to perform
part-time work subject to the agreement –
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(a) being in writing;
(b) being for a specified period of time; and
(c) providing for the option to the worker to revert to full time work at the
expiry of the specified period of the part-time work.
PART III – MINIMUM AGE FOR EMPLOYMENT
12. Employment of children and young persons
(1) No person shall employ a child for employment or work in any
occupation.
(2) No person shall employ, or continue to employ, a young person –
(a) on work which by its nature, or the circumstances in which it is
carried out, is likely to jeopardise the health, safety, physical,
mental, moral or social development of the young person; or
(b) after being notified in writing by the Permanent Secretary that the
kind of work for which the young person is employed is unsuitable
for the young person, or will interfere with the young person’s
education.
13. Record of young persons
An employer shall keep a record of every young person employed by him stating

(a) the full name of the young person;
(b) the address of the young person;
(c) the date of birth of the young person; and
(d) such other details that may be prescribed.
PART IV – HOURS OF WORK
14. Normal working hours
(1) The normal day’s work of a worker, other than a part-time worker or a
watchperson –
(a) shall consist of 8 hours’ actual work; and
(b) may begin on any day of the week, whether or not on a public
holiday.
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(2) A worker, other than a part-time worker or a watchperson, and an
employer may agree that the worker works in excess of the stipulated
hours without added remuneration, if the number of hours covered in a
fortnight does not exceed 90 hours, or such lesser number of hours as
may be specified in an agreement.
(3) Where a daily paid worker, other than a part-time worker or
watchperson, has completed 90 hours’ work or such lesser number of
hours as may be specified in an agreement, in less than 12 days in a
fortnight, he shall be paid 12 normal days’ basic wages in respect of that
fortnight.
(4) A normal day’s work of a watchperson, other than a part-time
watchperson –
(a) shall consist of 12 hours’ actual work; and
(b) may begin on any day of the week, whether or not on a public
holiday.
(5) (a) A worker shall be entitled to a rest day of at least 24 consecutive
hours in every period of 7 consecutive days.
(b) Subject to paragraph (c), the rest day specified in paragraph (a)
shall be a Sunday.
(c) Where, by nature of its operational requirements, an employer
operates on a 7-day week, the rest day shall, at least twice a
month, be a Sunday unless the worker and the employer agree
otherwise.
(6) No person shall employ a young person in an industrial undertaking
between 10.00 pm and 5.00 am.
(7) Every worker shall be entitled to a rest of not less than 11 consecutive
hours in any day.
(Amended by Act No 14 of 2009, Act No.6 of 2013)
14A. Shift work
(1) An employer shall not, without a worker’s consent, require the worker on
shift work –
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(a) to work more than 8 hours in a day;
(b) to perform night work on more than 4 consecutive nights, except
in such sector or industry as may be prescribed.
(2) Shift work shall be scheduled on a monthly basis.
(3) The monthly schedule of duty worked out on a roster basis indicating
the date and time at which a worker shall attend duty shall be handed
over to the worker and posted up in a conspicuous place at the place of
work at least one week before the schedule is due to take effect.
(4) Notwithstanding subsection (1), a worker on shift work may work in
excess of the stipulated hours, without added remuneration, where –
(a) the worker and the employer agree on the number of hours of work
to be performed in the shift; and
(b) the average number of hours of shift work in a fortnight does not
exceed 90 hours or such fewer number of hours as may be
specified in an agreement.
(5) Every worker shall be paid an allowance of 10 per cent of his basic
wage in addition to his normal day’s wage for work performed during
night shift.
(6) Notwithstanding subsection (1), where a female worker who may be
required to perform night work produces a medical certificate certifying
that she is or was pregnant, her employer shall not require her to perform
night work during a period of at least 8 weeks before, and after,
confinement.
(Amended by Act No.6 of 2013)
(Note: Section 14A has not yet been proclaimed)
15. Notional calculation of basic hourly rate
For the purposes of determining the hourly basic wage due for extra work or
for any other reason, the number of hours of work shall notionally be calculated

(a) for a monthly paid worker on the basis of –
(i) 312 hours in the case of a watchperson; or
(ii) 195 hours in any other case;
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(b) for a fortnightly paid worker, on the basis of –
(i) 144 hours in the case of a watchperson; or
(ii) 90 hours in any other case;
(c) for a weekly paid worker, on the basis of –
(i) 72 hours in the case of a watchperson; or
(ii) 45 hours in any other case; or
(d) for a daily paid worker, on the basis of –
(i) 12 hours of work in the case of a watchperson; or
(ii) 8 hours of work in any other case.
16. Overtime
(1) Subject to subsection (3) –
(a) a worker and an employer may agree on the number of hours of
work to be performed in excess of the stipulated hours where the
exigencies of an enterprise so require;
(b) no employer shall require a worker to perform work in excess of
the stipulated hours unless he has given, as far as is practicable,
at least 24 hours notice in advance to the worker of the extra work
to be performed.
(2) A worker who does not wish to work in excess of the stipulated hours on
a particular day shall notify his employer, at least 24 hours in advance,
of his intention not to work on that day.
(3) Subject to subsection (5), where a –
(a) worker works on a public holiday, he shall be remunerated at twice
the notional rate per hour for every hour of work performed;
(b) worker, other than a watchperson, performs more than 90 hours’
work or such lesser number of hours as may be specified in an
agreement in a fortnight, not being the hours of work referred to
in paragraph (a), he shall be remunerated at one and a half times
the notional rate per hour for every hour of work performed; or
(c) watchperson performs more than 144 hours of work in any
fortnight, not being the hours of work referred to in paragraph (a),
he shall be remunerated at one and a half times the notional rate
per hour for every hour of work performed.
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(4) For the purpose of subsections 3(b) and (c), the day on which a worker
is on annual leave shall be reckoned in the computation of overtime.
(5) An agreement may stipulate that the remuneration provided for therein
for a pay period includes payment for work on public holidays and for
work in excess of the stipulated hours where –
(a) the maximum number of public holidays; and
(b) the maximum number of hours of overtime on a day other than a
public holiday,
covered by the remuneration are expressly stated for in the agreement.
17. Public holiday
(1) A daily paid worker who remains in continuous employment with the
same employer for a period of 12 consecutive months shall be entitled
during each subsequent period of 12 months while he remains in
continuous employment, to a normal day’s pay in respect of every public
holiday, other than a Sunday, on which he is not required to work that
occurs while he remains in the continuous employment of the employer.
(2) Where a daily paid worker, referred to in subsection (1), is required to
work on a public holiday, other than a Sunday, he shall be paid, in
addition to the normal day’s pay provided for under subsection (1), any
remuneration due under section 16.
(3) Where a worker, other than a daily paid worker, is required to work on a
public holiday, other than a Sunday, he shall be paid, in addition to his
normal wage, any remuneration due under section 16.
18. Meal and tea breaks
Every employer shall, unless the employer and worker agree otherwise, grant
to the worker on each working day –
(a) a meal break of one hour not later than 4 consecutive hours of work; and
(b) one tea break of at least 20 minutes or two tea breaks of at least 10
minutes each.
19. Meal allowance
(1) Notwithstanding any other enactment or Remuneration Regulations,
where a worker is required to perform more than 2 hours’ extra work
after having completed his normal day’s work on any day of the week,
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whether or not a public holiday, he shall, in addition to any remuneration
due for overtime work, be provided by the employer with an adequate
free meal or be paid a meal allowance as specified in paragraph (a) of the
Third Schedule.
(2) The meal allowance specified in subsection (1) shall be paid not later
than on the last working day of the pay period.
(Amended by Act No.6 of 2013, Act No. 27 of 2013)
PART V – REMUNERATION
20. Equal remuneration for work of equal value
(1) Every employer shall ensure that the remuneration of any worker shall
not be less favorable than that of another worker performing work of
equal value.
(2) Where an employer has recourse to the services of a job contractor, the
job contractor shall ensure that the remuneration of any worker shall
not be less favourable than that of another worker performing work of
equal value.
(Amended by Act No.6 of 2013)
21. Payment of remuneration
(1) Every employer shall pay remuneration to a worker at monthly intervals,
unless the parties agree to payment at shorter intervals.
(2) Every employer shall pay remuneration directly to every worker –
(a) in legal tender only, unless there is an agreement for payment by
cheque or into the worker’s bank account;
(b) during working hours at the place of work, when paid in legal
tender or by cheque; and
(c) not later than the last working day of the pay period.
(3) Every employer shall –
(a) issue to every worker, at the time of paying remuneration, with a
payslip in the form specified in the Fourth Schedule; and
(b) cause every worker, to whom remuneration is paid in legal tender
or by cheque, to sign or affix his thumbprint to a remuneration
book stating the particulars of the remuneration paid.
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(4) No employer shall, in respect of the payment of remuneration –
(a) restrict, by agreement or otherwise, the freedom of a worker to
determine where and how his remuneration is to be spent; and
(b) pay, require or permit remuneration to be paid in a shop, or cause
or allow the owner of the shop or his representative or any person
employed by him, to pay remuneration due to the worker, unless
the worker is employed therein.
22. Deduction
(1) No employer shall deduct any amount from a worker’s remuneration,
other than an amount which –
(a) is authorised by the worker in writing –
(i) and which is due to the employer in recovery of an advance
made on remuneration, provided the deduction does not
exceed one fifth of the remuneration due for a pay period;
or
(ii) where the worker wishes to pay to any body or fund;
(b) is deducted in accordance with any enactment or a court order.
(2) No employer shall deduct any amount from a worker’s remuneration,
which in the aggregate, exceeds one half of the worker’s remuneration
for any pay period.
(3) No employer shall, in respect of the payment of remuneration, deduct
any amount –
(a) by way of fine or compensation for poor or negligent work or for
damage caused to the property of the employer;
(b) as a direct or indirect payment for the purpose of obtaining or
retaining employment;
(c) by way of discount, interest or any charge on account of any
advance of remuneration made to a worker.
23. Payment of remuneration to a part-time worker
(1) Every employer shall pay to a part-time worker not less than the basic
wage or salary prescribed in any enactment or specified in a collective
agreement except where the enactment overrides the agreement, for his
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category or grade whichever is the higher, calculated proportionately on
the notional hourly rate and increased by not less than 5 per cent.
(2) Where no basic wage or salary is prescribed in an enactment or specified
in a collective agreement, every employer shall pay to a part-time worker
not less than the basic wage or salary of a comparable full-time worker
calculated proportionately on the notional hourly rate and increased by
not less than 5 per cent.
(3) Any award made by the Tribunal on the basic wage or salary of a parttime
worker shall supersede any enactment or collective agreement
providing for such basic wage.
24. Payment of remuneration in special circumstances
(1) An employer shall pay to a worker –
(a) a full day’s remuneration where –
(i) the employer is unable to provide work to the worker; or
(ii) owing to climatic conditions, power failure, or breakdown in
machinery or appliances, work has been stopped after the
worker has worked for more than 2 hours; or
(b) half a day’s remuneration where owing to climatic conditions,
power failure or breakdown in machinery or appliances –
(i) the employer is of opinion that no work can be performed;
or
(ii) work has been stopped before the worker has completed 2
hours of work.
(2) Subject to section 36(1), an employer may require a worker to work
temporarily for a time shorter than that specified in his agreement at a
reduced remuneration, subject to the approval of the Permanent
Secretary.
(3) A worker who accepts the reduction in working time and remuneration
shall be entitled to accept work for another employer during the time no
work is provided to him.
(4) Where a cyclone warning class III or IV is in force, a worker may absent
himself from work and the employer shall pay remuneration to the
worker at the normal rate in respect of the period of absence.
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(5) Subsection (4) shall apply until –
(a) the cyclone warning class III or IV has been removed; and
(b) (i) the employer provides a means of transport to the worker
to attend his place of work; or
(ii) public transport is available.
(6) Where a worker works on a day on which a cyclone warning class III or
IV is in force, the worker shall, in addition to any remuneration due to
him, be entitled to -
(a) an allowance equal to 3 times the basic rate per hour in respect of
every hour of work performed; and
(b) adequate free meals.
(7) No remuneration shall be payable to or recoverable by a worker for any
period –
(a) during which the worker was in lawful custody;
(b) spent by the worker in a reform institution; or
(c) spent by the worker in going to, attending or returning from any
court in relation to proceedings in which he has been convicted for
an offence.
25. Payment of remuneration due on termination of agreement
(1) Subject to subsection (2), every employer shall pay any remuneration
due to a worker on the termination of the worker’s agreement.
(2) Where the parties to an agreement are deemed to have entered into a
fresh agreement under section 36(2), the employer shall, not later than
2 working days after the expiry of the previous agreement, pay to the
worker the remuneration due under the previous agreement.
(3) Where notice of termination of an agreement has been given under
section 37, the employer shall, on or before the date of expiry of the
notice, pay to the worker any remuneration due.
(4) Where an agreement is terminated otherwise than by notice under
section 37, or by expiry of the period for which the agreement was agreed
to last, the employer shall pay to the worker any remuneration due on
the termination of the employment.
(5) Where an agreement is terminated by an employer otherwise than on
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grounds of misconduct, and at the time of termination the worker has
not taken any of the annual leave to which he is entitled to under section
27 or any other enactment, the employer shall in lieu of leave, pay to the
worker the remuneration to which the worker would have been entitled
if he had worked.
(Amended by Act No.6 of 2013)
PART VI – OTHER CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
26. Transport of workers
(1) An employer shall, where the distance between a worker’s residence and
his place of work exceeds 3 km, provide the worker with free transport
from the worker’s residence to his place of work and from the worker’s
place of work to his residence, or pay him the equivalent of the return
bus fare.
(2) An employer shall, irrespective of the distance between a worker’s
residence and his place of work, provide the worker with free transport
from the worker’s residence to his place of work and from the worker’s
place of work to his residence, where the worker is required by his
employer to attend or cease work at a time when no public bus service is
available.
(2A) Where an employer provides a worker with a means of transport under
subsection (1), the employer shall pay to the worker wages at the normal
rate in respect of any waiting time exceeding 45 minutes after he has
stopped work.
(3) No person shall, except with the Permanent Secretary’s written
authorisation, transport a worker or cause a worker to be transported in

(a) a goods vehicle; or
(b) any other vehicle, unless the vehicle is provided with an easy
means of entering into, and alighting therefrom, which does not
involve climbing.
(4) Any vehicle, other than a bus or a motor-car, used to transport a worker
to and from his place of work, shall be licensed for that purpose by the
National Transport Authority.
(5) The Minister may, by regulations, prescribe for the categories of workers
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to whom transport facilities shall be provided and the conditions under
which such workers shall be transported.
(Amended by Act No.6 of 2013)
27. Annual leave
(1) Subject to subsection (7), every worker, other than a part-time worker,
who remains in continuous employment with the same employer for a
period of 12 consecutive months shall be entitled, during each
subsequent period of 12 months while he remains in continuous
employment, to 20 working days’ annual leave or such similar leave
under any other name.
(2) Notwithstanding subsection (1), every worker shall be entitled to 2 days’
leave in every year, in addition to the leave specified in –
(a) subsection (1);
(b) any other enactment;
(c) any agreement;
(d) any collective agreement; or
(e) any award following arbitration.
(2A) Every worker, other than a part-time worker, who remains in continuous
employment with the same employer for a period of 6 consecutive months
and who has been present on all the working days during that period,
shall be entitled during each subsequent month up to the twelfth month,
while he remains in continuous employment with the same employer, to
one day’s annual leave up to a maximum of 6 days’ annual leave.
(3) Where a part-time worker remains in continuous employment with the
same employer for a period of 12 consecutive months, he shall be entitled
during each subsequent period of 12 months, to the number of days of
annual leave on full pay computed in accordance with the following
formula –
N/W x Y, where “N” means the number of days of work he is required to
perform in a week, “W” means the number of working days in a week of
a comparable full-time worker and “Y” means the number of days of
annual leave to which a worker is entitled under subsection (1) or under
any Remuneration Regulations, as the case may be.
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(4) Where an employer and a worker are unable to agree as to when the leave
under this section is to be taken, half of the leave period shall be fixed by
the employer and the other half by the worker.
(5) Where a worker has not taken or been granted all the leave to which he
is entitled under this section, he shall be paid a normal day’s wage in
respect of each day’s leave still due at the end of the period of 12
consecutive months.
(6) Any agreement by a worker to relinquish his annual leave entitlement
under this section shall be null and void.
(7) This section shall be subject to any collective agreement or award, or
any other enactment.
(Amended by Act No.6 of 2013)
28. Sick leave
(1) (a) Subject to subsections (3) and (4), every worker, other than a parttime
worker, who remains in continuous employment with the
same employer for a period of 12 consecutive months shall be
entitled, during each subsequent period of 12 months while he
remains in the continuous employment, to 15 working days’ sick
leave on full pay.
(b) Where, at the end of the period of 12 consecutive months, a worker
has not taken the sick leave to which he is entitled to under
paragraph (a), any outstanding sick leave shall be accumulated to
a maximum of 90 working days.
(2) (a) Where a part-time worker remains in continuous employment with
the same employer for a period of 12 consecutive months, he shall
be entitled, during each subsequent period of 12 months, to the
number of days of sick leave on full pay computed in accordance
with the following formula –
N/W x Y, where “N” means the number of days of work he is
required to perform in a week, “W” means the number of working
days in a week of a comparable full-time worker and “Y” means
the number of days of sick leave to which a worker is entitled
under subsection (1) or under any Remuneration Regulations, as
the case may be.
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(b) Where, at the end of the period of 12 consecutive months, a worker
has not taken the sick leave to which he is entitled under
paragraph (a), any outstanding sick leave shall be accumulated up
to a maximum number of days according to the following formula

N/W x 90 normal working days, where “N” means the number of
days of work he is required to perform in a week and “W” means
the number of working days in a week of a comparable full-time
worker.
(2A) Every worker, other than a part-time worker, who remains in continuous
employment with the same employer for a period of 6 consecutive months
and who has been present on all the working days during that period
shall be entitled, during each subsequent month up to the twelfth month,
while he remains in continuous employment with that employer, to one
day’s sick leave for each month of service up to a maximum of 6 days’
sick leave.
(3) Where a worker has exhausted the sick leave provided for under
subsection (1)(a) or (2)(a) and he has wholly spent time –
(a) in a hospital, public or private;
(b) for his convalescence after discharge from a public or private
hospital, certified by a medical practitioner,
any additional sick leave granted may be deducted from the accumulated
sick leave.
(4) (a) Where a worker absents himself on ground of illness, he shall,
except where the employer is aware of the nature of the illness,
notify his employer of his illness as soon as possible.
(b) Where a worker, referred to in paragraph (a), remains ill for more
than 3 consecutive working days, he shall forward to his employer
a medical certificate –
(i) on the fourth day of absence; or
(ii) where the worker is admitted to a hospital, public or private,
within 3 days following his discharge.
(5) A medical certificate referred to in subsection (4)(b) shall not be valid in
respect of any period in excess of 3 days before the day on which the
medical certificate was issued.
(6) Every employer may, at his own expense, cause a worker who is absent
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on ground of illness to be examined by a medical practitioner.
(Amended by Act No.6 of 2013)
29. Medical facilities
(1) Every person who employs 10 or more workers shall provide appropriate
arrangements for medical and health requirements of his workers at
work.
(2) Where a worker suffers injury or illness at work necessitating his removal
to his home or to a hospital or other similar institution, the employer
shall promptly and at his own expense provide an appropriate means of
conveyance for the worker.
(3) Notwithstanding subsection (1), the Minister may make regulations
prescribing measures for every employer to make arrangements for, or to
facilitate, medical examination or medical tests of his workers by any
public or private hospital or para-medical units, as the case may be.
30. Maternity benefits
(1) Notwithstanding any other enactment or Remuneration Regulations, a
female worker who remains in continuous employment with the same
employer for a period of 12 consecutive months immediately preceding
the beginning of leave under this section shall, on production of a
medical certificate, be entitled to 14 weeks’ maternity leave on full pay to
be taken either –
(a) before confinement, provided that at least 7 weeks’ maternity leave
shall be taken immediately following the confinement; or
(b) after confinement.
(1A) Notwithstanding any other enactment or Remuneration Regulations and
subject to subsection (2), where a female worker, who remains in
continuous employment with the same employer for a period of 12
consecutive months, gives birth to a child, she shall, on production of a
medical certificate, be paid within 7 days of her confinement an
allowance as specified in paragraph (b) of the Third Schedule.
(2) Where a part-time female worker remains in continuous employment
with the same employer for a period of 12 consecutive months
immediately preceding the beginning of leave, she shall, on production
of a medical certificate, be entitled to an allowance computed in
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accordance with the following formula –
N/H x amount specified in paragraph (b) of the Third Schedule, where
“N” means the number of days of work she is required to perform in a
week and “H” means the number of working days in a week of a
comparable full-time worker.
(3) A female worker who reckons less than 12 months’ continuous
employment shall not be entitled to the benefits specified in subsection
(1A) or (2), as the case may be, but shall be entitled to the maternity leave
specified in subsection (1) with pay.
(4) Where a female worker suffers a miscarriage which is duly certified by a
medical practitioner, she shall be entitled to 2 weeks' leave on full pay
immediately after the miscarriage.
(5) (a) Notwithstanding any other enactment or Remuneration
Regulations, where a female worker, who has been in continuous
employment with the same employer for a period of 12 consecutive
months immediately preceding the beginning of leave under this
section, gives birth to a still-born child, she shall, on production
of a medical certificate, be entitled to 14 weeks’ leave on full pay.
(b) A female worker who reckons less than 12 months’ continuous
employment shall be entitled to the leave specified in paragraph
(a) with pay.
(6) (a) A female worker who is nursing her unweaned child shall, for that
purpose, be entitled every day at a time convenient to her and
having regard to the needs of the child to at least –
(i) 2 breaks of half-hour; or
(ii) one break of one hour.
(b) The break specified in paragraph (a) shall –
(i) be for a period of 6 months from the date of confinement or
such longer period as may be recommended by a medical
practitioner; and
(ii) not be deducted from the number of hours of work of the
female worker.
(7) An employer shall not require a female worker to perform work in excess
of a normal day’s work, 2 months before her confinement.
(8) Subject to medical recommendation, a female worker who is pregnant
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shall not be required to perform duties –
(a) requiring continuous standing; or
(b) that may be detrimental to her health and that of her baby.
(9) An employer shall not give to a female worker, who is on maternity leave,
notice of termination of employment –
(a) during such leave; or
(b) that would expire during such leave,
for any reasons, unless the grounds relate to the economic, technological,
structural or similar nature affecting the employer’s activities.
(Amended by Act No. 14 of 2009, Act No.6 of 2013, Act No. 27 of 2013, Act No.10 of
2015, Act No.11 of 2018)
31. Paternity leave
(1) Notwithstanding any Remuneration Regulations or any other enactment,
a male worker, other than a male part-time worker, shall, subject to
subsection (1B), be entitled to 5 continuous working days’ leave, to be
known as paternity leave.
(1A) A male part-time worker shall, subject to subsection (1B), be entitled to
the number of days of paternity leave in accordance with the formula
specified as follows –
N x 5 normal working days
W
Where N = Number of days of work the worker is required to perform in
a week
W = Number of working days in a week of a comparable full-time worker
(1B) The entitlement of paternity leave under subsection (1) or (1A) shall be
subject to the production by the worker of -
(a) a medical certificate certifying that his spouse has given birth to
his child; and
(b) a written statement signed by him that he is living with his spouse
under a common roof.
(2) Subject to subsections (1) and (1A), the paternity leave shall –
(a) begin within one week from the birth of the child; and
(b) be on full pay where the worker has been in continuous
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employment with the same employer for a period of at least 12
months prior to the date of birth of the child.
(3) In this section, “spouse” means the person with whom the worker had
contracted civil or religious marriage.
(Amended by Act No. 14 of 2009, Act No.6 of 2013)
31A. End of year bonus
(1) Where a worker remains in continuous employment with the same
employer in a year, the worker shall be entitled at the end of that year to
a bonus equivalent to one-twelfth of his earnings for that year.
(2) Every worker who –
(a) takes employment during the course of a year;
(b) is still in employment as at 31 December in that year; and
(c) has performed a number of normal days’ work with that employer,
equivalent to not less than 80 per cent of the number of working
days, during his employment in that year,
shall be entitled at the end of that year to a bonus equivalent to onetwelfth
of his earnings for that year.
(3) A sum amounting to 75 per cent of the expected bonus specified in
subsections (1) and (2) shall be paid to the worker not later than 5 clear
working days before 25 December of that year, and the remaining
balance shall be paid to him not later than on the last working day of the
same year.
(4) For the purpose of subsection (2), every day on which a worker –
(a) is absent with the employer’s authorisation;
(b) reports for work but is not offered work by the employer; or
(c) is absent on grounds of –
(i) illness after notification to the employer under section
28(4)(a); or
(ii) injury arising out of and in the course of his employment,
shall count as a working day.
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(5) In this section –
“earnings” –
(a) means basic wages; and
(b) includes –
(i) wages earned for overtime under section 16;
(ii) wages paid under sections 17, 24, 27(1), (2), (2A) and (3), 28,
30(1), (4) and (5)(a) and 31; and
(iii) any sum of money, excluding commission, by whatever
name called, paid to a worker, in respect of any work
performed by him, in addition to the basic wages agreed
upon between him and the employer and which is related
to productivity.
(Amended by Act No. 6 of 2013, Act No. 27 of 2013)
32. Other facilities
(1) Where the Permanent Secretary is of the opinion that no adequate
arrangements have been made to nurse the child of a worker, he may,
after consultation with a government medical practitioner, give such
directions by written notice to the employer as he thinks fit.
(2) An employer shall comply with the directions given to him by the
Permanent Secretary or government medical practitioner under
subsection (1).
PART VII – ENTITLEMENT OF WORKERS IN THE SUGAR INDUSTRY
33. Interpretation of Part VII
In this Part –
"employer" means a person who owns either a sugar factory or land under
sugar cane cultivation of an extent exceeding 10.5522 hectares (25 arpents) in
aggregate;
“Sugar Industry Remuneration Regulations” means –
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(a) the Sugar Industry (Agricultural Workers) (Remuneration Order)
Regulations 1983; or
(b) the Sugar Industry (Non-Agricultural Workers) (Remuneration Order)
Regulations 1985,
as the case may be;
"worker" –
(a) has the same meaning as in regulation 2(1) of any of the Sugar Industry
Remuneration Regulations;
(b) includes a person specified in regulation 2(2) of the Sugar Industry (Non-
Agricultural Workers) (Remuneration Order) Regulations 1985.
(Amended by Act No.6 of 2013)
34. Continuous employment of existing workers in the Sugar Industry
Subject to –
(a) this Act;
(b) section 23 and 23A of the Sugar Industry Efficiency Act 2001; and
(c) section 24 of the Cane Planters and Millers Arbitration and Control
Board Act,
every worker in employment on 31 May 2001 shall be entitled to remain in the
employment of his employer.
35. Workers employed by job contractor
(1) Where a worker is employed by a job contractor for the purposes of –
(a) land preparation, growing, harvesting or processing of sugar cane
and the construction, repair or maintenance of roads, bridges or
water works, structures or buildings, wholly or substantially
required for the purposes of the sugar industry and any other work
incidental to the exploitation of land; or
(b) the transport of canes, sugar, materials or supplies used in
connection with any work specified in paragraph (a),
this Act and the Sugar Industry Remuneration Regulations shall apply
to the job contractor in the same manner as they apply to an employer
in those enactments.
(2) (a) Subject to paragraph (b), where an employer has recourse to one
or more job contractors, the total number of man-days performed in any
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crop year by –
(i) workers employed by the job contractor; and
(ii) seasonal workers employed by the employer,
shall be determined by the Mauritius Cane Industry Authority, in
consultation with the Ministry responsible for the subject of labour,
recognized trade unions and the employers, on or before 30 April of each
year for the following crop year.
(b) Where an employer has recourse to one or more job contractors,
or intends to employ seasonal workers, he shall, on or before 31 March
of each year inform the Mauritius Cane Industry Authority of the number
of seasonal workers he will require for the following year.
(c) The number of seasonal workers to be required under
paragraph (b) shall be determined by the Mauritius Cane Industry
Authority in consultation with the recognized trade unions and the
employers.
(2A) The amount referred to in subsection (2) shall be arrived at after taking
into consideration the award of the Arbitration Panel dated 31 July 2015.
(3) Every employer shall, on or before 31 January of every year, submit to
the Permanent Secretary, separate returns on agricultural workers and
non-agricultural workers, showing in respect of the preceding year –
(a) the number of workers employed by job contractors under
subsection 2(a)(i);
(b) the number of seasonal workers employed by him under
subsection 2(a)(ii);
(c) the number of workers employed by him under section 34; and
(d) the number of man-days performed by the workers referred to in
paragraphs (a), (b) and (c).
(4) In this section –
“Arbitration Panel” means the Panel set up to look into unresolved
issues relating to a labour dispute between the recognized Joint
Negotiating Panel representing the recognized trade unions of the sugar
industry and the then Mauritius Sugar Producers Association.
(Amended by Act No.6 of 2013, Act No.34 of 2016)
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PART VIII – TERMINATION OF AGREEMENT
36. Termination of agreement
(1) Subject to subsections (3), (4) and (5) –
(a) every determinate agreement of which the duration does not
exceed 24 months; or
(b) every agreement entered into under section 5(3A),
shall terminate on the last day of the period agreed upon by the employer
and the worker.
(3) Where a worker is ill-treated by his employer, he may claim that the
agreement has been terminated by his employer.
(4) Where an employer fails to pay the remuneration due under the
agreement to a worker, the latter may claim that the agreement has been
terminated by his employer.
(5) An agreement shall not be broken by a worker where he absents himself
from work for more than 2 consecutive working days without good and
sufficient cause for a first time unless the employer proves that the
worker has, after having been given written notice –
(a) by post with advice of delivery; or
(b) by delivery at the residence of the worker,
requiring him to resume his employment, failed to do so within a time specified
in the notice which shall not be less than 24 hours from receipt of the notice.
(Amended by Act No.6 of 2013)
37. Notice of termination of agreement
(1) Subject to section 36(1), a party to an agreement may, except where he
is prohibited by an enactment from doing so, terminate the agreement
on the expiry of a notice given by him to the other party of his intention
to terminate the agreement.
(2) The employer shall, at the time of notifying a worker of the termination
of his employment, state the reason of such termination.
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(3) Notice may be verbal or written and may, subject to subsection (4), be
given at any reasonable time.
(4) Subject to any provision of an agreement, the length of the notice to be
given under subsection (1) shall be of 30 days.
(5) Any party may, in lieu of giving notice of termination of agreement, pay
to the other party the amount of remuneration the worker would have
earned had he remained in employment during the period of notice.
(6) Subject to section 39B(2), where an employer terminates the employment
of a worker, he shall, on the date of the termination of the employment,
give written notice of that fact to the Permanent Secretary.
(Amended by Act No. 14 of 2009, Act No.6 of 2013)
38. Protection against termination of agreement
(1) An agreement shall not be terminated by an employer by reason of –
(a) a worker’s race, colour, caste, national extraction, social origin,
pregnancy, religion, political opinion, sex, sexual orientation, HIV
status, marital status or family responsibilities;
(b) a worker’s absence from work during maternity leave;
(c) a worker’s temporary absence from work because of injury or
sickness duly notified to the employer and certified by a medical
practitioner;
(d) a worker becoming or being a member of a trade union, seeking or
holding of trade union office, or participating in trade union
activities outside working hours or, with the consent of the
employer, within working hours;
(e) the worker’s filing in good faith of a complaint, or participating in
proceedings against an employer involving alleged breach of any
terms and conditions of employment;
(f) a worker’s exercise of any of the rights provided for in this Act or
other enactment, or in such agreement, or collective agreement or
award.
(2) No employer shall terminate a worker’s agreement –
(a) for reasons related to the worker’s misconduct, unless –
(i) he cannot in good faith take any other course of action;
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(ii) the worker has been afforded an opportunity to answer any
charge made against him in relation to his misconduct;
(iii) he has within, 10 days of the day on which he becomes
aware of the misconduct, notified the worker of the charge
made against the worker;
(iv) the worker has been given at least 7 days’ notice to answer
any charge made against him; and
(v) the termination is effected not later than 7 days after the
worker has answered the charge made against him, or
where the charge is subject of an oral hearing, after the
completion of such hearing;
(b) unless, where an alleged misconduct is the subject of criminal
proceedings -
(i) the employer has afforded the worker an opportunity to
answer any charge made against him in relation to his
misconduct;
(ii) he has, within 10 days of the day on which he becomes
aware of the conviction of the worker by the Court of first
instance, notified the worker of the charge made against the
worker;
(iii) the worker has been given at least 7 days’ notice to answer
the charge made against him; and
(iv) the termination is effected not later than 7 days after the
worker has answered the charge made against him, or
where the charge is subject of an oral hearing, after the
completion of such hearing;
(c) in cases not covered by paragraphs (a) and (b), unless the
termination is effected within 7 days from the day the employer
becomes aware of the misconduct.
(3) No employer shall terminate a worker’s agreement for reasons related to
the worker’s poor performance, unless –
(a) he cannot in good faith take any other course of action;
(b) the worker has been afforded an opportunity to answer any charge
made against him related to his alleged poor performance;
(c) the worker has been given at least 7days’ notice to answer any
charge made against him; and
(d) the termination is effected not later than 7 days after the worker
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has answered the charge made against him, or where the charge
is subject of an oral hearing, after the completion of such hearing.
(4) Where the opportunity afforded to a worker to answer any charge made
against him under subsection 2(a)(ii), 2(b)(i) or 3(b) is the subject of an
oral hearing, he may have the assistance of –
(a) a representative of his trade union or his legal representative, or
both; or
(b) an officer, where he is not assisted as specified in paragraph (a).
(4A) The oral hearing referred to in subsection (4) shall be presided by a
person who has not been involved in the investigation and who is able to
make an independent decision.
(4B) The worker and the employer may, during the oral hearing specified in
subsection (4), negotiate for the payment of compensation with a view to
promoting a settlement.
(4C) Where a settlement is reached under subsection (4B) —
(a) the worker shall not be entitled to join the Workfare Programme;
and
(b) the employer shall not be required to pay the recycling fee under
section 47(1).
(5) Any written statement acknowledging guilt by a worker obtained at the
instance of his employer shall not be admissible in evidence before any
authority or any court.
(6) (a) A notification of a charge, a notice to answer the charge and a
notification of a termination of agreement, under subsections (2) and (3),
to a worker shall be issued by –
(i) causing the notification or notice to be handed over to the
worker in person; or
(ii) sending the notification or notice by registered post to the
usual or last known place of residence of the worker.
(b) Where a worker –
(i) refuses to accept delivery of the notification or notice; or
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(ii) fails to take delivery of the notification or notice after being
notified that it awaits him at a specified post office,
the notification or notice shall be deemed to have been duly served on
the worker on the day he refuses to accept delivery thereof or is notified
that it awaits him at the specified post office.
(7) Where an employer suspends a worker pending the outcome of
disciplinary proceedings against the worker on account of the worker’s
misconduct or poor performance –
(a) any period of such suspension shall be on full pay;
(b) any extension to the delay provided for under subsection (2)(a)(iv),
(2)(b)(iii) or (3)(c) made by or on behalf of the worker, shall be on
full pay for a period not exceeding 10 days, where the worker is
found not guilty of the charge made against him.
(8) No employer shall suspend a worker unless he has informed the worker
of the reasons for his suspension.
(9) Any suspension without pay as disciplinary action following a hearing
shall not exceed 4 working days.
(Amended by Act No.6 of 2013)
39. Worker under notice of termination
During the period when a worker is under notice of termination of agreement
under section 37, the employer shall, on satisfactory proof of the purpose of the
request, allow the worker reasonable time-off, without loss of pay, to seek
further employment.
PART VIIIA – REDUCTION OF WORKFORCE AND CLOSING DOWN
OF ENTERPRISE
39A. Employment Promotion and Protection Division
(1) There shall be for the purposes of this Act a division of the Tribunal which
shall be known as the Employment Promotion and Protection Division.
(2) The Employment Promotion and Protection Division shall –
(a) be presided by the President or Vice-President of the Tribunal; and
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(b) consist of 2 independent members appointed under section
85(2)(c) of the Employment Relations Act with proven experience
in the field of employment relations and finance, respectively.
(3) The Employment Promotion and Protection Division shall deal with all
cases referred to the Tribunal under this Part, other than section
39B(11).
(Amended by Act No.6 of 2013)
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(1) In this section, "employer" means an employer of not less than 20
workers.
(2) An employer who intends to reduce the number of workers in his
employment either temporarily or permanently or close down his
enterprise shall give written notice of his intention to the Permanent
Secretary, together with a statement of the reasons for the reduction of
workforce or closing down, at least 30 days before the reduction or
closing down, as the case may be.
(3) Notwithstanding this section, an employer shall not reduce the number
of workers in his employment, either temporarily or permanently, or
close down his enterprise unless he has –
(a) in consultation with the trade union recognised under section 38
of the Employment Relations Act, explored the possibility of
avoiding the reduction of workforce or closing down by means of –
(i) restrictions on recruitment;
(ii) retirement of workers who are beyond the retirement age;
(iii) reduction in overtime;
(iv) shorter working hours to cover temporary fluctuations in
manpower needs; or
(v) providing training for other work within the same
enterprise;
(b) where redundancy has become inevitable –
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(i) established the list of workers who are to be made
redundant and the order of discharge on the basis of the
principle of last in first out; and
(ii) given the written notice required under subsection (2).
(4) Where an employer reduces his workforce or closes down his enterprise,
the employer and the worker may agree on the payment of
compensation by way of a settlement.
(5) (a) Where there has not been any settlement for payment of
compensation, a worker, as defined in section 40, may –
(i) join the Workfare Programme in accordance with Part IX; or
(ii) register a complaint with the Permanent Secretary.
(b) (i) A worker shall register his complaint with the Permanent
Secretary within 14 days of the termination of his employment.
(ii) The Permanent Secretary may, on reasonable cause shown,
extend the time limit specified in subparagraph (i).
(c) The Permanent Secretary shall enquire into the complaint with a
view to promoting a settlement between the parties.
(6) Where no settlement is reached under subsection (5), the Permanent
Secretary –
(a) shall, subject to subsection (7)(a), refer the matter to the Tribunal,
if he is of the opinion that the worker has a bona fide case and
thereupon the worker as defined in section 40 shall be entitled to
join the Workfare Programme;
(b) may, subject to subsection (7)(b), not refer the matter to the
Tribunal, if he is of the opinion that the worker does not have a
bona fide case and shall advise the worker as defined in section
40 that he may apply for admission to the Workfare Programme.
(7) (a) Where a worker referred to in subsection (6)(a) institutes
proceedings before the Court to claim severance allowance under
section 46(5), the Permanent Secretary shall not refer his case to
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the Tribunal but the worker shall be entitled to be admitted to the
Workfare Programme if he is a worker as defined in section 40.
(b) Where a worker referred to in subsection (6)(b) institutes
proceedings on his own before the Court and the Court gives
judgment in favour of the worker under section 46(5), that worker
shall, as from the date of judgment, be eligible to be admitted to
the Workfare Programme, if he is a worker as defined in section
40.
(8) (a) Where a matter is referred to the Tribunal by the Permanent
Secretary, the Tribunal shall proceed to hear the case and give its
award within 30 days of the date of the referral.
(b) The Tribunal may, in exceptional circumstances, extend the delay
specified in paragraph (a) for another period of 30 days.
(9) Where the Tribunal finds that the reduction of workforce is unjustified,
it may, with the consent of the worker, order that that worker –
(a) be reinstated in his former employment with payment of
remuneration from the date of the termination of his employment
to the date of his reinstatement; or
(b) be paid severance allowance in accordance with section 46(5).
(10) Where the Tribunal finds that the closing down is unjustified, it may
order the employer to pay to the worker severance allowance in
accordance with section 46(5).
(11) Where an employer reduces the number of workers in his employment
either temporarily or permanently, or closes down his enterprise, in
breach of subsections (2) and (3), he shall, unless reasonable cause is
shown, pay to the worker whose employment is terminated a sum equal
to 30 days' remuneration in lieu of notice together with severance
allowance, wherever applicable, as specified in section 46(5).
(12) (a) Where a settlement is reached under subsection (4) or (5)(c) –
(i) the worker shall not be entitled to join the Workfare
Programme under section 41; and
(ii) the employer shall not be required to pay the recycling fee
under section 47(1).
(b) Where there has been no settlement under subsections (4) and (5)
or reinstatement under subsection (9), the employer shall pay the
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recycling fee specified in section 47.
(Amended by Act No.6 of 2013)
PART IX – WORKFARE PROGRAMME
40. Interpretation of Part IX
In this Part –
“basic wage or salary”, in relation to a worker, means –
(a) where the terms and conditions of employment of the worker are
governed by a Remuneration Regulations, arbitral award or an
agreement, whether oral or written, express or implied, the basic wage
or salary prescribed in the Remuneration Regulations, award or
agreement, or where the employer pays a higher wage or salary, the
higher wage or salary so paid, but does not include any allowance by any
name called, and whether paid in cash or in kind;
(b) in any other case, all the emoluments received by the worker, excluding
any bonus or overtime; but
shall not exceed the maximum basic wage or salary as specified in the Second
Schedule to the National Savings Fund (Collection of Contributions)
Regulations 1997.
"worker” does not include –
(a) a public officer;
(b) a person employed by a statutory body or by a local authority, other than
a worker who is an insured person under section 13(1) of the National
Pensions Act;
(c) a part-time worker;
(d) a migrant worker or a non-citizen;
(e) a worker employed in the sugar industry who voluntarily retires –
(i) in the context of a Voluntary Retirement Scheme under section 23
of the Sugar Industry Efficiency Act 2001;
(ii) an Early Retirement Scheme under section 23A of the Sugar
Industry Efficiency Act 2001; or
(iii) a factory closure pursuant to section 24 of the Cane Planters and
Millers Arbitration and Control Board Act;
(f) a person reckoning less than 180 days continuous employment with an
employer as at the date of the termination of his employment.
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(Amended by Act No. 14 of 2009, Act No.6 of 2013)
41. Workfare Programme
(1) There is set up for the purposes of this Act a Workfare Programme.
(2) The Workfare Programme shall consist of –
(a) the payment of a Transition Unemployment Benefit to every
worker whose agreement has been terminated and who opts to join
the Workfare Programme;
(b) assistance by the relevant bodies referred to in section 43(2) for
any of the following activities –
(i) job placement;
(ii) training and re-skilling; or
(iii) starting up of a small business.
42. Eligibility to join the Workfare Programme
(1) Subject to section 46 and subsection (3), a worker shall be entitled to
join the Workfare Programme where –
(a) his agreement is terminated by an employer –
(i) for the reasons specified in section 36(3) and (4);
(ii) in contravention of section 38(1), (2) and (3);
(iii) for reason of –
(A) economic, technological, structural or similar nature
affecting the enterprise;
(B) misconduct; or
(C) poor performance;
(iv) without any justification;
(b) he has been in the continuous employment of an employer for a
period of not less than 180 days on a determinate agreement and
the employer terminates the agreement, or the agreement comes
to an end.
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(2) (a) A worker who elects to join the Workfare Programme shall register
himself with the Permanent Secretary within 14 days of the
termination of his employment.
(b) The Permanent Secretary may, on reasonable cause shown to his
satisfaction, extend the time limit within which registration
under paragraph (a) may be made.
(3) (a) Where the agreement of a worker or a group of workers is
terminated, the worker, the group of workers or the trade union
recognised by the employer may agree on the quantum and the
payment of a compensation with the employer.
(b) Where an agreement has been reached under paragraph (a) –
(i) the worker shall not be entitled to join the Workfare
Programme under section (41); and
(ii) the employer shall not be required to pay the recycling fee
under section 47(1).
(Amended by Act No. 14 of 2009, Act No.6 of 2013)
43. Election for Workfare Programme
(1) A worker whose employment is terminated on grounds specified in
section 42(1) and who registers himself in the Workfare Programme shall
be entitled only to benefits under the Workfare Programme.
(2) Where a worker registers himself in the Workfare Programme, he shall,
within 14 days, opt for any of the activities under section 41(2)(b) and
the Permanent Secretary shall refer the worker, as the case may be, to

(a) the Employment Service of the Ministry for job placement;
(b) such institutions as may be prescribed for –
(i) assistance in finding training or re-skilling opportunities; or
(ii) self employment activities, including starting up of a small
business.
(3) Upon election by the worker of any of the activities of the Workfare
Programme, the Permanent Secretary shall, within 14 days of the date of
the election by the worker, notify the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry
responsible for the subject of social security in the form specified in the
Fifth Schedule.
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(3A) Where a worker becomes entitled to the payment of a Transition
Unemployment Benefit under section 46(3)(a)(ii), he shall register himself
with the Permanent Secretary within 14 days of the date on which he is
informed that the Permanent Secretary has entered proceedings on his
behalf before the Court.
(3B) Within 14 days of a registration under subsection (3A), the Permanent
Secretary shall notify the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry
responsible for the subject of social security of the registration in the
form specified in the Fourteenth Schedule.
(4) Where the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry responsible for the
subject of social security is notified under subsections (3) and (3B), he
shall pay the Transition Unemployment Benefit to the worker.
(5) The Permanent Secretary may, on reasonable cause shown to his
satisfaction, extend the time limit referred to in subsections (2) and (3A).
(Amended by Act No. 14 of 2009, Act No.6 of 2013)
44. Transition Unemployment Benefit
(1) Subject to subsection (4), every worker who is registered in the Workfare
Programme shall be entitled to a Transition Unemployment Benefit for a
minimum period of one month accruing as from the beginning of the
month in which his employment is terminated and for a period not
exceeding 12 months at the rates specified in the Sixth Schedule.
(1A) Where a worker is admitted to a training or re-skilling scheme, he shall,
at the time of his admission, opt –
(a) to continue to draw his Transition Unemployment Benefit until he
becomes entitled to the minimum benefit specified in the Sixth
Schedule; or
(b) to cease to draw his Transition Unemployment Benefit and be paid
the training or re-skilling stipend by the institution referred to in
section 43(2)(b)(i).
(2) The Transition Unemployment Benefit shall be financed as specified in
the Seventh Schedule.
(3) The total contribution payable under section 17 of the National Pensions
Act shall be paid from the Workfare Programme Fund under section 45(3)
in respect of a worker for the period during which he is a beneficiary of
the Transition Unemployment Benefit or the training or re-skilling
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stipend paid under subsection (1A)(b), on the basis of the same basic
wage or salary of the worker on which the contribution was payable
before the termination of his employment.
(4) The Transition Unemployment Benefit shall cease at the end of the
month in which the worker –
(a) opts out of the Workfare Programme;
(b) becomes gainfully employed on a full-time basis for a period of at
least 30 consecutive working days;
(c) refuses an offer for job placement for a second time;
(d) where he has opted for training or re-skilling –
(i) becomes entitled to the minimum benefit specified in the
Sixth Schedule or the stipend referred to in subsection
(1A)(b);
(ii) refuses an offer for a training or re-skilling scheme for a
second time;
(iii) drops out from the training or re-skilling scheme to which
he was admitted;
(e) sets up a small business with the assistance of the institutions
referred to in section 43(2)(b)(ii); or
(f) reaches the retirement age.
(5) Subject to section 43(2)(a), where a worker becomes gainfully employed,
he shall notify the Permanent Secretary within 7 days of the day he
became gainfully employed.
(6) The Employment Service shall notify the Permanent Secretary within 7
days from the time the worker has been placed in a job or refuses an
offer for job placement for a second time.
(7) The institutions referred to in section 43(2)(b)(i) shall notify the
Permanent Secretary within 7 days from the date the worker –
(a) is admitted to a training or re-skilling scheme and whether he has
opted for the Transition Unemployment Benefit under section
44(1A)(a) or the stipend under section 44(1A)(b);
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(b) refuses an offer for a training or re-skilling scheme for a second
time; or
(c) drops out from the training or re-skilling scheme to which he was
admitted.
(8) The institutions referred to in section 43(2)(b)(ii) shall notify the
Permanent Secretary within 7 days from the date the worker has set up
a small business.
(9) Where a worker has made an option under subsection (1A) or ceases to
be entitled to the Transition Unemployment Benefit under subsection (4),
the Permanent Secretary shall, not later than the next working day
following the receipt of notification under subsection (5), (6), (7) or (8),
notify on an approved form the Permanent Secretary responsible for the
subject of social security.
(Amended by Act No. 14 of 2009, Act No. 6 of 2013, Act No. 27 of 2013)
45. Establishment of Workfare Programme Fund
(1) There is established for the purposes of this Act a Workfare Programme
Fund which shall be managed by the National Savings Fund.
(2) There shall be paid into the Workfare Programme Fund –
(a) money collected by way of levy at the rates specified in the Second
Schedule of the Human Resource Development Act 2003;
(b) all monies appropriated by the National Assembly for the purposes
of the Workfare Programme; and
(c) interests on investments.
(3) There shall be paid out of the Workfare Programme Fund –
(a) the Transition Unemployment Benefit payable at the rate specified
in the Sixth Schedule;
(aa) all expenses incurred for any training, re-skilling or multi-skilling
of laid-off workers which is organised by the Permanent Secretary;
(b) the total contributions of workers payable under the National
Pensions Act as referred to in section 44(3); and
(c) all expenses incurred in the administration of the Workfare
Programme Fund.
(Amended by Act No. 6 of 2013)
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PART X – COMPENSATION
46. Payment of severance allowance
(1) Subject to subsection (1A), an employer shall pay severance allowance to
a worker as specified in subsection (5) where the worker has been in
continuous employment with the employer –
(a) for a period of not less than 12 months on a contract of
indeterminate duration and that employer terminates his
agreement; or
(b) for a period of more than 24 months under one or more
determinate agreements in respect of a position of a permanent
nature and that employer terminates the agreement of the worker
other than a migrant worker.
(1A) Unless otherwise agreed by the parties, no severance allowance shall be
payable where –
(a) a worker and an employer enter into an agreement under section
5(3A) and the agreement comes to an end;
(b) a worker and an employer enter into one or more determinate
agreements for a total period of less than 24 continuous months
in respect of a position of a permanent nature and the agreement
comes to an end; or
(c) a worker, whose basic wage or salary is at a rate in excess of
360,000 rupees per annum, and an employer enter into a
determinate agreement and that agreement comes to an end.
(2) (a) Subject to section 42(3) or 43(1), where a worker claims severance
allowance under subsection (1), he shall register himself with the
Permanent Secretary within 14 days of the termination of his
employment or the expiry of his contract, as the case may be, and
the Permanent Secretary shall enquire into the matter with a view
to promoting a settlement.
(b) The Permanent Secretary may, on reasonable cause shown,
extend the time limit referred to in paragraph (a).
(3) Where the matter under subsection (2) does not result in being
satisfactorily settled, the Permanent Secretary –
(a) may enter proceedings before the Court if he is of the opinion that
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the worker as defined in section 40 has a bona fide case and
thereupon –
(i) if that worker is still unemployed, he shall be entitled to be
admitted to the Workfare Programme; or
(ii) if that worker becomes gainfully employed, he shall be
entitled to be paid an allowance equivalent to the Transition
Unemployment Benefit, as specified in section 44, from the
date of the termination of his employment up to the date he
has taken up employment.
(b) may not enter proceedings before Court if he is of the opinion that
the worker does not have a bona fide case and advise the worker
referred to in section 40 that he may apply for registration in the
Workfare Programme, unless the worker institutes proceedings on
his own to claim severance allowance.
(3A) Where a worker is entitled to be admitted to the Workfare Programme
under subsection (3)(a)(i) or to be paid an allowance under subsection
(3)(a)(ii), he shall register himself with the Permanent Secretary within
14 days of the date on which he is notified by the Permanent Secretary
that Court proceedings have been entered on his behalf.
(3B) Where a worker, who claims severance allowance under subsection (1),
registers himself with the Permanent Secretary after 14 days of the
termination of his employment, the Permanent Secretary may enter
proceedings before the Court if he is of the opinion that the worker has
a bona fide case, but the worker shall not be entitled to be admitted to
the Workfare Programme.
(4) Where there has been a settlement under subsection (2), other than a
settlement by reinstatement or by payment of any compensation, the
worker referred to in section 40 shall be entitled to be admitted to the
Workfare Programme.
(5) Where a worker has been in continuous employment for a period of not
less than 12 months with an employer, the Court may, where it finds
that –
(a) the termination of agreement of the worker was due to the reasons
specified under section 36(3) and (4);
(b) the termination of agreement of the worker was in contravention
of section 38(2), (3) and (4);
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(c) the reasons related to the worker’s alleged misconduct or poor
performance under section (38)(2) and (3) do not constitute valid
reasons for the termination of employment of the worker;
(d) the grounds for the termination of agreement of a worker for
economic, technological, structural or similar nature affecting the
enterprise, do not constitute valid reasons;
(e) notwithstanding paragraphs (a), (b), (c) and (d), the termination of
agreement of the worker was unjustified,
order that the worker be paid severance allowance as follows –
(i) for every period of 12 months of continuous employment, a
sum equivalent to 3 months remuneration; and
(ii) for any additional period of less than 12 months, a sum
equal to one twelfth of the sum calculated under
subparagraph (i) multiplied by the number of months
during which the worker has been in continuous
employment of the employer.
(5A) Where a matter has been referred to the Tribunal under section 39B, the
Court shall have no jurisdiction to hear the matter.
(5B) Notwithstanding subsection (5), where the Court finds that the
termination of employment of a worker, who has been in continuous
employment for a period of not less than 12 months with an employer, is
effected on grounds specified in sections 38(1)(a) and (d), the Court may,
with the consent of the worker, order that that worker –
(a) be reinstated in his former employment with payment of
remuneration from the date of the termination of his employment
to the date of his reinstatement; or
(b) be paid severance allowance in accordance with subsection (5).
(6) Where the Permanent Secretary has not entered proceedings on behalf
of a worker under subsection (3)(b) and the worker has instituted
proceedings before the Court on his own, and the Court has given
judgment in favour of the worker in terms of subsection (5), the worker
referred to in section 40 shall be eligible to be admitted to the Workfare
Programme within 14 days as from the date of judgment.
(7) –
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(8) –
(9) Where the employment of a part-time worker, a migrant worker or a noncitizen,
who has been in continuous employment with an employer for a
period of 12 months or more, has been terminated by the employer for
reasons of economic, technological, structural or similar nature affecting
the enterprise, the employer shall pay severance allowance to the parttime
or migrant worker or the non-citizen –
(a) for every period of 12 months, one quarter of a month’s
remuneration;
(b) for any additional period of less than 12 months, a sum equal to
one twelfth of the sum calculated under paragraph (a) multiplied
by the number of months during which the worker has been in the
continuous employment of the employer.
(10) –
(11) The Court may, where it thinks fit and whether or not a claim to that
effect has been made, order an employer to pay interest at a rate not
exceeding 12 per cent per annum on the amount of severance allowance
payable from the date of the termination of the agreement to the date of
payment.
(12) For the purposes of this section, a month’s remuneration shall be –
(a) the remuneration drawn by the worker for the last complete month
of his employment; or
(b) an amount computed in the manner as is best calculated to give
the rate per month at which the worker was remunerated over a
period of 12 months before the termination of his agreement
inclusive of payment for extra work, productivity bonus,
attendance bonus, commission in return for services and any
other regular payment,
whichever is the higher.
(Amended by Act No. 14 of 2009, Act No. 6 of 2013)
47. Payment of Recycling Fee
(1) (a) Subject to subsections (2) and (2A), where –
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(i) an employer terminates the agreement of a worker as
defined in section 40; or
(ii) the determinate agreement of a worker as defined in section
40 comes to an end,
the employer shall, not later than 30 days from the date of
termination of employment or expiry of the determinate
agreement, pay to the Director-General for credit to the National
Savings Fund a recycling fee according to the rates specified in the
Eighth Schedule in respect of that worker.
(b) An employer shall, at the time of payment of the recycling fee
under paragraph (a), submit a return in the form specified in the
Ninth Schedule.
(c) The recycling fee payable under paragraph (a) shall be credited
into the National Savings Fund Account of the worker under
section 5(B) of the National Savings Fund Act.
(2) No recycling fee shall be payable where –
(a) an employer dies and his worker is employed or offered
employment by the personal representative or heir of the
deceased employer forthwith after the death;
(b) a worker’s employment by a partnership ceases on the
dissolution of the partnership, and he is employed or offered
employment by a member of the dissolved partnership or a
new partnership forthwith after the dissolution;
(c) a worker’s employment by a body corporate ceases on the
dissolution of that body and he is employed or offered
employment by some other corporate body in accordance
with an enactment or a scheme of reconstruction forthwith
after the dissolution; or
(d) a worker’s employment ceases on the disposal by his
employer of the goodwill, or of the whole or a substantial
part of the business, or of that part of the business in which
he is employed and he is employed or offered employment
by the person who acquires the goodwill or business or part
of the business forthwith after the disposal,
on terms and conditions which are not less favourable than those
of the former agreement.
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(2A) No recycling fee shall be payable where the employment of a worker is
terminated in accordance with section 38(2) except where the Court finds
that the dismissal is unjustified.
(3) Where a worker to whom an offer is made in writing in any of the
circumstances specified in subsection (2) accepts the offer, he shall be
deemed to enter the employment of the person by whom the offer is made
forthwith upon the cessation of his employment with the first employer
and the employment of the worker by the first and the second employer
shall be deemed to be continuous.
(4) Where a worker is deemed to be in continuous employment in
accordance with subsection (3) and that continuous employment is
terminated in circumstances in which the recycling fee under subsection
(1) or severance allowance under section 46 is payable, the employer in
whose service the worker was employed immediately before the
termination shall be deemed to be the employer during the whole of the
period and shall be liable to pay the recycling fee or severance allowance,
as the case may be.
(5) Any recycling fee which has not been paid to the National Pensions Fund
in respect of any month shall, on the commencement of this section, be
due to the Director-General.
(Amended by Act No. 6 of 2013, Act No.4 of 2017)
47A. Recovery of recycling fee by Director-General
The Director-General shall, in relation to every employer, enforce payment of,
and recover, any unpaid recycling fee in the same manner as tax is recoverable
under Part IVC of the Mauritius Revenue Authority Act.
(Amended by Act No.4 of 2017, Act No. 11 of 2018)
48. Deductions from severance allowance
(1) An employer may deduct from the severance allowance payable –
(a) any gratuity granted by the employer;
(b) any contribution made to any fund or scheme by the employer;
and
(c) any recycling fee paid under section 47(1).
(2) In this section, "fund” or “scheme" means any pension or provident fund
or scheme set up by the employer for the benefit of a worker.
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49. Gratuity on retirement
(1) An employer shall pay a gratuity to a worker who has been in continuous
employment with him for a period of 12 months or more where –
(a) the worker, on or after attaining the age of 60, retires voluntarily;
(b) the worker who has been in continuous employment with the
same employer for not less than 10 years retires before the age of
60 on grounds of permanent incapacity to perform his work and
such incapacity is duly certified by a government medical
practitioner; or
(c) the worker, on or after attaining the retiring age, retires at the
request of the employer.
(1A) (a) Where a worker who has attained the age of 60 remains in
continuous employment with the same employer up to the
retirement age, the worker and the employer may agree on an
advance payment of the total gratuity payable at the retirement
age, amounting to the gratuity payable at the age of 60 calculated
in accordance with subsection (2).
(b) Advance payment of the gratuity, where agreed upon under
paragraph (a), shall be effected upon the worker attaining the age
of 60.
(1B) Notwithstanding any agreement or any provision to the contrary
in any other enactment, an employer shall not require a worker to
retire before the retirement age.
(2) The gratuity referred to in subsection (1) shall be paid in a lump sum
and shall be calculated –
(a) in the case of a worker, other than a part-time worker, on the basis
of –
(i) 15 days’ remuneration for every period of 12 months’
continuous employment; and
(ii) a sum equal to one twelfth of the sum referred to in
subparagraph (i) multiplied by the number of months
during which the worker has remained in the continuous
employment of the employer, for every period less than 12
months.
(b) in the case of a part time worker, on the basis of the following
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formula –
N/H x amount of gratuity payable under subsection (a), where “N”
means the number of days of work performed by the part-time
worker in a week and “H” means the number of days of work
performed by a comparable full time worker in a week.
(3) An employer may deduct from any gratuity payable under subsection (2)
and section 49A–
(a) half the amount of any gratuity due at the retirement age or the
age of 60 or at death from any fund or scheme, computed by
reference only to the employer’s share of contributions;
(b) five times the amount of any annual pension granted at the
retirement age or the age of 60 or at death from any fund or
scheme, computed by reference only to the employer’s share of
contributions;
(c) any other gratuity granted at the retirement age or the age of 60
or at death by the employer;
(d) ten times the amount of any other annual pension granted at the
retirement age or the age of 60 or at death by the employer.
(4) In this section, "fund or scheme" means any pension or provident fund
or scheme set up by the employer for the benefit of the worker.
(5) For the purposes of this section –
(a) a day’s remuneration shall be –
(i) the remuneration drawn by the worker in respect of his last
normal working day other than a public holiday; or
(ii) an amount computed in the manner as is best calculated to
give the daily rate at which the worker was remunerated
over a period of 12 months prior to the termination of his
agreement, inclusive of payment for extra work, productivity
bonus, attendance bonus, commission in return for
services and any other regular payment,
whichever is the higher; and
(b) in order to determine a day’s remuneration –
(i) a month shall be deemed to consist of 26 days;
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(ii) a fortnight shall be deemed to consist of 12 days; and
(iii) a week shall be deemed to consist of 6 days.
(5A) In subsection (5)(a)(ii) –
“commission” means commission of an amount not exceeding 1,200,000
rupees per annum.
(6) Where a claim for gratuity on retirement has been made, the Court may,
where it thinks fit and whether or not a claim to that effect has been
made, order an employer to pay interest at a rate not exceeding 12 per
cent per annum on the amount of gratuity payable from the date of
retirement to the date of payment.
(Amended by Act No. 6 of 2013, Act No.10 of 2017)
49A. Gratuity at death
(1) Where a worker who has been in continuous employment with the same
employer for a period of not less than 12 months dies, that employer
shall pay a gratuity –
(a) to the spouse of the deceased worker; or
(b) where there is no surviving spouse, to the dependants of the
deceased worker in equal proportion,
irrespective of any benefits the spouse or dependants may be entitled to
under the National Pension Act or any other enactment.
(2) Subject to section 49(3), (4) and (5), the gratuity referred in subsection
(1) shall be calculated in accordance with section 49(2).
(3) In this section –
“dependant”, in relation to a deceased worker, means any person who
was living in the worker’s household and was wholly or partly dependent
on the earnings of the worker at the time of that worker’s death;
“spouse”, in relation to a worker, means the person with whom the
worker has contracted a civil or religious marriage and with whom the
worker was living under a common roof at the time of that worker’s
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death.
(Amended by Act No. 6 of 2013)
50. Death grant
(1) Where a worker who has been in continuous employment with the same
employer for not less than 12 consecutive months dies, the employer shall pay
a death grant as specified in paragraph (c) of the Third Schedule –
(a) to his spouse on production of a written statement by him that he was
living with the deceased under a common roof at the time of death; or
(b) if he leaves no spouse, the person who satisfies the employer that he has
borne the funeral expenses.
(2) For the purpose of subsection (1), “spouse” means the person with whom the
deceased worker had contracted civil or religious marriage.
51. Certificate of employment
(1) Every employer shall provide a worker, whose employment has been terminated
or who has resigned from his employment, with a certificate of employment in
the form prescribed in the Tenth Schedule within 7 days of the termination of
his employment.
(2) No employer shall insert in the certificate issued under subsection (1) any
particulars other than those specified in the Tenth Schedule.
(Amended by Act No. 6 of 2013)
52. Termination of appointment under the Constitution
(1) Subject to subsections (2) and (3), where an appointment is terminated under
section 92 or 113 of the Constitution, the holder of the office whose
appointment is terminated shall –
(a) where he has served for a period of 3 years or more, be eligible to
compensation representing 3 months’ salary;
(b) where he has served for a period of less than 3 years be eligible to
compensation representing one month’s salary.
(2) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in any agreement, no gratuity or
severance allowance shall be payable to the holder of any office the appointment
to which is terminated under section 92 or 113 of the Constitution.
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(3) Where the holder of an office to which subsection (1) applies was, immediately
before his appointment to that office, the holder of a public office or in
employment with a local authority or statutory body –
(a) he shall be entitled to resume his former office; or
(b) where the former office is no longer vacant, he shall be deemed for the
purposes of any other enactment to have retired from the office vacated
on the ground of abolition of that office.
53. Contractual worker
(1) Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary in any agreement or any
enactment, every worker, who is employed on a contract of determinate
duration which ends before the 31 December of any year and who has
performed a number of normal days’ work equivalent to not less than 80 per
cent of the number of working days during his employment in that year, shall
be entitled to a gratuity equivalent to one twelfth of his earnings for that year.
(2) The gratuity under subsection (1) shall not be payable where a worker qualifies
for a gratuity under the End of the Year Gratuity Act.
(Amended by Act No. 6 of 2013)
PART XI – VIOLENCE AT WORK
54. Violence at work
(1) No person shall –
(a) harass, sexually or otherwise;
(b) assault;
(c) verbally abuse, swear at or insult;
(d) express the intention to cause harm to;
(e) bully or use threatening behaviour towards;
(f) use aggressive gesture indicating intimidation, contempt or
disdain towards;
(g) by words or act, hinder,
a worker, in the course of or as a result of his work.
(2) Any person who contravenes subsection (1) shall commit an offence and
shall, on conviction, be liable to a fine not exceeding 75,000 rupees and
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to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 2 years.
(3) For the purpose of subsection (1), a person sexually harasses another
person where, in circumstances in which a reasonable person would
have foreseen that other person would be humiliated, offended or
intimidated, he –
(a) makes an unwelcome sexual advance, or an unwelcome request
for a sexual favour to that other person; or
(b) engages in any other unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature
towards that other person.
(Amended by Act No. 6 of 2013)
PART XII – JOB CONTRACTORS
55. Repealed
(Amended by Act No. 6 of 2013)
56. Joint liability of employer and job contractor
(1) Subject to subsection (2), a job contractor and the principal, for whom the job
contractor has recruited or employed a worker, shall be jointly and severally
liable for the payment of the remuneration of any worker.
(2) The liability of the principal of a job contractor under subsection (1) shall be
limited to the sum payable by him to the job contractor under the
arrangement between them.
(3) No person who is jointly liable with a job contractor under subsection (1) may
set up as a defence to a claim from a worker seeking to recover remuneration
the fact that he has already paid to the job contractor any sum due under the
arrangement with the job contractor.
57. Remuneration to be privileged debt
(1) Subject to subsection (2), every worker employed by a job contractor shall, for
securing payment of his remuneration, have the same privileges, in respect of
the property of the principal, as he would have had if he had been directly
employed by the principal without the intervention of the job contractor.
(2) Any amount recoverable under subsection (1) shall not exceed the amount
payable by the principal to the job contractor under section 56(2).
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PART XIII – RECORDS AND ADMINISTRATION
58. Register of employers
(1) Every employer who has 10 or more workers shall apply to the Permanent
Secretary for registration under this Act.
(2) Every application made under subsection (1) shall be made in the prescribed
form.
(3) The Permanent Secretary shall maintain a register of employers.
59. Keeping of records
(1) Every employer referred to in section 58 shall keep a register of workers, a
record of remuneration paid, an inspection report book, and such other
records as may be prescribed, and shall retain these records for a period of 3
years.
(2) There shall be sufficient compliance if an employer keeps the information
specified in subsection (1) in an electronic form.
(3) Every employer shall –
(a) enter, in the register of workers, the name, the date of birth and the
date of employment of every worker and the nature and conditions of
the work he performs;
(b) enter, in the record of remuneration paid, the days or periods during
which a worker has worked and the remuneration and other benefits
paid to the worker.
(4) Every employer shall, on request –
(a) produce to an officer any records kept under subsections (1) and (3);
(b) sign any entry made in the inspection report book by an officer;
(c) submit to the Permanent Secretary such particulars as may be
required.
60. Labour inspection
The Ministry shall be responsible for maintaining a labour inspection service which
shall –
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(a) administer and ensure the enforcement of this Act and any other enactment
relating to labour or employment;
(b) bring to the notice of the Minister defects or abuses not specifically covered by
this Act or any other enactment relating to labour or employment.
61. Power to make enquiries
(1) The Permanent Secretary may –
(a) enter without previous notice, at any hour of the day or night, any
place of work, other than premises used solely for residential purposes
except with the permission of the occupier thereof;
(b) enter by day and without previous notice any premises which he has
reasonable cause to believe to be a place of work other than premises
used solely for residential purposes except with the permission of the
occupier thereof;
(c) carry out any examination or enquiry which he may consider necessary
in order to satisfy himself that this Act or any other enactment relating
to labour or employment is being strictly observed;
(d) interview alone or in the presence of any other person, as he thinks fit,
and at such place he deems appropriate, the employer or his
representative and any person employed in the enterprise, regarding
the application of this Act or any other enactment relating to labour or
employment, and any such person shall answer such questions truly to
the best of his ability provided that no such person shall be required to
give any information tending to incriminate himself;
(e) require the production of any books, records or other documents,
whether prescribed by law or kept by the employer, relating to terms
and conditions of employment, in order to ascertain whether this Act or
any other enactment relating to labour or employment are being
complied with, and copy such documents or make extracts therefrom;
(f) enforce the posting of such notices as may be required by this Act or
any other enactment relating to labour or employment;
(g) require an employer to submit in writing any information relating to
remuneration, and terms and conditions of employment, of a worker, as
well as the worker’s name, address, date of birth, date of commencing
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employment and category;
(h) require an employer or his representative to furnish the facilities and
assistance required for entry, inspection, examination or enquiry in the
exercise of any of the powers conferred under this Act or any other
enactment relating to labour or employment.
(2) The Permanent Secretary shall, on the occasion of an inspection visit, notify
the employer or the employer’s representative of his presence, unless neither
of them is present or easily accessible at that time, or he considers that such
notification may be prejudicial to the performance of his duties.
(3) The Permanent Secretary may request the assistance of a police officer if he
has reasonable cause to apprehend any serious obstruction in the execution of his
duties. (4) No person shall –
(a) willfully impede or delay the Permanent Secretary in the exercise of any
power under this Act or any other enactment relating to labour or
employment;
(b) fail to comply with a requirement or request or to answer a question of
the Permanent Secretary under subsection (1);
(c) conceal or prevent any person from appearing before or being examined
by the Permanent Secretary or any officer delegated by him, or attempt
to do so.
62. Power to summon
(1) Where the Permanent Secretary –
(a) has reason to believe that an offence relating to the observance of this
Act or any other enactment relating to labour or employment has been
committed by an employer; or
(b) wishes to enquire into a matter concerning a dispute between an
employer and his workers or their representatives –
he may, by written notice, summon any person whom he believes can provide
information relating to the offence or the enquiry, to attend and produce any
document which he may require.
(2) Any person summoned under subsection (1) who –
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(a) having been served with the written notice, fails to comply with its
requirements;
(b) refuses to answer faithfully any question put to him by the Permanent
Secretary;
(c) gives any false or misleading information;
(d) refuses to produce a document required by the Permanent Secretary,
shall commit an offence.
(3) (a) The written notice specified in subsection (1) shall be issued to the
person concerned by causing it to be –
(i) handed over to him in person; or
(ii) left at, or sent by registered post to his registered office or, his
usual or last known place of business or residence.
(b) Any person to whom a written notice is issued in accordance with
paragraph (a) who –
(i) refuses to accept delivery of the written notice; or
(ii) fails to take delivery of the written notice after being informed
that it awaits him at a post office,
shall be deemed to have been duly served with the written notice on the
day on which he refuses to accept delivery thereof or he is informed that
it awaits him at a post office.
(Amended by Act No. 6 of 2013)
63. Complaint procedure
(1) Any worker may make a complaint to the Permanent Secretary against his
employer or any agent of the employer, in respect of any matter arising out of
his employment.
(2) No employer or any agent of an employer shall prevent a worker from making
a complaint to the Permanent Secretary under subsection (1).
(3) Where a complaint has been received by the Permanent Secretary and he is
satisfied that any provision of this Act or any other enactment relating to the
employment of the complainant has not been complied with, he may issue a
notice enforcing compliance.
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(4) Any employer issued with a notice under subsection (3) may, within 7 days of
the receipt of the notice, challenge such notice before the court, which may
after hearing the parties, revoke or affirm the notice.
(5) Where an employer does not challenge a notice, or where he challenges the
notice and the court affirms the notice, the employer shall comply with the
requirements thereof within 14 days of the date of receipt of the notice or the
date of the decision of the court, as the case may be.
PART XIV – LABOUR ADVISORY COUNCIL
64. Establishment of Council
(1) There is established, for the purposes of this Act, a Labour Advisory Council.
(2) The Council shall consist of an equal number of public officers,
representatives of employers and representatives of workers.
(3) The members of the Council shall be appointed by the Minister for such
period and on such terms and conditions as he may determine.
(4) The Chairperson of the Council shall be appointed by the Minister from
among the public officers.
(5) The Council may co-opt non-voting members as and when required.
(6) The appointment of every member of the Council shall be published in the
Gazette.
(7) The Council shall regulate its proceedings in such manner as it thinks fit.
65. Functions of Council
(1) The Council shall, on the request of the Minister or upon its own initiative,
advise the Minister on, any matter relating to labour and employment,
including –
(a) the review of the operation and enforcement of this Act and any other
enactment relating to employment rights;
(b) Government replies to questionnaires concerning items on the agenda
of the International Labour Conference and Government comments on
proposed texts to be discussed by the Conference;
(c) proposals to be made in connection with the submission of
International Labour Organisation Conventions and Recommendations
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to the National Assembly;
(d) the re-examination of unratified International Labour Organisation
Conventions and of Recommendations to which effect has not yet been
given, and consideration of measures to be taken to promote their
implementation or ratification;
(e) questions arising out of reports to be made to the International Labour
Organisation on ratified Conventions;
(f) proposals for the denunciation of ratified International Labour
Organisation Conventions.
(2) The Council shall exercise such other duties and powers in such manner and
subject to such conditions as the Minister may, by regulations, direct.
66. Meetings of Council
The Council shall meet at the request of the Chairperson at such time and place as
he may determine.
PART XV – MISCELLANEOUS
66A. Protection from liability
No liability, civil or criminal, shall lie against an officer in respect of any act done or
omitted to be done in good faith in the execution of his functions under this Act.
(Amended by Act No. 6 of 2013)
67. Offences
(1) Any person who –
(a) fails to credit a worker with the full amount of remuneration for work
done;
(b) makes, or knowingly allows to be made, any entry in a record required
to be kept by an employer which he knows to be false or misleading in a
material particular;
(c) for the purposes of this Act, produces, furnishes or knowingly allows to
be produced or furnished any register, report, book, remuneration sheet,
record, list, documents or information which he knows to be false or
misleading in a material particular;
(d) prevents a worker from appearing before the Permanent Secretary or the
Labour Advisory Council;
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(e) contravenes –
(i) a condition of any authority issued, or approval given, under this
Act;
(ii) any order or direction given under this Act;
(iii) any provision of this Act or any regulations made under this Act; or
(iv) any order made by the Court,
shall commit an offence.
(2) Any person who commits an offence shall, on conviction, be liable to a fine not
exceeding 25,000 rupees and to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 2 years.
(3) The Court may, on the conviction of any person under this Act, where it
thinks appropriate, make an order directing that person to comply with this
Act or any order made by that Court within such time as may be fixed in the
order.
(4) A person who fails to comply with an order made under subsection (3) shall
commit an offence and shall, on conviction, be liable to a fine not exceeding
10,000 rupees.
(Amended by Act No. 6 of 2013, Act No. 27 of 2013)
68. Regulations
(1) The Minister may make such regulations as he thinks fit for the purposes of
this Act.
(2) Any regulations made under subsection (1) may provide for –
(a) the levying of fees and charges; and
(b) the amendment of the Schedule.
(Amended by Act No. 1 of 2009)
69. Repeal
(1) The Labour Act is repealed.
(2) Section 20 of the Industrial Expansion Act is repealed.
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70. Consequential amendments
(1) The Factory Employees (Remuneration Order) Regulations 2001 is amended
in regulation 2, in the definition of “factory”, by deleting the words “Labour
Act” in paragraph (a) and replacing them by the words “Occupational Safety
and Health Act 2005”.
(2) The Human Resource Development Act 2003 is amended in section 18 –
(a) in subsection (2), by deleting the word “Schedule” and replacing it by
the words “First Schedule”;
(b) in subsection (3), by deleting paragraph (e) and replacing it by the
following paragraphs –
(e) with respect to the rate specified for the National Training
Fund in the Second Schedule, be remitted by the Ministry
to the Council at such intervals and subject to such terms
and conditions as may be agreed between the Ministry and
the Council;
(f) with respect to the rate specified for the Workfare
Programme Fund in the Second Schedule, be credited by the
Ministry to the Workfare Programme Fund set up under
section 45 of the Employment Rights Act 2008.
(c) in section 18A, subsection (2), in the definition of employer, by deleting
the words “section 26 of the Labour Act” and replacing them by the words
“section 33 of the Employment Rights Act 2008”;
(d) by deleting the Schedule and replacing it by the following Schedules –
FIRST SCHEDULE
(section 18(2))
Rate of levy
one and a half per cent
___________
SECOND SCHEDULE
(section 18(3))
Rate of levy
National Training Fund Half per cent
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Workfare Programme Fund One per cent
(3) The National Pensions Act is amended –
(a) in section 17A, subsection (2), in the definition of employer, by deleting
the words “section 26 of the Labour Act” and replacing them by the words
“section 33 of the Employment Rights Act 2008”;
(b) by inserting after section 17A, the following new section –
17B. Contribution in respect of persons in receipt of
Transition Unemployment Benefit.
(1) Where a person is in receipt of a Transition Unemployment Benefit
under section 5C of the National Savings Fund Act, contributions
at the rate of 9 per cent of the basic wage or salary shall be paid
in respect of that person to the Fund.
(2) The contributions under subsection (1) shall be paid out of the
Workfare Programme Fund set under section 45 of the
Employment Rights Act 2008.
(4) The National Savings Fund Act is amended –
(a) in section 2 –
(i) by inserting in the appropriate alphabetical order the following
new definitions –
“lump sum” means –
(a) where entitlement arises on ground of death of the employee
or retirement as defined at paragraph (a), (b)(i) or (b)(iii) of
the definition of “retirement”, a lump sum made up of any
balance, including any balance of the Recycling Fee in the
National Savings Fund Account of the employee; or
(b) where entitlement arises on ground of retirement as defined
at paragraph (b)(ii), (iv), (v) or (vi), a lump sum made up of
the 2.5 per cent contributions paid by the employer and
interest accrued thereon;
“retirement” –
(a) means the attainment of retirement age; and
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(b) includes –
(i) retirement from employment on ground of age as
provided for under the
Employment Rights Act 2008, any pension law or any
Remuneration
Regulations;
(ii) retirement on medical ground, duly certified by a
Government Medical
Officer or a medical practitioner in the service of the
employer;
(iii) in respect of a member of the Police Force, retirement
after the completion of 25 years of pensionable
service;
(iv) the loss of employment on or after attaining the age
of 45 as a result of the cessation of business,
reduction of workforce or redundancy;
(v) voluntary retirement in the context of a Voluntary
Retirement Scheme under section 23 of the Sugar
Industry Efficiency Act 2001, an Early Retirement
Scheme under section 23A of the Sugar Industry
Efficiency Act
2001 or a factory closure pursuant to section 24 of
the Cane Planters and
Millers Arbitration and Control Board Act;
(vi) the loss of employment as a result of the cessation of
business, reduction of workforce or redundancy and
where the employee has opted to set up a business
with the assistance of the Small Enterprises and
Handicraft Development Authority under section
43(2)(c) of the Employment Rights Act 2008;
(ii) by repealing the definition of “basic wage or salary” and replacing
it by the following definition –
“basic wage or salary”, in relation to a worker –
(a) means, where the terms and conditions of employment of
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the worker are governed by a Remuneration Regulations,
arbitral award or an agreement, whether oral or written,
express or implied, the basic wage or salary prescribed in
the Remuneration Regulations, award or agreement, or
where the employer pays a higher wage or salary, the higher
wage or salary so paid, but does not include any allowance
by any name called, and whether
paid in cash or in kind;
(b) means, in any other case, all the emoluments received by
the worker, excluding any bonus or overtime,
but shall not exceed the maximum basic wage or salary as
specified in the Second Schedule to the National Savings Fund
(Collection of Contributions)
Regulations 1997;
(b) in section 4(a), by deleting the words “on his reaching retirement age or
earlier, or on his death” and replacing them by the words “on his
retirement or in respect of every employee, at the time of his death”;
(c) by repealing section 5 and replacing it by the following section –
5. Contributions to the Fund
(1) Subject to section 5A, every employer shall, in respect of every
month and in respect of every employee who works during that
month, pay the amount of contribution as specified in the First
Schedule into the National Pensions Fund for credit to the Fund.
(2) The employer of any employee referred to in item 2 of the First
Schedule shall, at the time of paying to the employee his basic
wage or salary for any period, deduct therefrom one per cent of the
basic wage or salary and pay over that sum to the National
Pensions Fund for credit to the Fund.
(d) in section 5A, subsection (2), in the definition of employer, by deleting
the words “section 26 of the Labour Act” and replacing them by the words
“section 33 of the Employment Rights Act 2008”;
(e) by inserting after section 5A, the following new sections –
5B. National Savings Fund Account
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(1) The Fund shall, in respect of every employee, hold a National
Savings Fund Account into which shall be credited –
(a) the 2.5 per cent contributions payable by the employer
under section 5;
(b) the one per cent contributions payable by the employee
under section 5;
(c) the Recycling Fee payable under section 47 of the
Employment Rights Act 2008; and
(d) any interests earned on the contributions and the Recycling
Fee as determined by such actuary designated by the
Minister.
(2) There shall be paid out of the National Savings Fund Account of
an employee –
(a) any lump sum;
(b) the Transition Unemployment Benefit payable at the rate
specified in paragraph 1(a) of the Third Schedule; and
(c) any other benefit that may be prescribed.
5C. Transition Unemployment Benefit
(1) Every employee who is registered in the Workfare Programme set
up under section 41 of the Employment Rights Act 2008, shall be
entitled to a
Transition Unemployment Benefit.
(2) Where an employee is registered under subsection (1), the
Permanent Secretary responsible for the subject of labour and
employment relations shall notify, under section 43(3) of the
Employment Rights Act 2008, the Permanent Secretary as to the
entitlement of the employee to the Transition
Unemployment Benefit.
(3) The Transition Unemployment Benefit shall be paid –
(a) at the rate specified in the Fourth Schedule;
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(b) for a period of not less than one month and not more than
12 consecutive months, as specified in section 44(1) of the
Employment Rights Act 2008.
(4) Upon notification from the Permanent Secretary responsible for
the subject of labour and employment relations under section
44(9) of the Employment Rights Act 2008, the Transition
Unemployment Benefit shall cease to be payable.
5D. Workfare Programme Fund
(1) The Workfare Programme Fund set up under section 45 of the
Employment Rights Act 2008 shall hold an account to be known
as the Workfare Programme Account.
(2) The account shall be credited with –
(a) the levy payable at the appropriate rate specified in the
Second Schedule of the Human Resource Development Act
2003;
(b) all monies appropriated by the National Assembly for the
purposes of the Workfare Programme; and
(c) any interests on investments.
(3) There shall be paid out of the Workfare Programme Account –
(a) the Transition Unemployment Benefit payable at the rates
specified in the Third Schedule;
(b) the National Pensions Fund contribution payable under
section 44(3) of the Employment Rights Act 2008;
(c) all expenses incurred in the administration of the Workfare
Programme Fund.
5E. Recovery of overpayment
(1) Where a lump sum, a Transition Unemployment Benefit or
any other benefit has been paid into a bank account of an
employee and it is subsequently found by the Permanent
Secretary that the lump sum or benefit should not have
been so paid, the bank shall, on written request to that
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effect by the Permanent Secretary, refund the amount so
paid to the Fund and may debit the bank account
accordingly.
(2) (a) Where the bank account is closed, the bank shall not
be required to refund to the Fund the amount paid
under subsection (1).
(b) When the amount standing in the bank account is
less than the amount paid under subsection (1), the
bank shall refund only the amount standing in the
bank account.
(3) Notwithstanding any other enactment, where a refund is
made under this section, no action shall lie against the bank
in respect of the amount so refunded.
(4) Where an employee has received a Transition
Unemployment Benefit to which he was not entitled, any
amount overpaid may be recovered from any balance in his
National Savings Fund Account.
(f) in section 15, subsection (1), by repealing paragraph (c) and replacing it
by the following paragraph –
(c) fails to comply with any other provisions of this Act or any
regulations made under this Act.
(g) in section 16, subsection (1), by deleting the word “Schedule” and
replacing it by the words “First Schedule”;
(h) by deleting the First Schedule to the Act and replacing it by the First
Schedule specified in the Eleventh Schedule to this Act;
(i) by adding after the Second Schedule, the Third and Fourth Schedules
specified in the Twelfth and Thirteenth Schedules, respectively, to this
Act.
(5) The National Savings Fund (Claims and Payment) Regulations 1997 are
amended in regulation 2, by deleting the definitions of “lump sum” and
“retirement”.
(6) The Public Procurement Act 2006 is amended in section 46, by adding after
subsection (4), the following new subsections –
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(5) There shall be included in every procurement contract a clause ensuring

(a) rates of remuneration and other conditions of work of the workers
engaged in the execution of the contract that are not less
favourable that those established for work of the same character
in the trade concerned –
(i) by collective agreement applying to a substantial proportion
of the workers and employers in the trade concerned;
(ii) by arbitration awards; or
(iii) by Remuneration Regulations made under the Employment
Relations Act 2008;
(b) where remuneration and conditions of work are not regulated in a
manner referred to in (a), rates of remuneration and other
conditions of work which are not less favourable than the general
level observed in the trade in which the contractor is engaged by
employers whose general circumstances are similar.
(6) No contractor shall be entitled to any payment in respect of work
performed in the execution of the procurement contract unless he has,
together with his claim for payment, filed a certificate –
(a) stating the rates of remuneration and hours of work of the various
categories of workers employed in the execution of the contracts;
(b) stating whether any remuneration payable in respect of work done
is due;
(c) containing such other information as the public body
administering the procurement contract may require to satisfy
himself that the provisions of this Act have been complied with.
(7) Where the public body administering the procurement contract is satisfied that
remuneration is still due to a worker employed on a public contract at the time
the claim for payment is filed under subsection (2), he may, unless the
remuneration is sooner paid by the contractor, arrange for the payment of the
remuneration out of the money payable under the procurement contract.
(8) Except with the written consent of the public body administering the contract,
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no contractor shall transfer or assign a procurement contract.
(9) Every contractor shall display a copy of subsections (5), (6), (7) and (8) at the
place at which the work required by the contract is performed.
(10) In this section, “worker” has the same meaning assigned to it under section 2
of the Employment Rights Act 2008.
Consequential amendments in Amendment Act
(1) A reference in any enactment to the repealed Labour Act or a section thereof
shall be construed as a reference to the Employment Rights Act or the
corresponding section thereof.
(2) The Industrial Court Act is amended, in the First Schedule, by inserting, after
the words “Workmen’s Compensation Act”, the words “Employment Rights Act”.
(3) The National Savings Fund Act is amended –
(a) in section 5C, in subsection (2), by deleting the words “section 43(3)” and
replacing them by the words “section 43(3) and (3B)”;
(b) in section 8 –
(i) in paragraph (a), by deleting the word “and”;
(ii) by inserting, after paragraph (a), the following new paragraph –
(aa) the Minister in the administration of the Workfare Programme
Fund; and
(c) by repealing section 17 and replacing it by the following section –
17. Recovery of contribution or surcharge or recycling fee
The Permanent Secretary may, without prejudice to any other remedy which
the Minister may have, recover any unpaid contributions or surcharge or
recycling fee in the same manner as income tax is recoverable under Part XI
of the Income Tax Act.
(Amended by Act No. 6 of 2013)
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71. Transitional provisions
(1) The terms and conditions on which a person was employed immediately before
the commencement of this Act shall continue, unless the worker and the
employer agree otherwise.
(2) (a) The Board established under section 38 of the repealed Act shall
continue in existence for such time as may be necessary to determine all
matters referred to it by the Minister under section 39(3) of the repealed
Act, but not exceeding a period of 6 months from the date of the
commencement of this Act.
(b) Sections 38 and 39 of the repealed Act shall apply to the matters referred
to in paragraph (a).
(3) Where this Act does not make provisions for the necessary transition from the
repealed Act to this Act, the Minister may make regulations for such transition.
Savings and transitional provisions in Amendment Act
(1) Where, before the commencement of this Act, a worker and an employer have
entered into one or more determinate agreements for a total period of more than
24 months as specified in section 5(3) of the principal Act, the agreement shall,
at the commencement of this Act, be deemed to be an indeterminate agreement
with effect from the date the first agreement was entered into.
(2) Where this Act does not make provision for any saving or transition, the
Minister may make such regulations as may be necessary for such saving or
transition.
(Amended by Act No. 6 of 2013)
72. Commencement
(1) The Act shall come into operation on a date to be fixed by Proclamation.
(2) Different dates may be fixed for the coming into operation of different sections
of this Act.
Commencement in Amendment Act
(1) (a) Subject to paragraph (b) and subsection (2), this Act shall come into
operation on a date to be fixed by Proclamation.
(b) Different dates may be fixed for the coming into operation of different
sections of this Act.
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(2) Section 27(d) shall be deemed to have come into operation on 2 February 2009.
(Amended by Act No. 6 of 2013)
Passed by the National Assembly on the twenty second day of August two thousand
and eight.
Ram Ranjit Dowlutta
Clerk of the National Assembly
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FIRST SCHEDULE
(section 2)
The retirement age of a person in respect of his date of birth shown in Column 1 shall
be the corresponding age specified in Column 2
COLUMN 1 COLUMN 2
MONTH AND YEAR OF
BIRTH RETIREMENT AGE
MONTH AND YEAR OF
RETIREMENT DATE
MONTH YEAR MONTH YEAR
AUGUST 1948 60 years + 1 month SEPTEMBER 2008
SEPTEMBER 1948 60 years + 2 months NOVEMBER 2008
OCTOBER 1948 60 years + 3 months JANUARY 2009
NOVEMBER 1948 60 years + 4 months MARCH 2009
DECEMBER 1948 60 years + 5 months MAY 2009
JANUARY 1949 60 years + 6 months JULY 2009
FEBRUARY 1949 60 years + 7 months SEPTEMBER 2009
MARCH 1949 60 years + 8 months NOVEMBER 2009
APRIL 1949 60 years + 9 months JANUARY 2010
MAY 1949 60 years + 10 months MARCH 2010
JUNE 1949 60 years + 11 months MAY 2010
JULY 1949 61 years JULY 2010
AUGUST 1949 61 years + 1 month SEPTEMBER 2010
SEPTEMBER 1949 61 years + 2months NOVEMBER 2010
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COLUMN 1 COLUMN 2
MONTH AND YEAR OF
BIRTH RETIREMENT AGE
MONTH AND YEAR OF
RETIREMENT DATE
MONTH YEAR MONTH YEAR
OCTOBER 1949 61 years + 3 months JANUARY 2011
NOVEMBER 1949 61 years + 4 months MARCH 2011
DECEMBER 1949 61 years + 5 months MAY 2011
JANUARY 1950 61 years + 6 months JULY 2011
FEBRUARY 1950 61 years + 7 months SEPTEMBER 2011
MARCH 1950 61 years + 8 months NOVEMBER 2011
APRIL 1950 61 years + 9 months JANUARY 2012
MAY 1950 61 years + 10 months MARCH 2012
JUNE 1950 61 years + 11 months MAY 2012
JULY 1950 62 years JULY 2012
AUGUST 1950 62 years + 1 month SEPTEMBER 2012
SEPTEMBER 1950 62 years + 2 months NOVEMBER 2012
OCTOBER 1950 62 years + 3 months JANUARY 2013
NOVEMBER 1950 62 years + 4 months MARCH 2013
DECEMBER 1950 62 years + 5 months MAY 2013
JANUARY 1951 62 years + 6 months JULY 2013
FEBRUARY 1951 62 years + 7 months SEPTEMBER 2013
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COLUMN 1 COLUMN 2
MONTH AND YEAR OF
BIRTH RETIREMENT AGE
MONTH AND YEAR OF
RETIREMENT DATE
MONTH YEAR MONTH YEAR
MARCH 1951 62 years + 8 months NOVEMBER 2013
APRIL 1951 62 years + 9 months JANUARY 2014
MAY 1951 62 years + 10 months MARCH 2014
JUNE 1951 62 years + 11 months MAY 2014
JULY 1951 63 years JULY 2014
AUGUST 1951 63 years + 1 month SEPTEMBER 2014
SEPTEMBER 1951 63 years + 2 months NOVEMBER 2014
OCTOBER 1951 63 years + 3 months JANUARY 2015
NOVEMBER 1951 63 years + 4 months MARCH 2015
DECEMBER 1951 63 years + 5 months MAY 2015
JANUARY 1952 63 years + 6 months JULY 2015
FEBRUARY 1952 63 years + 7 months SEPTEMBER 2015
MARCH 1952 63 years + 8 months NOVEMBER 2015
APRIL 1952 63 years + 9 months JANUARY 2016
MAY 1952 63 years + 10 months MARCH 2016
JUNE 1952 63 years + 11 months MAY 2016
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COLUMN 1 COLUMN 2
MONTH AND YEAR OF
BIRTH RETIREMENT AGE
MONTH AND YEAR OF
RETIREMENT DATE
MONTH YEAR MONTH YEAR
JULY 1952 64 years JULY 2016
AUGUST 1952 64 years + 1 month SEPTEMBER 2016
SEPTEMBER 1952 64 years + 2 months NOVEMBER 2016
OCTOBER 1952 64 years + 3 months JANUARY 2017
NOVEMBER 1952 64 years + 4months MARCH 2017
DECEMBER 1952 64 years + 5 months MAY 2017
JANUARY 1953 64 years + 6 months JULY 2017
FEBRUARY 1953 64 years + 7 months SEPTEMBER 2017
MARCH 1953 64 years + 8 months NOVEMBER 2017
APRIL 1953 64 years + 9 months JANUARY 2018
MAY 1953 64 years + 10 months MARCH 2018
JUNE 1953 64 years + 11 months MAY 2018
JULY 1953 65 years JULY 2018
AUGUST 1953
and
after
On reaching 65 years
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SCHEDULE
[Regulation 3]
SECOND SCHEDULE
[Section 8]
PARTICULARS OF WORK AGREEMENT/CONTRAT DU TRAVAIL/KONTRA TRAVAY
1. Name of employer/nom de l’employeur/nom lanplwayer – ……………….….…………….
………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
2. National Pensions Registration Number/numéro d’enregistrement de la pension
nationale/nimero anrezistreman pansion nasional–………………….…………………………
………………………………………………………………………………………….…………….
3. Business Registration Number/National Identity Card Number of employer/numéro
d’enregistrement de l’entreprise/numéro de Carte d’Identité Nationale de
l’employeur/nimero anrezistreman lantrepriz/nimero kart idantite nasional lanplwayer –
…………………………………………….…………………………………………………………
4. Address of employer/adresse de l’employeur/ladres lanplwayer – …….…………………
……………………………………………………………………………………………………….
5. Nature of activity /nature de l’activité/natir laktivite– …….………………………………….
……………………………………………………………………………………………………….
6. Name of worker/nom du travailleur/nom travayer–……….…….…………………………..
2
………………………………………………………………………………………………………
7. Sex of worker/sexe du travailleur/sex travayer– ……………………….….……………….
8. National Identity Card Number/Passport No. (non-citizens)/numéro de la carte d’identité
nationale/numéro du passeport (étrangers)/nimero kart idantite nasional/nimero paspor
(etranzer) – …….………………..…….……………………………………………………………
…………………………………………………………………………………….………………….
9. Date of birth of worker/date de naissance du travailleur/dat nesans
travayer –…………………………….………………………………………….………………….
10. Address of worker (specify district)/adresse du travailleur (specifiez le district)/ladres
travayer (presiz ki distrik)……………………………….……..………………………………….
………………………………………………………………………………….……………………
11. Date of commencement of agreement/date du début du contrat/dat komansman kontra –
…….……………..…..………………………………….…………………………………………..
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12. Place of work/lieu du travail/plas travay – ……………………………………………..…..
……………………………………………………………………………………………………….…
13. Grade, class or category of employment/qualité, classe ou catégorie d’emploi/kalite, klas
ou kategori travay – ……….………………………………...........................................................
…………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
14. Rate and particulars of remuneration/taux et détails de rémunération/tarif ek detay saler–
…….…….……………………………………………………………………………………………….
……………………………………………………………………………………………………………
3
15. Interval at which remuneration is to be paid/intervalle auquel rémunération doit être
versée/period pou lapey– ……………………………………….……………………………………
………………………………………………………………………………………………………..…
16. Normal hours of work/heures normales de travail/ler travay – .………………………..……
……………………. …………………….
Date/date/dat Signature of employer/signature de
l’employeur /signatir lanplwayer
_______________
(Amended by GN No. 159 of 2013)
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THIRD SCHEDULE
(section 19(1))
(a) Payment of meal allowance
(section 19(1))
Rs 70.00 per day
(b) Payment of maternity allowance
(section 30(1A))
Rs 3,000
(c) Payment of death grant
(section 50)
Rs 3,500
Amended by Act No. 6 of 2013
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FOURTH SCHEDULE
(section 21(3)(a))
PAYSLIP
Pay Period ...................................
1. Name of employer.............................................................................................
2. NPF Reg. No. of employer.................................................................................
3. Name of worker...............................................................................................
4. National Identity Number of worker.................................................................
5. Date of entry....................................................................................................
6. Category...........................................................................................................
7. Basic rate of pay...............................................................................................
8. Total number of days present at work...............................................................
9. No. of day(s) of leave taken (to specify)...............................................................
10. Number of hours of extra work performed and the corresponding extra payment
(i) 1.5 x........................................................................................................
(ii) 2 x...........................................................................................................
11. Allowance(s) paid (please specify).......................................................................
12. Piece rate earnings............................................................................................
13. Total remuneration...........................................................................................
14. Deduction(s) made and the reasons therefor.......................................................
15. Net pay...............................................................................................................
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FIFTH SCHEDULE
(section 43(3))
1. Particulars of employer
(a) Name..........................................................................................................
(b) Phone number............................................................................................
(c) National Pensions registration number.......................................................
(d) Address.....................................................................................................
2. Particulars of worker (The Finance Act No. 14 of 2009)
(a) National Identity Card Number..................................................................
(b) Name.........................................................................................................
(c) Phone number...........................................................................................
(d) Address.....................................................................................................
(e) Occupation.................................................................................................
(f) Basic wage............................................................./month/fortnight/week
(g) Activity opted under section 43(2)…………………………………………….
(delete whichever not applicable)
3. Details of employment
(a) Date joined service.....................................................................................
(b) Date of termination of employment............................................................
(c) Reason for termination of employment........................................................
(d) Amount payable as recycling fee................................................................
I certify that the above-named worker is registered in the Workfare Programme and
is entitled for the Transitional Unemployment Benefit.
.......................................... ....................................................
Date Permanent Secretary
Ministry of Labour, Industrial
Relations & Employment
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SIXTH SCHEDULE
(sections 44(1) and 45(3)(a))
(The Finance Act No. 14 of 2009)
TRANSITION UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFIT
Period after termination of
employment
Rate of benefit per month
First 3 months
90 percent of basic wage or salary
but not less than Rs 3,000
From 4th month to end of 6th month
60 percent of basic wage or salary
but not less than Rs 3,000
From 7th month to end of 12th
month
30 percent of basic wage or salary
but not less than Rs 3,000
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SEVENTH SCHEDULE
(section 44(2))
(The Finance Act No. 14 of 2009)
1. Subject to paragraph 2, the Transition Unemployment Benefit shall be financed
from –
(a) the one per cent contribution of the worker and the recycling fee in the
National Savings Fund Account of the worker and any interests accrued
thereon, to the extent of 50 per cent of the Transition Unemployment
Benefit; and
(b) the Workfare Programme Fund to the level of 50 per cent of the Transition
Unemployment Benefit.
2. Where a worker is admitted to a training or re-skilling scheme and opts for the
payment of the Transition Unemployment Benefit, the benefit shall be financed
from the total of –
(a) one-third of the one per cent contribution of the worker and of the recycling
fee in the National Savings Fund account of the worker and any interest
accrued thereon;
(b) one-third from the Workfare Programme Fund; and
(c) one-third from the National Empowerment Foundation.
3. Where the total amount under paragraph 1(a) or 2(a) is not sufficient, any
deficiency shall be met from the Workfare Programme Fund.
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FIRST SCHEDULE
(Section 36)
EIGHTH SCHEDULE
(Section 47(1)(a))
PAYMENT OF RECYCLING FEE
Between 12 months and up to 120
months of continuous employment
6 days’ basic wage or salary for every 12
months of continuous employment
Above 120 months up to 240 months of
continuous employment
10 days’ basic wage or salary for every 12
months of continuous employment
More than 240 months of continuous
employment
15 days’ basic wage or salary for every 12
months of continuous employment
Amended by Act No. 6 of 2013
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NINTH SCHEDULE
(section 47(1)(b))
RETURN OF RECYCLING FEE
(to be submitted with payment)
Name of employer : ………...................………………………….............
Tax Account number : …………...................…………………….................
National Pensions registration number: ...................................................................
Address of employer : ........................................................................
Total amount of Recycling Fee : .........................................................................
I certify that to the best of my knowledge the information in this return as correct.
.............................................. ...................................
Signature and name of employer Status
Date..........................................
Details of Worker
ID No.
Name
Other
names
Salary
(Rs)
Interval
of
payment
Date
of
entry
Date of
termination
of
employment
Amount
of
Recycling
Fee
1
2
3
4
5
Total
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TENTH SCHEDULE
(section 51)
CERTIFICATE OF EMPLOYMENT
This is to certify that (1) ………………………………………………………….......................
of (2) …...............…………………………………………………………… was employed as (3)
..........………………………………………………………………………………………..… with
(4) ……………………….........…………………………………………………….……… from (5)
…………………………………to …………….…………………………………………… (6)
………………………………
………………………………
………………………………………
Date Signature of employer
(1) Name of worker in block letters
(2) Address of worker
(3) Position held by worker
(4) Name of employer
(5) Date of commencement of agreement
(6) Date of termination of agreement
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ELEVENTH SCHEDULE
(section 70(4)(h))
FIRST SCHEDULE
(section 5)
Category of
employees
Contributions
(rounded to the
nearest rupee)
calculated on the
basic wage or salary
Contributions
(rounded to the
nearest rupee)
calculated on the
basic wage or salary
BY EMPLOYER
BY EMPLOYEE
1.
Public officers,
employees of a local
authority,
employees of
parastatal bodies
2.5%
---
2.
Any other employee
2.5%
1%
Where an employer is late in paying monthly contributions and the unpaid
contributions amount to less that Rs 50, no surcharge shall be payable
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TWELFTH SCHEDULE
(section 70(4)(i))
THIRD SCHEDULE
(sections 5B and 5D)
FINANCING OF TRANSITION UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFIT
1. The Transition Unemployment Benefit shall be financed from –
(a) the 1 per cent contribution of the worker and the recycling fee in the
National Savings Fund Account of the worker and any interests accrued
thereon, to the level of 50 per cent of the Transition Unemployment
Benefit; and
(b) the Workfare Programme Fund to the level of 50 per cent of the Transition
Unemployment Benefit.
2. Where the accumulated funds under paragraph 1(a) are not sufficient, any
shortfall to the set rates shall be met from the Workfare Programme Fund.
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THIRTEENTH SCHEDULE
(section 70(4)(i))
FOURTH SCHEDULE
(section 5C)
TRANSITION UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFIT
Period after termination of
employment
Rate of benefit per month
First 3 months
90 per cent of basic wage or salary
but not less than Rs 3,000
From 4th month to end of 6th month
60 per cent of basic wage or salary
but not less than Rs 3,000
From 7th month to end of 12th month
30 per cent of basic wage or salary
but not less than Rs 3,000
In this Schedule, basic wage or salary means –
(i) one twelfth of the sum of the basic wage or salary drawn by the
employee for the 12 consecutive months preceding the month in which
entitlement arises; or
(ii) where the worker has worked for less than 12 consecutive months
immediately before the month of entitlement, the monthly basic wage
or salary shall be the sum of the basic wage or salary drawn for each
month he has worked during the 12 preceding months divided by the
number of months.
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SECOND SCHEDULE
(Section 37)
FOURTEENTH SCHEDULE
(Section 43(3B)
NOTIFICATION OF REGISTRATION UNDER SECTION 43(3B) OF THE
EMPLOYMENT RIGHTS ACT
1. Particulars of employer
(a) Name………………………………………………………………………………………..
(b) Phone number……………………………………………………………………………
(c) National Pensions registration number………………………………………….
(d) Address ………………………………………………………………………………..….
2. Particulars of worker
(a) Name……………………………………………………………………………………….
(b) National Identity Card Number………………………………………………….…
(c) Phone number…………………………………………………………………………..
(d) Address………………………………………………………………………………..….
(e) Occupation ……………………………………………………………………….…….
(f) Basic wage………………………………/month/fortnight/week
(delete whichever not applicable)
(g) Date worker became gainfully employed…………………………………..…..
3. Details of employment
(a) Date joined service…………………………………………………………..……..…
(b) Date of termination of employment ………………………………………..……
(c) Reason for termination of employment……………………………………..…..
(d) Amount payable as recycling fee…………………………………………………...
I certify that the abovenamed worker is registered in the Workfare Programme and is
entitled to the Transition Unemployment Benefit for period ………………to
……………………………
……………………… ………………..……………..
Date Permanent Secretary
Ministry of Labour, Industrial Relations
and Employment
Amended by Act No. 6 of 2013