Adv. Karabo Tl­hoeli

Lesotho Times - - Business -

haus­tive. Labour agents should get as much in­for­ma­tion as pos­si­ble. The le­gal in­stru­ments such as the Labour Code Act of 1992 will guide labour agents on the ques­tions and or in­for­ma­tion to look for. It is im­por­tant that the em­ploy­ment con­tract be­tween the labour agent and the em­ploy­ees in­di­cate how the cases of re­cruit­ment mal­prac­tices will be avoided. Ev­i­dence has shown that un­less re­cruit­ment is prop­erly reg­u­lated, many work­ers will fall vic­tims to fraud­u­lent prac­tices such as non-ex­ist­ing jobs, job con­tracts that dif­fer from ac­tual con­di­tions of em­ploy­ment (un­paid over­time, un­der­cut­ting of the agreed con­tract pe­riod and con­tracts sub­sti­tu­tion) ex­or­bi­tant fees, over­charge prospec­tive mi­grants lead­ing them to con­tracts debts, forced labour, con­fis­ca­tion of pass­ports, em­ploy­ers claim­ing that work­ers do not have skills they were sup­posed to have, li­a­bil­ity-putting up a guar­an­tee bond is­sued by a com­mer­cial bank to meet claims of work­ers for un­paid wages and other da­m­ages that may be found to be valid.

In con­clu­sion, it worth men­tion that there is a scheme in place which fa­cil­i­tates the trans­fer of mi­grants (minework­ers) re­mit­tances into the banks of their choice in Le­sotho. The scheme may be ex­tended to these work­ers. It is ad­min­is­tered at no cost to them. The em­ployer in­curs the costs. Cur­rently, minework­ers re­mit 30% of their salary, which is tax-free. The law al­lows a max­i­mum of 50% of one’s salary.

This ar­ti­cle has been writ­ten by the Min­istry of Labour and Em­ploy­ment. For more in­for­ma­tion, do not hes­i­tate to con­tact us here: Tel: 22322565/22316255 Cell: 57905626 You can also find us on our Min­istry’s web­site: www.labour.gov.ls OR on our face­book page (Min­istry of Labour and

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