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Zambia - Requisitos de fondo para el despido


Requisitos de fondo de despido (motivos permitidos y prohibidos) - Zambia - 2019    

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Obligación de motivar el despido :
Remarks:
  • Employment (Amendment) Act of 2015 inserts in section 36(1)(c) on termination of employment the obligation to provide reasons to the employee. The section reads now: A written contract of service shall be terminated (c) in any other manner in which a contract of service may be lawfully terminated or deemed to be terminated whether under the provisions of this Act or otherwise except that where the termination is at the initiative of the employer, the employer shall give reasons to the employee for the termination of that employee’s employment”.


Motivos autorizados (despido justificado) : conducta del trabajador ; capacidad del trabajador ; razones económicas
Remarks:
  • - Termination of written contracts is regulated by sec. 36 EA, amended in 2015, which reads as follows: "(1) A written contract of service shall be terminated
    (a) by the expiry of the term for which it is expressed to be made; or
    (b) by the death of the employee before such expiry; or
    (c) in any other manner in which a contract of service may be lawfully terminated or deemed to be terminated whether under the provisions of this Act or otherwise.
    (2) Where owing to sickness or accident an employee is unable to fulfil a written contract of service, the contract may be.
    […] ” terminated on the report of a registered medical practitioner."
    (3) The contract of service of an employee shall not be terminated unless there is a valid reason for the termination connected with the capacity, conduct of the employee or based on the operational requirements of the undertaking


Motivos prohibidos : estado civil; embarazo ; licencia de maternidad; responsabilidades familiares; presentación de una queja contra el empleador; enfermedad o accidente profesional temporal; raza; color; sexo; religión ; opinion política ; origen social ; afiliación sindical y actividades sindicales ; disfrute legal de licencias ; origen étnico
Remarks:
  • Section 36(4) EA, added by the 2015 Amendment, states: Reasons that are not valid for termination of contracts include
    (a) union membership or participation in union activities outside working hours or, with the consent of the employer, within working hours;
    (b) seeking office as, acting or having acted in the capacity of, an employee’s representatives;
    (c) the filing of a complaint, the participation in proceedings against an employer involving alleged violation of laws or recourse to administrative authorities;
    (d) race, colour, sex, marital status, family responsibilities, pregnancy, religion, political opinion or affiliation, ethnicity, tribal affiliation or social status of the employee; or
    (e)absence from work during leave or a rest period in accordance with a written law.

    See also:
    * Sec. 108 ILRA: The prohibited grounds for dismissal listed are race, sex, marital status, religion, political opinion or affiliation, tribal extraction or status of the employee.
    * On trade union activities and membership, and filing a complaint against the employer, see sec. 5 ILRA.
    * Dismissal based on pregnancy or maternity leave is prohibited in sec. 15B EA and clause 7(4) of both MWCEGO and MWCESO.
    * On temporary work injury or sickness, see sec. 54(1) LC.


Trabajadores que gozan de una protección particular (fuero): representantes de los trabajadores ; mujeres embarazadas o con licencia de maternidad ; trabajadores con licencia temporal por enfermedad
Remarks:
  • "Workers' representatives" were added in the category of workers enjoying special protection in 2017.

    - The EA also provides for statutory sick leave with full pay and employment cannot be terminated on this ground during this leave period (sec. 54).
    - Sec. 15B EA prohibits termination of employment for reasons connected with pregnancy and establishes a presumption of violation of such prohibition (in the absence of proof to the contrary) if the employer terminates the contract of a female employee within six months after delivery.
    - Sec. 36(4)(b) EA prohibits the termination of an employment contract for an employee seeking office as, acting or having acted in the capacity of, an employee’s representatives.