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Namibia - Procedural requirements for individual dismissals


Procedural requirements for individual dismissals - Namibia - 2019    

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Notification to the worker to be dismissed: written

Remarks:
  • Sec. 30(3) LA provides that notice of termination must be given in writing, stating the reasons for termination, if the termination is by the employer, and the date on which the notice is given, which may be:
    (a) on any working day in respect of an employee who has been employed for four weeks or less
    (b) on or before the last working day of the week in respect of an employee has been employed for more than four weeks but less than a year; and
    (c) on the first or the 15th of the month in respect of an employee who has been employed for over a year.

Notice period:
Remarks:
  • Sec. 30(1) LA set forth statutory minimum notice periods according to the employee's length of service, as follow:
    - one day, if the employee has been employed for four weeks or less;
    - one week, if the employee has been employed for more than four weeks but not more than one year;
    - one month, if the employee has been employed for more than one year.

    An employer and an employee may agree to a longer notice period provided that it is of equal duration for both parties (sec. 30(2) LA)
    • tenure ≥ 6 months
      • 1 week(s).
    • tenure ≥ 9 months
      • 1 week(s).
    • tenure ≥ 2 years
      • 1 month(s).
    • tenure ≥ 4 years
      • 1 month(s).
    • tenure ≥ 5 years
      • 1 month(s).
    • tenure ≥ 10 years
      • 1 month(s).
    • tenure ≥ 20 years
      • 1 month(s).

    Pay in lieu of notice: Yes

    Remarks:
    • Sec. 31(1) LA provides that instead of giving an employee notice in terms of section 30, an employer may pay the employee the remuneration the employee would have received, if the employee had worked during the period of notice.

    Notification to the public administration: No

    Remarks:
    • Except in the event of redundancy (see under "Collective dismissals for economic reasons"): art. 34 LA.

    Notification to workers' representatives: No

    Remarks:
    • Except in the event of redundancy (see under "Collective dismissals for economic reasons"): art. 34 LA.

    Approval by public administration or judicial bodies: No

    Approval by workers' representatives: No