Rules and Regulations Governing the Licensing, Recruitment and Employment of Ugandan Migrant Workers Abroad, Statutory Instrument No. 62, 2005
- Responsible Organisations: Ministry of Gender, Labour, and Social Development, Government of Uganda (Government)
- ILO Regions: Africa
- Country(ies): Uganda
- Thematic areas: Fair recruitment; Protection
- MLFLM: 13.; 8.; 9.(a),(b),(c); 11.
In 2005, the Ugandan government passed the Employment (Recruitment of Ugandan Migrant Workers Abroad) Regulations. The Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development is the lead agency responsible for implementing and enforcing the regulations. According to these regulations, licensed recruitment agencies are required to offer information sessions to migrant workers and to ensure that employment contracts are in accordance with the standard employment contract and other laws, regulations and collective bargaining agreements. Licensed recruitment agencies must also ensure that migrant workers examine their contracts before signing them and receive copies. They must guarantee compliance with national legislation and international standards. Another significant requirement is that recruiters assume joint liability with the employer for all claims that may arise in connection with the implementation of the employment contract, including wages, death and disability compensation, and repatriation. There are also rules on the advertisement of job vacancies and fees that may be charged to workers. Before issuing a license, the Ministry conducts an inspection of the Agency premises and pertinent documents.