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January 25, 2021

By Vera Owusu Osei, David Ofosu-Dorte,  Karen Fulton, Nonkululeko Mkhwanazi and Bulela Mungeka

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KEY DEVELOPMENTS FOR 2020


 

Implementation of the Occupation Health Safety Bill

The Occupation Health Safety Bill (OHS Bill) is expected to be passed in 2020. When passed into law, the OHS Bill will promote health and safety in the workplace.


 

Institutional Inspections by the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations

On 26 June 2020, the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations (MELR) issued a communiqué informing employers of its decision to undertake inspections of their enterprises to ensure that effective measures are taken to protect the health of employees during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The MELR set out 10 criteria that employers must adhere to, including the creation of an isolation room for employees with COVID-19 symptoms and the training of management on the effective use of personal protective equipment.


 

New Insurance Bill

The new Insurance Bill, which is due to be passed by the Parliament of Ghana in 2020, will compel certain employers to take out workmen's compensation insurance for all of their employees. This is to guarantee the compensation of employees who are injured in the course of carrying out their employment duties in accordance with the Workmen's Compensation Act, 1987.


 

Youth Employment Programmes

The Youth Employment Agency ("YEA") recently launched Job Centre, an online platform to link job seekers to potential employers in both public and private sectors. Other initiatives of the YEA are the Artisan Directory (to train and provide tools to artisans), the Work-Abroad Programme (to enable Ghana to export young professionals to foreign countries for work purposes) and the Agriculture-based Flagship Project (to support the youth to venture into farming activities).

With thanks to Karen Fulton, Nonkululeko Mkhwanazi and Bulela Mungeka of Bowmans for their invaluable contribution on this update.

 

KEY DEVELOPMENTS FOR 2019


 

Petroleum commission sets out employment guidelines

The Petroleum Commission’s employment guidelines came into effect on 1 June 2018. The Guidelines seek to ensure transparency in the recruitment process for companies operating in the country’s oil and gas sector. The Guidelines covers succession planning methodology, recruitment processes, training, skills transfer and capacity building. Additionally, the Guidelines provide the criteria for how expatriates may be hired to work in Ghana and how skills transfer to local persons may be maintained.

With thanks to Vera Owusu Osei and David Ofosu-Dorte from AB & David Africa for their invaluable collaboration on this update.

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