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January 26, 2021

By Filipa Russo de Sá, Shelina Hassan,  Nuno Gouveia, Paula Caldeira Dutschmann,Karen Fulton, Nonkululeko Mkhwanazi and Bulela Mungeka

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Preventive labour measures to contain the COVID-19 outbreak during the State of Emergency

Through Decree No. 36/2020 of 2 June 2020 (the "Decree"), the Council of Ministers has approved a set of measures to be adopted by public and private institutions working during the State of Emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak. These measures include social distancing between employees, mandatory frequent hand washing and disinfection of common areas. The Decree also reduces the number of employees physically present at the workplace to at least 1/3rd of the total number of employees, and requires a mandatory rotation of these employees every 15 days. To help safeguard employment, the Decree also expressly prohibits the termination of employment based on the absence of employees from their workplace due to preventive measures relating to the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak.

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




New legislation regarding private employment agencies

The Government of Mozambique approved a new Decree No. 16/2018, of 23 April 2018, establishing the rules and procedures for the licensing of Private Employment Agencies.


New legislation regarding the mandatory social security regime

The Government of Mozambique approved Decree nº 51/2017, of 9 October 2017, which came into force in January 2018, which implements the Law No. 4/2007, of 7 February 2007. This new regulation establishes the new mandatory social security regime for employees and self-employed contractors.

With thanks to Filipa Russo de Sá and Shelina Hassan of Pimenta & Associados and Nuno Gouveia and Paula Caldeira Dutschmann of Miranda & Associados for their invaluable collaboration on this update.


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