STRUCTURE & CORE FUNCTIONS

LABOUR DEPARTMENT

RECRUITMENT OF FOREIGN LABOUR

The Director-General of Immigration may, in consultation with the Ministry of labour and Social Security, issue an employment permit to any foreigner outside Zambia who—

  • 1. is not a prohibited immigrant;
  • 2. belongs to class A specified in the First Schedule; (click to read more of the immigration and deportation Act)
  • 3. is employed by the Government of the Republic of Zambia or a statutory body; or
  • 4. is a volunteer or missionary.

The Director-General of Immigration may, in consultation with the Ministry responsible for labour, issue an employment permit to any person within Zambia who would be eligible under subsection (1) for such a permit if that person were outside Zambia.

Any ministry or department of the Government or a statutory body that intends to employ a foreigner shall comply with the prescribed requirements, procedures and forms specified for the issuance of an employment permit to the foreigner.

An employment permit shall specify such conditions, if any, for observance by the holder, as to the area within which the holder may engage in employment and the nature of the employment in which the holder may engage, as the Director-General of Immigration considers necessary; and the period of its validity.

The period of validity of an employment permit, in any case, will be for a period from the date of its issue to a date, as the Director-General of Immigration, having regard to all the circumstances of the case, thinks fit, and shall be capable of extension for a further period or periods to a maximum of five years from the date of its issue. The permit shall authorise the holder—

  • 1. To engage in paid work under an employer resident in Zambia; and
  • 2. to enter and re-enter into and to remain within Zambia until the permit expires.

 

An employer shall, on the termination of an employment contract of, or the resignation or dismissal of, a foreign employee who is the holder of employment permit surrender the employment permit to the Director-General of Immigration within one month of the termination of the employment contract, resignation or dismissal of the foreign employee.

An employer shall, on termination of an employment contract of, or the resignation or dismissal of, a foreign employee who is the holder of an employment permit be fully responsible for the repatriation of the former foreign employee and other costs associated with the deportation of that former foreign employee if that former foreign employee fails to leave Zambia when no longer in employment. It is an offence for employers to contravene the above provisions and is liable, upon conviction, to a fine not exceeding two hundred thousand penalty units.

The Director-General of Immigration may issue a temporary employment permit to any business visitor who intends to remain in Zambia for a period in excess of thirty days, except that any period granted under a temporary employment permit shall not exceed six months in any period of twelve months.

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Social Security Department

The Social Security Department is headed by a Director and has two functional Sections, each supervised by a Principal Social Security Officer.  

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Labour Department

The Department of Labour is headed by a Labour Commissioner with three (3) functional Sections namely; Employment, Industrial Relations and Inspections.
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Planning Department

The Planning and Research Unit is headed by a Chief Planner and has two functional Sections, each supervised by a Principal Planner.
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Occpational Health and Safety

As Zambia seeks to improve the well-being of its people through development,    there are however hazards that come about and affect the health of workers, the community and the general environment. 
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Human Resource Department

The Department of HRA is headed by a Director and has two functional Sections and a Unit, namely: Human Resources and Administration, and Accounts Unit.
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National Productivity Development

The Department is headed by a Director and has three Sections, namely: Productivity and Quality Improvement, Occupational Assessment, and Productivity Measurement and Monitoring
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Our Contact Info

Ministry of Labour and Social Security, New Government Complex, Independence Avenue, P.O. Box 32186, Lusaka, Zambia. Tel: +260-211-221432, Fax: +260-211-225169, Web-Site: www.mlss.gov.zm, E-Mail: mlss@mlss.gov.zm

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REVISED STATUTORY INSTRUMENT

Statutory Instrument (SI) - The Minimum Wages and Conditions of Employment Act. Click below to view detailed SI documentation.