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Oral Employment Agreement Is Illegal In Nigeria

Oral Employment Agreement Is Illegal In Nigeria

Oral Employment Agreement Is Illegal In Nigeria.  Daily Law Tips (Tip 489) by Onyekachi Umah, Esq., LLM. ACIArb(UK)

In Nigeria, every worker (causal, temporal or permanent) must be is issued a Written Contract of Employment/Statement of Employment by his employer.

There is no room for unwritten/oral employment agreement for any job/work/employment whatsoever, whether for long time or short time. Where there is no employment agreement, employer must issue to a worker, a “Statement of Employment” within 3 months of employment. A written employment agreement/Statement of Employment must state the following; employer’ name, employee’s name and address, place of work, salary/wage, holidays and duration of employment and needed notice for termination of employment. Doing otherwise is an offence punishable with #800.00 for a first offender.

Note that, none of the above affects a worker that is father, mother, husband, wife or child of the employer or to any person working on an agreement do co-operation.


Sections 7, 21 and 22 of Labour Act, 1971.









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