Daily Law Tips (Tip 489) by Onyekachi Umah, Esq., LLM. ACIArb(UK)

*ORAL EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT IS ILLEGAL IN NIGERIA.*

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.

My authorities are sections 7, 21 and 22 of Labour Act, 1971.

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