ALP Legal Alert

COVID-19 AND EMPLOYMENT LAW IN UGANDA

By ALP Advocate
on
April 1, 2020

In a bid to respond to emerging public health concerns, the government of Uganda has issued several regulations, including Public Health (Notification of COVID-19) Order, SI No 45/2020; Public Health (Prevention of COVID-19) (Requirements and Conditions of Entry into Uganda) Order, SI No 46/2020; Public Health (Control of COVID-19) Order, SI No 52/2020; and Public Health (Prohibition of Entry into Uganda) Order, SI No 53/2020. These regulations were issued over a week’s period between March 17, 2020 and March 24, 2020 and, while primarily aimed at prevention of spread of COVID-19 infection, the ban on, for instance, on bars and concerts (in the Control of COVID-19 Order) has had a ricochet effect upon employment, as it naturally extended to gatherings at other social events and places.

This Alert addresses implications of the COVID-19 outbreak in Uganda upon employment contracts in light of employers’ obligations, directives issued by government, and the restrictions that have constrained work, and explores a way forward in the circumstances.

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Disclaimer

No information contained in this alert should be construed as legal advice from ALP East Africa or ALP Advocates or the individual authors, nor is it intended to be a substitute for legal counsel on any subject matter.

For additional information in relation to this alert, please contact the following:

  • Ann Namara Musinguzi   

           Head, Corporate & Commercial Department

           anamara@alp-ea.com

  • Rebecca Muheki

            Associate, Corporate & Commercial Department

           muheki@alp-ea.com