Ministry of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment Creation page 2

Cabinet Decision and Date/Year of Enactment Date of Review Name of Document Purpose/Rationale of Policy(ies)/ Strategies

26 March 1992

Not yet reviewed

To make provision for the regulation of the conditions of employment of employees in Namibia; to prevent and remedy any unfair dismissals of, and unfair disciplinary actions against, employees; to regulate the termination of contracts of employment; to provide for the registration of trade unions and employers' organizations and to define the rights and obligations of trade unions and employers' organizations; to provide for the settlement of disputes between employees or registered trade unions and employers or registered employers' organizations; to provide for that purpose for the appointment, and to define the powers, duties and functions of a Labour Commissioner and inspectors; to establish for that purpose a Labour Advisory Council, a Labour Court, district labour courts and a Wages Commission; to provide for the constitution, and to define the powers, duties and functions of the said Labour Advisory Council, Labour Court, district labour courts and Wages Commission; and to provide for the health, safety and welfare of employees at work; and to provide for incidental matters.

28 February 2012

Not yet reviewed

To provide for the establishment of an Industrial Property Office and the appointment of a Registrar of industrial property; to provide for the grant, protection and administration of patents and utility model certificates; to provide for the registration, protection and administration of industrial designs; to provide for the registration, protection and administration of trademarks, collective marks, certification marks and trade names; to provide for the registration of industrial property agents; to provide for the establishment of an Industrial Property Tribunal; and to provide for incidental matters.

28 November 1991

Not yet reviewed

To accord recognition to the Namibia Red Cross Society as the only Red Cross Society in Namibia; to prohibit the unauthorised use of the name or emblem of the Red Cross or Red Crescent; and to provide for matters incidental thereto.

3 September 1998

Not yet reviewed

To achieve equal opportunity in employment in accordance with Article 10 and Article 23 of the Namibian Constitution; to provide for the establishment of the Employment Equity Commission; to redress through appropriate affirmative action plans the conditions of disadvantage in employment experienced by persons in designated Groups arising from past discriminatory laws and practices; to institute procedures to contribute towards the elimination of discrimination in employment; and to provide for matters incidental thereto.

30 November 1994

Not yet reviewed

To provide for the establishment, constitution and powers duties and functions of the Social Security Commission; to provide for the payment of maternity leave benefits, sick leave benefits and death benefits to employees and to establish for that purpose the Maternity Leave, Sick Leave and Death Benefit Fund; to provide for the payment of medical benefits to employees and to establish for that purpose the National Medical Benefit Fund; to provide for the payment of pension benefits to retired employees and to establish for that purpose the National Pension Fund; to provide for the funding of training schemes for disadvantaged, unemployed per- sons and to establish for that purpose the Development Fund; and to provide for incidental matters.

31 October 2008

Not yet reviewed

COMMENCEMENT OF THE LABOUR ACT, 2007 (ACT NO. 11 OF 2007)

6 August 1993

Not yet reviewed

To amend the National Welfare Act, 1965, so as to change the name of the National Welfare Board of South West Africa to the National Welfare Board of Namibia; to amend the definitions; to repeal the provisions providing for the registration of, and control over, social workers; to adjust its provisions in view of the independence of Namibia; and to provide for matters incidental thereto.

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