Thursday, 7 March 2013

Reps Move To Criminalise Late, Non-payment Of Salaries

A new bill before the House of Representatives has proposed stiff penalties for employers of labour in both the public and private sectors who fail to pay or delay the payment of workers’ salaries.

The bill passed second reading on Tuesday, getting the support of the majority of lawmakers at a session presided over by the Speaker, Mr. Aminu Tambuwal.

It also proposes that underpayment of workers’ wages; pension and emolument will attract sanctions.

According to the sponsor of the bill and House Minority Leader, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila, the penalties will include the loss of 10 to 20 per cent of the value of the delayed salary.

He explained that after a salary delay of one week, the employer would begin to lose percentages of the salary, which would be added to the employee’s pay.


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