GUIDE ON WORK RIGHTS
OBLIGATIONS OF FOREIGN EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES IN GHANA.
(a) No foreigner shall employ or accept employment in Ghana unless that person is granted a work permit or Immigrant quota.
(b) Work permit or Immigrant quota is an
authorization granted to an employer or employee to engage in lawful and gainful employment in Ghana .
(c) Work permit or Immigrant quota specifies the job title and indicates the employer by whom that person is employed and the holder cannot engage in any other employment, business, profession or occupation in Ghana for reward than what is specified by the work permit or Immigrant quota.
(d) Foreign spouses with special skills may on application to the Minister of Interior be issued with work permits to work so long as they remain with partners who have lawful residential status in Ghana .
(e) A foreigner that has been granted work permit or immigrant quota cannot start working immediately in Ghana unless that person is granted residence permit by the Director of Immigration to remain and work in the country.
(f) When a foreign national begins to work for an employer in Ghana, the employer will have to give notice to the issuing authority for work permit or Immigrant quota no later than seven days after commencement of employment in a prescribed form, indicating the commencement date with a copy to the Director of immigration. Additionally, a letter of guarantee in respect of repatriation expenses of the employee should be submitted to the Director.
(g) Similarly, the employee will have to give notice of the commencement date to the issuing authority not later than 7 days after the commencement of employment with a copy to the Director of immigration.
(h) If a foreign national ceases to work in Ghana the employer will have to give notice of the cessation not later than 7 days after the cessation to the issuing authority with a copy to the Director of immigration and shall comply with the directions of the Director as to the arrangements for the repatriation of the employee and his dependants, if any.
The employee will also have to give likewise notification.
(i) An individual or body corporate to whom work permit or immigrant quota is granted, is obliged to submit annual returns, not later than the 14th day of January in each year to the issuing authority with a copy to the Director of immigration, giving names and addresses of all foreign employees in their employment as at 1st January.
Other particulars which may be prescribed will also have to be provided.
(j) An employer is liable to pay all repatriation expenses of an employee and his dependants if the employee ceases to work for the employer and repatriation becomes necessary.
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