IMPACT – HIGH
What is the change? New work permit regulations that will govern the hiring of foreign labor in all sectors other than petroleum and mining will take effect Nov. 29.
What does the change mean? The new regulations contain several important changes, including a prohibition on employment agencies obtaining work permits for third parties, longer processing times, increased government filing fees and greater compliance enforcement.
Details: As BAL reported in July, Mozambique is making significant changes to its work permit regulations. Among other new rules:
The regulations were published in the Mozambican Government’s Official Gazette on Friday and will take effect Nov. 29.
BAL Analysis: Employers should prepare for significant changes once the regulations take effect, both in terms of end-to-end process times and budgeting for work permit application fees. Most importantly, employers will need to ensure that any contract workers who are engaged via an employment agency will have work permits sponsored by the employer and not by the agency. Those with specific questions on how individual cases will be affected by the new regulations should contact their BAL professional.
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