Industrial & Labour Relations, Human Resources Management, Labour & Employment Law
Associate Professor / Reader
Industrial Relations and Personnel Management
At the Industrial Relations And Personnel Management department office
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Topic: Impact Of COVID-19 On Employment Law
The global economy has been negatively affected as a result of the covid-19 pandemic which has many implications, including social, economic and employment/contractual issues. However, this research mainly considers the impact of the pandemic on Nigerian labour law and the contract of employment.Generally, employment relations are governed by the labour legislation in different countries and more specifically by contracts of employment, which spell out the terms which have been agreed to by both parties to the contract (employer and employees) to govern their relations during the term of employment.
A pandemic of this type is unprecedented and it is not unlikely that most employers in drawing up employment contracts would not have contemplated circumstances which would bring about this level of interruption and disruption to work as we now have with the COVID-19. Businesses now have to deal with issues of non-performance of obligations in employment contracts and situations which employment contracts, company policies and employee handbooks cannot deal with sufficiently. It is on this note that I have chosen to look into this and give some guidance on some common employment and labour related issues that have been thrown up by the pandemic. Indeed the economic impact of the outbreak of the COVID-19 has been devastating and the consequential impact of the outbreak on the world of work cannot be exhaustively discussed.The pandemic has technically rendered many workers redundant and has therefore become necessary that employers engage with the workers through the process of collective bargaining to discuss and evaluate the impacts of the business operation and employment contract.
|1.||Ph.D (Industrial, Organisational and Labour Studies)||University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa||2016|
An Assessment of Employment Programmes as a Mechanism for Poverty Reduction in Nigeria
Poverty is a developmental issue of concern to many nations of the world. Poverty has been defined as “The inability to attain a minimum standard of living” which was “consumption-based” and comprised of two elements: “the expenditure necessary to buy a minimum standard of nutrition and other basic necessities and a further amount that varies on country to country basis, reflecting the cost of participating in everyday life of society”. The principal route out of poverty is work (ILO 2012). This indicate the important role that employment is believed to play in ensuring poverty reduction, opportunities through wage employment or self-employment is therefore crucial to raising incomes and overcome poverty. The study, seeks to empirically assess employment programmes as a mechanism for poverty reduction in Nigeria. The poverty situation in Nigeria is worrisome, interestingly various policies such as the National Directorate of Employment (NDE), skills acquisition training and the recent proposed implementation of the 774,000 jobs for public works project nationwide by the Federal Ministry of labour and employment have been promulgated to reduce poverty in Nigeria. This research is relevant as It will bring to the fore data on the causes and effects of poverty. This information will help policy makers to formulate and implement appropriate poverty reduction strategies since such efforts should be initiated on the basis of evidence-based research. The study will focus on how youth employment can increase access to social services and how youth employment can be generated for poverty reduction. The study is a social survey utilising probabilistic techniques to sample youth and gathering data that will be analysable quantitatively to establish relationship between youth employment and poverty reduction. Questionnaires will be used for the collection of primary data. Descriptive and inferential statistics will be used for the analysis of the data.
KOLAWOLE IBUKUN is a Associate Professor / Reader at the Department of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management
KOLAWOLE has a Ph.D in Industrial, Organisational and Labour Studies from University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa