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Employment Act No. 54 of 1978 (Consolidated up to 31 March 2001).

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First Region

Papua New Guinea
General provisions; Labour codes, general labour and employment acts
Law, Act

Second Region

Regulates working conditions and conditions of employment. Part One makes introductory definitions and provisions. Part Two makes administrative provisions which include the appointment of labour officers. Part Three governs contracts of employment. Establishes the requirements for oral and written contracts. Governs contracts for casual workers and piece-rate work. Provides for the termination of contracts and for repatriation. Part Four regulates conditions of employment. Establishes maximum daily hours of work at twelve per day and sets overtime wage rates. Provides for rest and leave. Part Five governs the payment and protection of wages. Regulates minimum wage rates, entitlement to wages, methods of payment and deductions. Establishes the priority of payment of wages over all other debts of an employer. Sets procedures and fines for the failure to pay wages. Part Six governs the employment of females and young persons. Limits the employment of females at night and prohibits the employment of females in heavy labour. Provides for maternity leave. Prohibits the employment of young persons under the age of eleven. Allows for the employment of young persons aged between eleven and sixteen as long as the employment does not prejudice school attendance, and as long as the young person has parental permission. Part Seven governs recruiting and employment agents. Part Eight regulates worker housing. Part Nine governs health and welfare. Part Ten establishes penalties for offences. Part Eleven makes miscellaneous provisions. Part Twelve sets forth transitional provisions.

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    Date of entry into force

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Electronic region

Monograph region

    Monograph title
    CD-Rom: Legislation and Case Law of PNG
    Thomson Legal & Regulatory Ltd
    Page range
    pp. 41-103

Serial region

    Serial title
    Printed separately
    Page range
    66 p.