HR practitioners empowered on navigating the evolving landscape of labour law

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HR practitioners empowered on navigating the evolving landscape of labour law
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The third Labour and Employment Law conference 2024 was opened on May 23 at Mestil Hotel by the acting Head Judge Industrial Court, Justice Linda Tumusiime.

While delivering a Key note address on the conference theme: “Navigating the Evolving Landscape of Employment Law”, she appreciated the Human Resource Managers Association of Uganda and Signum Advocates for organising such a timely theme.

In her address she emphasized the fact that labour laws will need to change to accommodate new work ways after Covid -19.

She spoke about some of the drivers of change in the employment that include the increasing role of the state which prioritises Employer- Employee relations and the goal to ensure more cases are heard with more judges being recruited.

She emphasized that as employment laws evolve practitioners need to maintain a culture of compliance, engage in proactive measures so that there are minimal legal risks.

Tumusiime also advised the attendees to stay abreast with the changing employment laws.

The two day conference was organized to address the recent employment law reforms and trends that have affected labour and employment relations in Uganda.

The conference will address legislative changes that have happened and the proposed labour law reforms not forgetting the compliance obligations on employers.

During the conference the legal advisors and HR practitioners were taken through a number of emerging trends, statutory reforms, Do’s and Don’t’s in managing Discipline and Separation at workplaces.

The goal of the conference is to enable the practitioners to be alert on changes in the law so as to avoid misunderstanding whose impact to business could include financial loss, reputational damage and in many cases time loss.

The conference seeks to cast light on how businesses and organizations can comply with new legislative directions and international trends while obtaining optimum performance from human resources to remain sustainable.

During the opening remarks, the President Human Resources Managers Association, Mr Ronald Bbosa, thanked the event partners Signum Advocates, Uganda Christian Lawyers Fraternity and sponsors Uganda Revenue authority and other partners for sponsoring their staff to participate in this important occasion.

Bbosa reaffirmed the association’s role to empower its members to offer value to their workplace by sharing how they can navigate the evolving landscape of employment law.

He also thanked Next Media for its partnership as the association embarks on celebrating its 25th anniversary.

The Managing Partner of Signum Advocates, Mr Patson W. Arinaitwe while delivering his talk on emerging trends and statutory reforms in Employment law emphasized the role of employment laws and its impact on employers and employees.

He asked the practitioners to ensure process adherence, compliance to the different laws, learn, unlearn and relearn and participation as the different legal reforms are being enhanced.

The Chief Executive Officer Mr Martin Sabiiti while representing the President of Uganda Christian Lawyers Fraternity affirmed that the conference theme falls in line with UCLF’s mandate to inform and educate people regarding the law and their rights.

He thanked government for establishing the Industrial court and mentioned that this court is now so busy since more people know their rights and the fact that there are a number of post-Covid layoffs.

The practitioners have been encouraged to ensure they have the right work place policies in place, that they follow correct processes as they hire, separate, carry out performance improvement, recruitment and retention of staff.

On the issue of diversity, equity and inclusion, it is key that Uganda utilizes the laws in place and puts in place mechanism to deliver the necessary results in the workplace.

The practitioners were invited to take a risk as they allow reverse mentorship in the workplace bearing in mind that there are four generations in today’s workplace and so we can no longer have a one size fits all agenda.

We need to understand the generations, embrace technology, promote collaboration and knowledge sharing.

This was the key message from Mr Apollo Gabazira, country director of Care Uganda, as he spoke about Managing a multi-generational workplace in a tech-driven workplace.

The event ended with a charge for all to ensure they respect employee data rights, understand occupational safety and health acts, be part of ensuring their work places can accommodate refugees and most importantly that the workplace is seen as a place where wellness is promoted, skills enhanced above all value added to business by understanding the laws in place.

 

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