Family Responsibilities

Paternity Leave

The Draft Constitution of Zambia support availability of adequate paternity leave in recognition of the nurturing role of both parents. However, this provision has yet not been translated into a law. The Tripartite Consultative Labour Council (TCLC), a representative body of workers, employers and the government, has recommended for an unpaid paternity leave of up to 7 days.

Bill of Rights is not part of the 2016 Constitution of Zambia (Amendment) Act and will be subject to a referendum during the 2016 general elections being held on 11 August 2016. The referendum was held and although 71% of voters voted in favour of the amendments, since the turnout was only 44%, below the 50% threshold required to validate the result, the amended Bill of Rights 2016 could not be approved. Thus, the Bill of Rights contained in 1996 Constitution is still applicable.   

Source: §60(3) of the Constitution of the Republic of Zambia, 2016; Draft Bill of Rights 2016

Parental Leave

There is no provision in the law on paid or unpaid parental leave.

Flexible Work Option for Parents / Work-Life Balance

No provisions could be located in the law supporting work-life balance for parents or workers with family responsibilities.

Regulations on Family Responsibilities

  • Employment Act, 1965
  • Minimum Wages and Conditions of Employment Act, 1982
  • Minimum Wages and Conditions of Employment (General) Order, 2011 (amended in 2012)
  • Minimum Wages and Conditions of Employment (Shop Workers) Order, 2011 (amended in 2012)
  • Minimum Wages and Conditions of Employment (Domestic Workers) Order, 2011 (amended in 2012)
  • Draft Constitution of the Republic of Zambia, 2012
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