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Nigeria: Employee rights

Original and updating authors: Dayo Adu and Adekunle Obebe, Bloomfield Advocates & Solicitors

Consultant editor: Ayobamidele Akande, Stark Legal


  • The main item of legislation relating to many aspects of employee rights is the Labour Act, the provisions of which apply only to "workers". (See General)
  • There are no statutory normal working hours or maximum limits on working time. (See Hours of work)
  • Where an employee works for at least six hours a day, he or she must be granted "rest intervals". (See Rest breaks and rest periods)
  • Nigerian law provides for statutory minimum paid annual leave. (See Holiday and holiday pay)
  • Female employees are entitled to a period of maternity leave, a certain portion of which must be taken after the birth. (See Maternity and pregnancy rights)
  • Part-time work is not specifically regulated by legislation, and there are no specific rules on fixed-term employment. (See Part-time workers and Fixed-term workers)
  • Temporary agency work is permitted in the form of "labour contracting". (See Temporary agency workers)
  • The recruitment of Nigerian nationals for employment outside Nigeria is subject to various rules and restrictions. (See Posted workers)
  • There is no automatic transfer of employment contracts to the purchaser on the transfer of a business or part of a business. (See Transfers of undertakings)
  • In the event of their employer's insolvency, employees' pay-related claims are among those that receive preferential treatment. (See Insolvency of employer)