Nigeria: Pay and benefits
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Original and updating author: Adekunle Obebe, Bloomfield Law Practice
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- Pay rates are generally set by agreement between the employer and employee, or by a collective agreement. (See General)
- Wages must not be paid at intervals exceeding one month. (See Payment of wages)
- Employers must deduct from employees' pay income tax and pension contributions, while other deductions generally require the employee's consent. (See Deductions)
- While the Constitution provides for equal pay for equal work without discrimination on grounds of sex or any other grounds, there has been no legislation enacting this. (See Equal pay)
- There is a national minimum wage set by the Government at irregular intervals. (See National minimum wage)
- There is a statutory contributory pension scheme whereby employees are obliged to open an individual savings account with a private pension fund administrator, into which both the employer and employee contribute. (See Pensions)
- Earned income from employment, after permitted allowances and deductions, is subject to personal income tax. (See Income tax and social security)
- Employees are entitled to up to 12 days of paid sick leave in any calendar year. (See Sick pay)