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Name: Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment Act (No. 21 of 1985).
Country: Sri Lanka
Subject(s): Migrant workers
Type of legislation: Law, Act
Adopted on: 1985-06-07
Entry into force:
Published on: Official Gazette, 1985-06-07, Vol. 11, 28 pp.
ISN: LKA-1985-L-37396
Bibliography: Official Gazette, 1985-06-07, Vol. 11, 28 pp.
Labour Code of Sri Lanka, 2004, Labour Legislation (in force on 31 December 2002), Ministry of Employment and Labour, Colombo, Sri Lanka, pp. 585-603
Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment Act, 1985-06-07, Parliament of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, Department of Government Printing, 28 pp.
Sri Lanaka Bureau of Foreign Employment Sri Lanaka Bureau of Foreign Employment, Sri Lanka PDF PDF (consulted on 2011-02-28)
Abstract/Citation: This Act regulates the recruitment of Sri Lankans for employment outside Sri Lanka. Establishes the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment whose main functions include the promotion of exportation of manpower as well as the protection and providing of assistance to potential, actual and former expatriate workers. The Act imposes a license requirement on all foreign employment agencies, under the supervision of the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment and determines the conditions and modalities for obtaining such a license. In particular, the Bureau is charged with the training and orientation of Sri Lankans prior to departure for employment abroad. The Bureau is also required to maintain and finance a Welfare Fund specifically designated to cover, inter alia, expenses incurred for the rehabilitation of return migrants. An Information Data Bank, containing information on Sri Lankans employed outside and returning to Sri Lanka, is to be set up and maintained by the Bureau. Offences against the Act are criminally sanctioned.
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