A meeting was held between the American Chamber of Commerce in Azerbaijan and the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of the Population of Azerbaijan Republic
On January 11, 2022, a meeting was held between the American Chamber of Commerce in Azerbaijan (AmCham Azerbaijan) and the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of the Population of Azerbaijan Republic.
Minister of Labour and Social Protection of the Population of Azerbaijan Republic Mr. Sahil Babayev noted the state’s support to the development of entrepreneurship in all areas, and the growing role of the private sector in the country's economy. The Minister stressed the importance of social partnership with business structures, cooperation in the field of labour and employment based on social dialogue with entrepreneurs.
Mr. Babayev highlighted that special attention was paid to the participation of employers, including representatives of the private sector, in the process of preparing proposals to improve the labour legislation in accordance with the new challenges in the labour market and modern requirements. The minister also mentioned that a positive experience of cooperation in this area has been formed, and regular meetings and discussions are held between the members of the Chamber and the ministry.
President of AmCham Azerbaijan, Mr. Nuran Karimov emphasized that the Chamber is closely following the reforms in the field of labor, employment, social protection and social security. Mr. Kerimov also stressed the importance of such meetings in creating opportunity for AmCham private sector representatives to exchange views and information on labor market reforms and present their proposals and recommendations.
The meeting featured a number of proposals brought forward by the Chamber within the recent White Paper, including amendments to the legislation on the performance of labour functions at home and remote work, and legal regulation of labour relations in this form of work.
With regards to the mentioned proposal, it was stated that the new draft law on amendments to the Labor Code provides for "remote work" on the basis of electronic, software-technical, telecommunication means of labor functions in other places located outside the employer's workplaces, such as at home, in a hotel, etc. the form of implementation is envisaged.
The project also reflects a proposal to define additional conditions of working conditions in the employment contract by mutual consent of the parties in connection with the performance of labor functions in the form of remote work. In addition, discussions on the formulation of legal regulations in labour relations related to remote work, improvement of the rules of sending employees on business trips, and etc. proposed by the Chamber were held.
Furthermore, during the meeting, it was agreed to establish a working group between the parties to discuss and implement changes in the labor legislation in the near future, including the relevant recommendations submitted within the framework of the White Paper.
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BFI AND CSR COMMITTEES` JOINT MEETING
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