ALN

Whether you are hiring, retaining, transferring or terminating employees, the navigation of the unique legal complexities of each jurisdiction across Africa requires advisers with experience and the right expertise.

ALN’s multi-jurisdictional know-how on employment issues ranges from everyday business matters to complex employee share ownership schemes and options plans. We advise business enterprises, boards and company management teams on employment contracts and staff policy handbooks, right sizing and restructuring, labour relations and trade unions, employee transfer, employee benefits and issues of recruitment, retention and termination.  Our ability to guide clients through the complexities of employment issues in cross-border M&A transactions in an effective way is a key part of what we do.

At a time where the way employees work has been entirely disrupted, ALN lawyers provide invaluable understanding and guidance for organisations as they navigate the important challenges of remote and flexible working, as well as mental health issues.

As competition for the best talent increases, retention becomes increasingly important. ALN offers commercially focused advice on employment incentives and retention packages such as salary structures, share plans, medical and life cover and pensions, among other benefits, ensuring that when you have the right people, you keep them.

Principal Areas of Practice:

  • Disciplinary proceedings and termination processes
  • Due diligence and strategic planning
  • Employee share options and other incentive schemes (ESOPs)
  • Employment law contracts, policies and compliance
  • Forensics and investigations
  • Immigration
  • Labour relations, collective bargaining agreements (CBAs) and trade union engagement
  • Redundancies and transfer of employees
  • Training

We have a partner who sits on the board of the Employment Law Alliance, the world’s largest network of labour and employment lawyers covering more than 120 countries, and is the Chair of the Africa and Middle East Region.

Representative transactions include advising:

  1. Facebook

    In connection with the legality of their gender identification policy, reviewing employment internal policies and procedures and employment contracts, and providing advice regarding the treatment of its employees in light of the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and regular ongoing advice on multiple issues with respect to engagement of employees.

  2. Google

    In connection with the legality of their global anti-harassment policy, providing advice on diversity data, gender pay and hybrid work model in light of COVID-19 pandemic, and regular ongoing advice on multiple issues with respect to engagement of employees.

  3. British American Tobacco

    In connection with the mandatory Legal & Compliance Audit required under the Code of Corporate Governance Practices for Issuer of Securities to the Public 2015, including auditing the employment practices of BAT.

  1. Aga Khan Health Services and Aga Khan University

    In connection with carrying out the review and amendment of the trust deeds and rules of the Aga Khan Health Services Kenya Staff Pension and Life Assurance Scheme and the Aga Khan University Staff Provident Fund.

  2. Kenya Airways

    In connection with two suits before the Employment and Labour Relations Court brought by the Kenya Aviation Workers Union (KAWU), representing KQ employees.

  3. Tetra Tech ES, a US company working on the Power Africa Project

    In connection with ongoing employment issues including advice on obtaining a business visa, work and residence permits for their foreign employees.

Expertise

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Aviation
Our aviation law practice is well developed to cover commercial, financial and regulatory matters for airlines, aircraft manufacturers, airports, airline service providers, financial institutions and regulators.
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Consumer Products
Our legal experts assist clients in navigating the intricate and complex consumer protection environment in Africa.
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Energy
Access to affordable energy for industry as well as consumers is one of the key rivers of economic and social development in Africa. While historically many countries have relied on fossil fuels as the primary source of energy, increased concerns around climate change and sustainability...
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Food and Agriculture
ALN firms believe that the growth in the agriculture sector has a direct bearing on economic development. Agriculture is key to many economies in Africa, and an essential for domestic food sustainability.
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Financial Institutions
We provide a variety of legal services to financial institutions and investors, including banks, insurance companies, microfinance enterprises, development funds, government entities and financial regulators.
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