The ELA is proud to welcome our newest member firm: LOGOS  in Iceland!
The ELA is proud to welcome our newest member firm: LOGOS  in Iceland!

News

Remote Work and Digital Nomads in Angola

Submitted by Firm:
Miranda Alliance - FFA | Fátima Freitas Associados
Firm Contacts:
Adail Cardoso, Elieser Corte Real, Jayr Fernandes , Nuno Gouveia
Article Type:
Legal Article
Share:

4 Simple Tips About Remote Work & Digital Nomads in Angola:

  1. Understand the Legal Requirements for Remote Work: Familiarize yourself with Angola's legal framework for remote work, especially the guidelines set out in Presidential Decree 52/22. This includes understanding the formal requirements for remote work contracts, employer duties, and employee rights.
  2. Ensure Compliance with Work Visa Regulations for Digital Nomads: If you're a digital nomad not working for a local Angolan entity, ensure you comply with the country's work visa requirements. This is crucial to avoid legal issues and ensure your remote work arrangement in Angola is legitimate.
  3. Be Aware of the Right to Disconnect: Recognize the importance of work-life balance as emphasized by Angola's laws. The right to disconnect is legally supported, ensuring that employees can have personal and family time without work intrusion, which is especially important in remote work settings.
  4. Stay Informed About Future Legal Developments: Keep an eye on upcoming changes in Angola's labor laws, as they are evolving to include specific regimes for teleworking contracts. These changes could have significant implications for remote workers and digital nomads, potentially offering more protections and opportunities.

Remote Work & Digital Nomads in Angola

Welcome to a deep dive into the world of remote work and digital nomadism in Angola, a topic that's gaining traction globally. In this post, we're drawing insights from a recent episode of the Employment Matters podcast, hosted by Nuno Gouveia of Miranda Alliance and featuring Elieser Corte Real of Fátima Freitas Advogados in Angola. Join us as we explore the legal landscape and emerging trends in this dynamic field.

Angola's Legal Framework for Remote Work

In the rapidly evolving landscape of work, Angola has made significant strides in regulating remote work, a concept that has become increasingly relevant in today's global economy. The recent legal developments in the country offer a glimpse into the future of work and how it is being shaped by both technological advancements and legal frameworks.

As of February 17, 2022, Angola stepped into a new era of work culture with the enforcement of Presidential Decree 52/22. Prior to this, the general labor law did not address the concept of remote or telework. This decree has filled a crucial gap in the labor legislation, bringing much-needed clarity and structure to the remote work environment in Angola.

The decree provides a comprehensive definition of teleworking, applicable to entities under the General Labor Law (GLL). It outlines the formal requirements for remote or telework contracts, including the constitution rules, employer's duties, specific rights and duties of employees, guidelines on working hours, and emphasizes equal treatment between in-office employees and teleworkers.

Implementing Remote Work Agreements in Angola

Implementation of remote work in Angola requires a detailed agreement between the employer and employee. This can take the form of a teleworking contract or an agreement integrated into the existing employment contract. The law mandates that these contracts be in written form, ensuring clarity and formal recognition of the terms.

Key elements of a remote work contract include identification of the parties, job description, remuneration details, normal working hours, and the duration of the telework arrangement. It also covers the ownership, installation, maintenance, and cost of work tools, and specifies the workplace establishment or department, along with contact points within the organization.

Rights and Obligations in Remote Work

Rights and Obligations in Remote Work

Angola's teleworking regime is both detailed and developed, reflecting the country's commitment to adapting to new work models. This framework gained additional relevance during the COVID-19 pandemic, demonstrating its flexibility and responsiveness to changing work conditions.

Significantly, the law in Angola allows employees in certain situations to request remote work. This is particularly applicable in cases where an employee's health condition, caregiving responsibilities, or other special needs make remote work a necessity. The law stipulates that remote work should be compatible with the employee's role and the organization's capacity to support it.

Mandatory Remote Work and Employee Rights in Angola

In Angola, the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the absence of specific remote work regulations. However, with the new legal framework, remote work has become a mandatory option for employers in certain situations.

This shift represents a significant development from both a social and labor market perspective, ensuring that employees can request remote work without opposition from employers in specific circumstances. This change signifies a substantial advancement in the Angolan labor market, reflecting a progressive approach to employment relationships in the face of evolving work dynamics.

A crucial aspect of the implementation of remote work in Angola is the provision of technological tools. Employers are obligated to supply the necessary equipment for telework. In cases where this isn’t possible, employees can use their own devices, with the employer adapting to these circumstances.

Additionally, remote work must adhere to normal working hours as laid down in the general labor law. Teleworkers are also responsible for safeguarding sensitive information and passwords to protect employer interests. This aspect emphasizes the importance of data security in remote work settings.

Workers' Compensation and Privacy in Remote Work

The Angolan law is clear on workers' compensation insurance, encompassing rights and duties related to workplace accidents, occupational illnesses, and guaranteed benefits. This clarity is a notable strength of the Angolan system, as such specifics are not always well-defined in other countries’ legislation.

Moreover, the law stipulates that while employers may use systems to ensure work is carried out effectively, employee privacy and information security must be respected. This balance between productivity and privacy is a key aspect of the Angolan remote work law.

A pivotal component of the remote work law in Angola is the right to disconnect. This right ensures that employees can maintain a separation between their work and personal lives, emphasizing the importance of privacy, rest, and relaxation.

Angola's stance on the right to disconnect aligns with trends in Europe and the United States, showcasing the country's progressive approach to work-life balance in the digital age. The law clearly outlines the right to professional disconnection, reaffirming its commitment to the wellbeing of its workforce.

The Future of Remote Working in Angola

Looking ahead, Angola is preparing for new advancements in its remote working legal framework. The upcoming General Labor Law will include a specific regime for teleworking contracts, similar to, yet less detailed than, the current Presidential Decree.

These advancements could potentially attract foreign investment and digital nomads, contributing to the Angolan economy while providing additional protection to employees. This progression marks a significant shift from the pre-2022 era, underlining the importance of evolving labor laws in response to global work trends.

As we conclude this enlightening discussion with Elieser Corte Real, we reflect on the comprehensive insights shared about remote work in Angola. His expertise has shed valuable light on the intricacies of Angola's legal framework and its implications for both employers and employees, particularly in the context of digital nomadism and the right to disconnect.

Connecting with Legal Experts and Additional Resources

Connecting with Legal Experts and Additional Resources

For those interested in further exploring these topics or seeking legal advice, we encourage connecting with Elias. His detailed bio and contact information can be found in the description of this podcast.

Additionally, the Employment Law Alliance offers a wealth of resources and access to a global network of labor and employment lawyers. By visiting the ELA website at ELA.law, listeners can find a lawyer, sign up for upcoming webinars, download white papers, and access a comprehensive online library, including the exclusive Global Employer Handbook.

This episode of Employment Matters, brought to you by the Employment Law Alliance, has provided a deep dive into the transformative world of remote work in Angola. We thank Elieser for his insights and our listeners for tuning in. I'm Nuno Gouveia, your host, reminding you to stay informed and connected as we navigate the ever-changing landscape of employment law worldwide.

Loading...