Sri Lanka Bureau Of Foreign Employment
Sri lanka Bureau Of Foreign Employment
Act No 21 of 1985
AN ACT TO PROVIDE FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE SRI LANKA BUREAU OF FOREIGN EMPLOYMENT AND TO REGULATE ITS POWERS ANDDUTIES
TO REPEAL THE FOREIGN EMPLOYMENT AGENCY ACT, No. 32 OF 1980 AND TO PROVIDE FOR MATTERSCONNECTEDTHEREWITHORINCIDETAL
BE it enacted by the Parliament of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka as follows:
21 of 1985[ 7th June , 1985 ]
4 of 1994 [ 23rd February , 1994 ]
[7th June , 1985 ]
Short title and date of operation.
1.This Act may be cited as the Sri Lanka Bureau of foreign Employment Act, No. 21 of1985,andshallcomeinto
operation on such date (hereinafter referred to as the "appointed date") as the Minister may appoint byOrderpublishedin
Application of this Act.
2.The provisions of this Act shall apply to the recruitment of Sri Lankans for employment outside Sri Lanka by aprivate
sector undertaking or a public corporation.
ESTABLISHMENT OF THE SRI LANKA BUREAU OF FOREIGN EMPLOYMENT
Establishment of the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment.
3.(1) There shall be establishedaBureauwhichshallhecalledtheSriLankaBureauofForeignEmployment
(hereinafter referred to as the "Bureau").
(2) The Bureau shall, by the name assigned to it by subsection(1),beabodycorporateandshallhaveperpetual
succession and a common seal and may sue and be sued in such name.
Members of the Bureau.
4. The members of the Board of Directors of the Bureau shall be the members of the Bureau.
Board of Directors.
5.(1) The Bureau shall have a Board of Directors (hereinafter referred to as the" Board ") consisting of thefollowing
(a) one member appointed by the Minister in consultation with the Minister in charge of the subject of Finance
(b) one member appointed by the Minister in consultation with the MinisterinchargeofthesubjectofForeign
(c) one female member appointed by the Minister in consultation withtheMinisterinchargeofthesubjectof
(d) eight other members appointed by 'the Minister of whomfourshallberepresentativesofforeignemployment
agencies licensed under this Act.
(2) A person shall be disqualified from being appointed or continuing as a Director if he is a Member of Parliament.
(3) Every Director shall hold office for a period of two years unless he earlier resigns, dies or is removed from office.
(4) A Director may resign his office by letter addressed to the Minister.
(5) A Director vacating his office by resignation or by the expiration of his term of officeshallbeeligibleforre-
(6) (a) The Minister may, without assigning a reason remove any Director from office.
(b) A Director who has been removed from office shall not be eligible for re-appointment as a Directorortoserve
the Bureau in any other capacity.
(7) (a) If a Director vacates his office otherwise than by the expiration of his term of office the Minister may,having
regard to the provisions of subsection (1), appoint any other person to be a Director in place of the Directorwhoso
(b) Any Director appointed under paragraph (a), shall,unlessheearliervacatesoffice,holdofficeforthe
unexpired period of the term of office of his predecessor.
(8) Where a Director becomes, by reason of illness or other infirmity, or absence fromSriLankatemporarilyunableto
perform the duties of his office, the Minister may appoint a fitpersontoactinhisplacefortheperiodofsuch
incapacity or absence.
Remuneration of members of the Bureau.
6.The members of the Bureau shall be remunerated In such manner and at such rates as may be determinedbytheMinister
with the concurrence of the Minister in charge of the subject of Finance.
Members of the Bureau to disclose interest in contract proposed to be made by the Bureau.
7. A Director who is in any way directly or indirectly interested in any contract made or proposed tobemadeby
the Bureau shall disclose the nature of his interest at a meeting of the Board. Thedisclosureshallberecordedinthe
minutes of the Board, and such Director shall not take part in any deliberation or decision (If theBoardwithrespectto
Provided, that, the interest which any Director of the Bureau may have in a contract by virtue of his being an officerofa
Government department or a public corporation, or a Director of a public corporation, shall be deemed not to beaninterest
within the meaning of this section.
Quorum for meeting of the Board and regulations of procedure
8 .The quorum for any meeting of the Board shall be five members. Subject to the provisions of this Act,theBoardmay
regulate its own procedure in regard to meetings of such Board and the transaction of business. at such meetings.
Validity of acts or proceedings of the Board.
9.No act or proceeding of the Board shall be deemed invalid by reason only of the existenceofanyvacancyamongthe
Directors or any defect in the appointment of my Director thereof.
Members of the Board to administer the affairs of the Bureau.
10. The Board shall administer the affairs of the Bureau and may for such purpose exercise and perform. all the powersand
duties of the Bureau.
Delegation of powers and duties of the Board.
11. (1) The Board may delegate to the Chairman, a Director or an employee of the Bureau any of its powers anddutiesas
may be necessary for the efficient administration of the affairs of the Bureau.
(2) Every person to whom. any power or duty is delegated under subsection (1), shall exerciseorperformsuchpoweror
duty subject to the general or special directions of the Board.
Chairman of the Board.
12. (1) The Minister shall appoint the Chairman of the Board from among the Directors.
(2) If the Chairman of the Board of Directors is, by reason of illness orotherinfirmityorabsencefromSriLanka,
temporarily unable to perform the duties of his office, the Minister may appoint one other Directors to act in his place.
(3) The Chairman shall preside at all meetings of the Board. In the absence of the Chairman at any meetingoftheBoard,
the Directors present Shall choose one of their number to preside at such meeting.
(4) The Chairman may resign the office of Chairman by letter addressed to the Minister.
(5) The Minister may, without assigning a reason, terminate the appointment of the Chairman.
(6) Subject to the provisions of subsections (4) and (5), the term of office of the Chairman shall betheperiodofhis
office as a member of the Board.
(7) The chairman of any meeting of the Board shall, in addition to his own vote, have a casting vote.
Seal of the Bureau.
13. (1) The seal of the Bureau shall be in the custody of the Board or any officeroftheBureauauthorizedinthat
behalf by such Board.
(2) The seal of the Bureau may be altered in such manner as may be determined by the Board.
(3) The seal of the Bureau shall not be affixed to any instrument or document except in the presence oftwoDirectorsor
where two Directors are not available, by one Director and an officer authorized specially for suchpurposebytheBoard.
Such Directors and officer as the case may be, shall sign the instrument or document in token of their presence.
Power of the Minister in relation to the Bureau.
14. (1) The Minister may give to the Bureau directions in writing as to the performance of the dutiesandtheexercise
of the powers of the Bureau, and the Bureau shall give effect to such directions.
(2) The Minister from time to time, may in writing direct the Board to furnish to him, in suchformashemayrequire,
returns, accounts and other information with respect to the property and business of the Bureau andtheBoardshallcarry
out every such direction.
(3) The Minister may from time to time, order all or any of the activities of the Bureau to beinvestigatedandreported
upon by such person or persons as he may specify, anduponsuchorderbeingmade,theBureaushallaffordallsuch
facilities and furnish all such information, to the said person or persons as may be necessary to carry out the order.
Objects of the Bureau.
15. The objects of the Bureau shall be
(a) to promote and develop employment opportunities outside Sri Lanka, for Sri Lankans
(b) to assist and support foreign employment agencies in their growth and development
(c)to undertake measures to develop overseas markets for skills available in Sri Lanka
(d) to assist licences in the negotiation of terms and conditions of employment with agencies abroad
(e) to regulate the business of foreign employment agencies and. recruit Sri Lankans for employment outside Sri Lanka
(f) to issue licences to foreign employment agencies for conducting the business of recruitment for employment outsideSri
Lanka and to determine the terms and conditions of such licences
(g) to set standards for and to negotiate contracts of employment
(h) to enter into agreements with relevant foreign authorities, employers and employment agencies. inordertoformalize
(i) to formulate and implement a model contract of employment which ensures fair wages and standards of employment
(j) to examine the authenticity of documentation issued to Sri Lankan recruits going abroad for employment
(k) to undertake research and studies into employment opportunities outside Sri Lanka, for Sri Lankans
(l) to establish and maintain an Information Data Bank to monitor the flow of Sri Lankans for employment outside SriLanka
and their return after such employment
(m) to undertake the welfare and protection of Sri Lankans employed outside Sri Lanka
(n) to establish a Workers' Welfare Fund
(o) to undertake in collaboration with licensees, the training and orientation of SriLankanrecruitsgoingabroadfor
(p) to provide assistance to Sri Lankan recruits going abroad for employment
(q) to receive donations and contributions from SriLankansemployedoutsideSriLankaandusesuchdonationsand
contributions for the rehabilitation. guidance and counseling of, and the provision of informationandassistanceto,the
families of such Sri Lankans
(r) to undertake investments on behalf of Sri Lankan employed outside Sri Lanka
(s) to undertake programmes for the rehabilitation of Sri Lankans who return to SriLankaafteremploymentoutsideSri
General powers of the Bureau
16. (1) The Bureau shall have power to do anything necessary for, or conducive or incidental to, the carrying out ofits
(2) Without prejudice to the generality of the powers conferred by subsection (1), the Bureau shall have power
(a) to invest such amount of money belonging to the Bureau as are not immediately required for thepurposeofthis
Act in such shares, securities or deposits as the Board may consider fit and to sell such shares and securities
(b) to acquire in any manner whatsoever and hold. take or give on lease or hire, mortgage. pledge, sell Ofotherwise
dispose of, any movable or immovable property
(c) to enter into and perform, either directly or indirectly through any officer or agent oftheBureau,allsuch
contracts or agreements as may be necessary, for the exercise of the powers of the Bureau and the carrying outofthe
objects of the Bureau
(d) to borrow money from any source whatsoever for the purposes of the Bureau, in such manner and upon suchsecurity
as the Bureau may, with the approval of the Minister, given with the concurrence of the.Ministerinchargeofthe
subject of Finance determine
(e) appoint, terminate the employment of, remunerate and control, its officers, servants, and representatives andto
direct and decide all matters connected with the administration of its affairs
(f) to make rules in respect of the administration of the affairs of the Bureau
(g) to formulate schemes to give effect to the objects of the Bureau
(h) lay down procedures for the receipt and distribution of requests from employers outside SriLankaforservices
of Sri Lankans, among licensees
(i) to invest such moneys as are remitted to the Bureau by Sri Lankansemployedabroad,ininvestmentsoftheir
THE FUND OF THE BUREAU
The Fund of the Bureau.
17. (1) There shall be a Fund of the Bureau (hereinafter referred to as the "Fund").
(2) There shall be paid into the Fund
(a) any funds provided to the Bureau by the Government by way of grant, loan or otherwise
(b) the proceeds of any cess levied and collected under this Act
(c) all sums received by the Bureau by way of fees and charges
(d) all sums received by the Bureau as income from any investments made by the Bureauand
(e) all sums received by the Bureau in the exercise, performance and discharge of its powers, duties and functions.
(3) There shall be paid out of the Fund
(a) the remuneration payable to the Directors
(b) the salaries payable to officers, servants and employees of the Bureau
(c) any allowances payable to representatives of the Bureauand
(d) ell sums required to defray any expenditure incurred by the Bureau in the exercise, performance and dischargeof
its powers, duties and functions.
Audit of Accounts.
18. (1) The financial year of the Bureau shall be the calendar year.
(2) The Bureau shall cause to be prepared in respect of each financialyearastatementofreceiptsandpayments,a
statement of income and expenditure, a statement of assets and liabilities and a statement of investmentsshowingtheface
value, purchase price, and market value of each of the investments. A copy of each ofthestatementspreparedunderthis
subsection shall be transmitted to the Minister ,before the thirtieth day of September of the succeeding year.
(3) Article 154 of the Constitution relating to the audit of accounts of public corporations shall apply totheauditof
accounts of the Bureau.
Report to be tabled in Parliament.
19. The Bureau shall annually prepare a report of the work of the Bureau and forward such report before theLapseofthe
year succeeding the year to which such report relates, to the Minister who shall table such report in Parliament.
PROMOTION AND DEVELOPMENT
Promotion and development of employment outside Sri Lanka.
20. (1) In order to promote and develop employment opportunities outside Sri Lanka,forSriLankans,theBureaumay
enter into agreements
(a) with foreign Governments, with the approval of the Minister, givenwiththeconcurrenceoftheMinisterin
charge of the subject of Foreign Affairs
(b) with foreign employers and agencies.
(2) The Bureau shall undertake a programme of diversificationofemploymentopportunitiesoutsideSriLankaforSri
(3) The Bureau shall have the power to support and assist licensees in their promotionalactivities,andsponsorvisits
abroad by the representatives of such licensees.
Representatives of the Bureau.
21. T he Bureau may, with the approval of 'the Minister, given with the concurrence of the Minister in charge of thesubject
of Foreign Affairs appoint one or more persons to be the representatives of the Bureau in any foreign country inwhichjobs
are available for expatriates. Such representatives may be citizens of Sri Lanka or nationals of suchcountryandresident
Duties of representatives of the Bureau.
22. The persons appointed by the Bureau as its representatives in a foreign country shall
(a) be responsible for the promotion of employment of Sri Lankans in that country
(b) be responsible for the welfare of Sri Lankans employed in that country
(c) be responsible for safeguarding the interests of Sri Lankansemployedinthatcountryincludingthesettlementof
disputes with employers
(d) attend to complaints of Sri Lankans employed in that country and find suitable remedies therefor or makerecommendations
to the Bureau in respect of such remedies
(e) send such periodical reports as may be required by the Bureau.
23. The Bureau shall have the power to undertake Jointventuresinassociationwithpubliccorporationsandprivate
ventures sector undertakings in order to ensure that Sri Lankans are found employment outside Sri Lanka.
REGULATION OF LICENSED FOREIGN EMPLOYMENT AGENCIES
Foreign employment agencies to be licensed.
24(1) A person other than the Bureau shall not carry on the business of a foreign employment agency unlessheisthe
holder of a licence issued under this Act and otherwise than in accordance with the terms and conditions of that licence.
(2) A person who, on the appointed date, is carrying on the business of a foreign employment agency on the authorityofa
licence issued under the Foreign Employment Agency Act, No. 32 of 1980, may continuetocarryonsuchbusinessuntilthe
expiry of such licence as though such licence was issued under this Act.
Bureau to carry on business of foreign employment agency .
25. The Bureau may carry on the business of a foreign employment agency and charge fees for any servicesrenderedbythe
Application for a licence.
26. (1) Every application for a licence shall bemadetotheBureauinwritingandshallcontainthefollowing
(a) the full name and address of the applicant
(b) whether the applicant is an individual, a firm, a company or a public corporation
(c)if the applicant
(i) is an individual, whether he is a citizen of Sri Lanka
(ii) is a firm, whether the partners or the firm are citizens of Sri Lanka
(iii) is a company, whether the majority of the shares in the capital of the company is held by citizensofSri
(d) if the applicant is a firm or company, the full name and address of the persons to be in charge of the business
(e) whether the applicant, if an individual, is a person of good repute
(f)where the applicant is a firm or a company whether the person to be in charge of the businessisapersonof
(g) the address of the premises in which the businessistobecarriedontogetherwithitsfloorareaand
facilities available in those premises.
(2) The particulars contained in paragraph (e) or paragraph (f), of subsection(1),shallbesupportedbytworecent
testimonials as to the character and reputation of the applicant or the person to be in charge of the business, asthecase
Conditions for grant of licence.
27.A licence to carry on the business of a foreign employmentagencyshallnotbegrantedunless-(a)the
(i) if an individual, is a citizen of Sri Lanka
(ii) if a firm, is a firm all the partners of which are citizens of Sri Lankaor
(iii) if a company, is a company the majority of the shares of which is held by citizens of Sri Lanka, and
(b) the applicant, if an individual. or in the case of a firmorcompany,thepersontobeinchargeofthe
business, is a person of good repute
(c)the premises in which the business is to be carried on are suitable, 'having regard tothelocalityinwhich
the premises are situated, the size of the premises and the facilities in those premises
(d)the applicant has paid the pr scribed fee for the issue of the licenceand
(e)the applicant has complied with the requirements of section 28.
Applicant to comply with directions issued by the Bureau before issue of the licence.
28. (1) Before the issue of a licence under. this Act the Bureau shall direct the applicant
(a) to enter into an agreement with the Bureau (b)
(i) to carry on the business in a morally irreproachable manner, and
(ii) to take all steps as are reasonably possible to ensure that the terms and conditions of any contract of employment
between a foreign employer and a. person recruited for employment under such employer by the applicant, are observed by
(b) to enter into a bond with the Bureau with two sureties in such sum not less than one hundred thousand rupees,as
may be determined by the Bureau for the satisfaction of claims which might arise in connection with the business or any
con. tract of employment referred to in paragraph (a)
(c) to furnish a Bank guarantee to the satisfaction of the Bureau in such sum notlessthanonehundredthousand
rupees as may be determined by the Bureau, to be in force for a period of twenty-four consecutive months from thedate
of issue of a licence for the satisfaction of any claims which might arise inconnectionwiththebusinessorany
contract of employment referred to in paragraph(a) and
(d) to pay the prescribed fee for the licence.
(2) The Bureau may exempt a public corporation applying for a licence from the requirementsspecifiedinparagraphs(b)
and (c) of subsection (1) of this section.
(3) Where the applicant fails to comply with the directions issued under subsection (1), the Bureau shall refusetogrant
such applicant a licence.
Form and duration of licence
29. Every licence shall
(a)be in the prescribed formand
(b)unless it is cancelled earlier, be in force for a period of twelve months from the date of its issue.
Renewal of licence.
30. A licence may be renewed by the Bureau for a period or periods not exceeding one year at a time on application madeto
the Bureau not less than thirty days before the expiry of the licence, if,
(a) the Bureau is satisfied that: the licensee has observed the provisions of this Act and any regulation madethereunder,
and any agreement or bond entered into by the licensee under this Act and has not been convicted of anyoffenceunderthis
Act or any regulation made thereunder and has complied with any direction given under this Actand
(b)the licensee pays the prescribed fee for the renewal of the licence.
Cancellation of a licence.
31. (1) The Bureau may cancel a licence issued under this Act if it is satisfied that the licensee
(i) has contravened any of the provisions of this Act or of any regulation made thereunder orofanyagreementor
bond entered into by the licensee under this Act
(ii)has been convicted of an offence under this Act or any regulation made thereunder
(iii)has not complied with any directions issued by the Bureau to the licensee under section 42 or section 43
(iv)has failed to pay any cess he is required to pay under this Act
(v) failed to pay any person, any sum he has been directed to pay by the Bureau under section 44 or
(vi)has furnished in any application or in any return or in any written information or writtenexplanationsentby
the licensee under this Act, any particulars which to the knowledge of the licensee are false or incorrect.
(2) The cancellation of a licence under subsection (1) shall not take effect untilthetimeforappealingagainstthe
decision of the Bureau has expired or if an appeal has been made within time unless and until the appeal is disallowed.
Bureau shall communicate its decision to applicant or licensee together with its reasons therefor.
32. Where the Bureau decides to refuse the grant or the renewal of a licence or tocancelalicence,theBureaushall
communicate to the applicant or the licensee, as the case may be, its decision with the reasons therefor.
33. (1) The applicant or licencee, as the case may be, who is aggrieved 'by a decision of the Bureau
(a) refusing the grant or the renewal of licenceor
(b) cancelling his licence
may appeal against the decision to the Secretary to the Ministry of the Minister within fourteen days of thedateonwhich
the decision is communicated to him.
(2)Such Secretary may on any appeal under sub section (1)
(a) allow the appeal and direct the Bureau to grant or renew a licenceor
(b) disallow the appeal.
(3) The Bureau shall comply with any direction issued to it under subsection (2).
Licensee not to charge any fee.
34. A licensee shall not charge any fee, otherwise than as provided in section 51 for providing or securing employmentfor
any person in any country outside Sri Lanka.
Display of licence.
35. The licensee shall display prominently in the premises in which the business is carriedon,thelicencegrantedto
Licensee to inform Bureau of any change of particulars.
36. (1) A licensee shall within thirty days of any change in the particulars stated in hisapplicationforalicence,
inform the Bureau in writing of the change.
(2) Nothing in subsection (1) shall authorize the licensee to carry on any business otherwise than in accordancewiththe
terms and conditions of the licence.
No action regarding recruitment to be taken without the approval of the Bureau
37. (1) A licensee shall not issue any advertisement or notice callingforapplicationsfrompersonsforemployment
outside Sri Lanka or take any other action in connection with, or incidental to, such employment without thepriorapproval
in writing of the Bureau.
(2) For the purpose of obtaining the approval of the Bureau under subsection (1), the licensee shall submit totheBureau
the following particulars:
(a)the name and address of the prospective employer outside Sri Lanka
(b) a copy of the contract or agreement entered into by the licensee and theforeignemployerforrecruitmentof
(c) the nature of employment for which persons are to be recruited
(d) the terms and conditions of employment including those relating to wages, holidays, hoursofworkandpassage
from, and to, Sri Lanka offered by the employer to the persons to be recruited for employment outside Sri Lankaand
(e) such further particulars as may be prescribed.
(3) Where the particulars submitted under subsection (2)areinsufficient,theBureaumaycallforsuchadditional
particulars as it may consider necessary.
(4) The Bureau may refuse to grant approval under subsection (1) in any case where it is satisfied that the natureofthe
employment for which persons are to be recruited is degrading or inhuman or that the terms and conditions of suchemployment
are unreasonable having regard to the average standards of employment of persons.
(5) The Bureau shall not disclose to any person other than the officers of the Bureau for the purposes of the dischargeof
their functions under this Act, or to any court of law, any information submittedtoitundersubsections(2)and(3),
except with the consent of the licensee.
Authorized officer may be present at interview of persons for recruitment for employment outside Sri Lanka.
38. An officer authorized in writing for the purpose by the Bureau may be present at any interview for therecruitmentof
persons for employment outside Sri Lanka, held in pursuance of an approval granted undersection37,forthepurposeof
ensuring conformity with the provisions of this Act or any regulation made thereunder anditshallbethedutyofsuch
licensee to afford all facilities to such officer to be so present.
Grounds on which approval may not be granted..
39. (1) The Bureau may refuse to grant approval under section 37 for the recruitment of any class or category ofpersons
for employment outside Sri Lanka.
(i) if in its opinion
(a) the terms and conditions of employment offered to them are not satisfactoryor
(b) such persons would be exposed to serious risk to life by reason of any civil war, civilcommotionorpolitical
disturbances in the country in which they are to be employed
(ii)if the employment offered is not regulated by law in the country in which such employment is offered.
(2) A licensee who is aggrieved by a decisionoftheBureaurefusingtograntapprovalundersection37forthe
recruitment of any class or category of persons for employment outside Sri Lanka may, within fourteen clays ofthedateon
which such decision is communicated to him, appeal against such decision to the Secretary to the Ministry of the Minister.
(3)Such Secretary may, on any appeal made under subsection (2) ,
(a) allow the appeal and direct the Bureau to approve the recruitment of the class Or categoryofpersonstowhom
the appeal relatesor
(b) disallow the appeal.
(4) The Bureau shall comply with any direction issued to it under subsection (3).
Contract or employment..
40. (1) The contract of employment between the employer abroad and the person recruited for employment bysuchemployer
shall, before it is signed by such employer or his agent and such person, be read and explained to such person in alanguage
that he understands.
(2) Two copies of the contract referred to in subsection (1) shall as soon as the contract is signed, be forwardedtothe
Bureau by the licensee or such agent to" be certified by such Bureau, prior to the departure from Sri Lanka,oftheperson
recruited for employment.
(3) As soon as the Bureau certifies the copies of such contract under the provisions of subsection (2),theBureaushall
inform such licensee or agent of the same and shall forward for registration, one copy of such contract totheMinistryof
Labour of the country in which the contract of employment is to be performed.
Maintenance of records.
41. Every licensee shall maintain such records as may be prescribed.
42. (1) The Bureau may at any time by written directions require a licensee to send beforethedatespecifiedinany
(a) a return containing such particulars as it may require inrelationtothebusinessofforeignemploymentagency
carried on by the licensee
(b) evidence of remittance to a bank in Sri Lanka, of the commission paid or payable by the employer onwhosebehalfthe
licensee recruits any person for employment outside Sri Lankaand
(c) such written information or written explanation as the Bureau may require in respect of any particulars statedinany
return sent by the licensee.
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(d) such documents as it may require in relation to the business of foreign employment agency carried on by the licensee.
(2) The licensee to whom a direction under subsection (1) is issued shall comply with such direction withinsuchtimeas
shall be specified in the direction.
Directions of the Bureau.
43. The Bureau may issue to a licensee such directions as it may think necessary for the purposeofmakingthelicensee
comply with the provisions of this Act and any regulation made thereunder and any licensee towhomanysuchdirectionis
issued shall comply with such direction within such time as shall be specified in the direction.
Inquiry into complaints made by persons recruited for employment outside Sri Lanka.
44. (1) Where the Bureau receives a complaint from, or on behalf of, any personrecruitedforemploymentoutsideSri
Lanka or employed outside Sri Lanka, or a report from any of its representatives abroad
(a) that the terms and conditions imposed on any employer by the contract of employment in relationtothatperson
have not been observed by that employerand
(b) that the licensee who recruited him for employment outside Sri Lanka has, inbreachoftheagreemententered
into by the licensee with the Bureau under section 28 (1) (a) failed to take such steps as are reasonablypossibleto
ensure that those terms and conditions are observed by the employer,
an officer authorized by the Bureau shall, if he finds, after such inquiry as he may deem necessarythatthematters
set out in such complaint or report are proved, make an award directing the licensee to pay suchpersonsuchsumof
money as may be determined by him to be sufficient to defray the cost of unpaid wages, paymentsinlieuofholiday,
leave and terminal benefits due to such person and other expenses including the cost of passage to Sri Lanka,incurred
by such person as a result of the breach of those conditions by .the employer.
(2) The officer referred to in subsection (1) shall, for the purpose of holding an inquiry under subsection(1)havethe
(a) to require the licensee and the complainant to be present for interrogation in regard to the complaint orreport
which is the subject of the inquiry
(b) to require the licensee and the complainant to produce such documentsashemayconsidernecessaryforthe
purposes of the inquiryand
(c) to require any person to give evidence on oath or otherwise before him.
(3) The officer referred to in subsection (1) shall, at any inquiry held under that subsection, give thepartiesaffected
an opportunity to be heard.
(4) Any sum of money that the officer referred to in subsection (1) may direct a licensee to pay to any personunderthat
subsection shall be recoverable by that person or by the Bureau on his behalf by an action instituted in theDistrictCourt
within the administrative limits of which, the place at which the licensee has been licensed to carry on thebusinessofa
foreign employment agency is situated, by way of summary procedure. The provisions of the Civil ProcedureCoderelatingto
actions of which the procedure is summary shall apply to an action under this subsection.
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' (5) For the purpose of this section " licensee", includes a person to whom a licence has been issued under thisAct,
whether or not such licence is in force on the date on which a complaint is made, or an inquiry isheld,oranactionis
instituted or continued, against such person, under this section.'.
WORKERS WELFARE FUND
Workers Welfare Fund.
45. (1) The Bureau shall, for the benefit of Sri Lankans employed outside Sri LankaestablishaWorkersWelfareFund
(hereinafter referred to as the "Welfare Fund").
(2) There shall be payable into .the Welfare Fund
(a) all donations and contributions received from Sri Lankans employed outside Sri Lanka
(b) all donations and contributions received from foreign employers and licensees
(c) donations and contributions received from any source other than those specified in paragraphs (a) and (b)
(d) such sums of money as may be transferred to the Welfare Fund by the Bureau.
Moneys payable into Welfare Fund to be lodged with the bank.
46. All moneys received by the Bureau and payable into the Welfare Fund shall be lodged with an approved bank and shallbe
credited to an account entitled the "Workers' Welfare Fund Account".
In this section "approved bank" means a bank specified by the Minister with the concurrence of the Minister in charge ofthe
subject of Finance, by Order published in the Gazette, as a bank in which the moneys payable into theWelfareFundmaybe
Power to invest any moneys of the Fund.
47. Any moneys of the Welfare Fund may be invested by the Bureau in any investment approved by the Minister.
Application of the Fund.
48. (1) There shall be paid out of the Welfare Fund by the Bureau
(a) all expenses incurred by the Bureau in the implementationofrehabilitationprogrammesforSriLankanswho
return to Sri Lanka after employment outside Sri Lanka
(b) all expenses incurred by the Bureau in providingguidanceandinformationtothefamiliesofSriLankans
employed outside Sri Lanka
(c) all expenses incurred in training and orientation of Sri Lankans recruited for employment outside Sri Lanka
(d) all expenses incurred in providing assistance to Sri Lankans employed outside Sri Lanka and their families.
(2)No payment shall be made out of the Welfare Fund except on the authority of a resolution of the Bureau.
Orders cheques & c. for payment out of the Fund.
49. All orders or cheques for the payment of moneys out of the account of the Welfare Fund shall be signed by theChairman
or a Director authorized by him to sign on his behalf and one other officer from among the officers speciallyauthorizedby
the Bureau for that purpose, and the bank in which the moneys of the account of the Welfare Fund are depositedmaypayall
orders or cheques against the said account which are so signed.
Statement of receipts, disbursements, & c. on account of the Welfare Fund.
50. At each meeting of the Board the Chairman shall submit to the Boardastatementofreceiptsanddisbursementson
account of the Welfare Fund.
PAYMENTS AND CESS
Payment by recruits.
51. [ 4,21 of 1985]
(1) Every person who is recruited for employment outside Sri Lanka shall pay the Bureau such sum as maybedeterminedby
the Minister, by Order published in the Gazette, for the category under which such employment fails. Differentsumsmaybe
determined by the Minister in respect of different categories ofemployment,havingregardtotheskillsrequiredfor
employment in that category and other relevant circumstances.
(2) Every person who is recruited for employment out side Sri Lanka shall prior to his departure fromSriLankapaythe
Bureau a sum of two hundred rupee-J being payment for facilities provided by the Bureau.
(3)Payments shall be made to the Bureau through any bank approved by the Bureau.
[ 4,21 of 1985]
(4) Where a licensee has provided or secured employment for any person outside Sri Lanka the Bureau shall, pay outofthe
sum paid to it by such person under subsection (1)
(a)an amount equivalent to seventy per centum of such sum to such licensee and
(b) an amount equivalent to ten per centum of such sum to the Workers Welfare Fund, established under section 45,
and shall retain the balance .
(5) Where the Bureau is satisfied after inquiry that a recruit is unable to make payment in full of the sum he isrequired
to pay under subsection (1), the Bureau shall make arrangements for such recruit to make the payment ininstalmentsthrough
any bank approved by the Bureau.
(6) The Minister may make regulations in regard to the procedure for payments to the
Bureau by a bank.
52. (1) There shall be charged and levied on every licensee, a cess calculated at the rate of five percentumofevery
commission received by him in respect of the recruitment of any person for employment outside Sri Lanka,
(2) Every licensee shall furnish to the Bureau, before the fifteenth day ofeverymonth,areturnofthecommissions
received by him in the previous month in respect of recruitment of persons for employment outside Sri Lanka.
(3) Every licensee shall pay to the Bureau, the cess it is ,1iable to payunderthissection,withinthreemonthsof
receiving the commission in respect of which the cess is levied.
(4) The assessment, collection and recovery of the cess levied and charged under this section shall be as prescribed.
INFORMATION DATA BANK
Information Data Bank.
53. (1) The Bureau shall maintain an Information Date Bank in respect of Sri Lankans employed outside Sri Lankaandwho
return on completion of such employment.
(2) Every licencee shall furnish to the Bureau, prescribed information in respect of Sri Lankans who are recruited bysuch
licensee for employment outside Sri Lanka.
(3) Every Sri Lankan leaving for employment outside Sri Lanka, shall, prior to such leaving register with the Bureau.
ASSOCIATION OF LICENSED FOREIGN EMPLOYMENT AGENCIES
Constitution of Association of Licensed Foreign Employment Agencies.
54. (1) The Minister shall, as soon as may be after the appointed date, by Order published in the Gazette constitutethe
Association of Licensed Foreign Employment Agencies (hereinafter referred to as the" Association ") .
(2) The Association constituted under subsection (1), shall be a body corporate withperpetualsuccessionandacommon
seal and may sue and be sued by such name as is assigned to it by the Order constituting such Association.
(3) Every licensee shall become a member of the Association.
Functions of the Association.
55.The functions of the Association shall be
(a)to resolve disputes and licenseesdisagreements between licensees.
(b) to make recommendations to the Bureau in regard to the promotion and regulation of employment outside Sri Lanka
(c) to advise on, and assist in, the promotion .of employment opportunities for Sri Lankans outside Sri Lanka
(d) to formulate a code of good conduct for licensees and to ensure its enforcement
(e) to make representations to the Bureau and to the Minister on matters relating to the recruitmentofSriLankansfor
employment outside Sri Lanka.
Management of affairs of the Association. [ 5,21 of 1985]
56. (1) The affairs of the Association shall be administered by an Executive Committee of the Associationconsistingof
the President, Vice-President, Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Treasurer and four other members electedinthatbehalfby
the members of the Association from among themselves.
(2) The term of office of the Executive Committee of the Association shall be one year.
General powers of the Association,
57. Subject to the provisions of this Act and any other written law, the Executive Committee of the Association, shall,on
behalf of the Association, have the power to do, perform and execute all such acts, matters and.thingswhatsoeverasare
necessary or desirable for the performance of the functions of the Association.
Procedure & c. of the Association .
58. Regulations may be made under this Act in regard to the procedure for the election of the Executive Committeeof
the Association and in respect of the convening of meetings of the Association anditsExecutiveCommitteeandthe
transaction of business thereat. Subject to any such regulations, theAssociationandtheExecutiveCommitteemay
regulate its own procedure.
STAFF OF THE BUREAU
Appointment of officers and servants.
59. (1) The Bureau may appoint such officers and servants as it considers necessary for the effic ient dischargeofits
(2) The officers and servants appointed under subsection (1) shall be remunerated in such mannerandatsuchratesand
shall be subject to such conditions of service as may be determined by the Bureau.
(3) At the request of the Bureau, any officer in the publicservicemay,withtheconsentofthatofficerandthe
Secretary to the Ministry of the Minister in charge of the subject of Public Administration, be temporarily appointed tothe
staff of the Bureau for such period as may be determined by the Bureau with like consent,orbepermanentlyappointedto
(4) Where any officer in the public service is temporarily appointedtothestaffoftheBureau,theprovisionsof
subsection (2) of section 13 of the Transport Board Law, No. 19 of 1978, shall mutatis mutandis, apply to,andinrelation
(5) Where any officer in the public service is permanently appointedtothestaffoftheBureau,theprovisionsof
subsection (3) of section 13 of the Transport Board Law, No. 19 of 1978, shall, mutatis mutandis, apply to, andinrelation
(6) Where the Bureau employs any person who has agreed to serve the Governmentforaspecifiedperiod,anyperiodof
service to the Bureau by that person shall be regarded as service to theGovernmentforthepurposeofdischargingthe
obligations of such agreement.
(7) At the request of the Bureau any member of the Local Government Service Or any other officerorservantofalocal
authority or a Development Council, as the case may be, may with the consent of suchmember,officerorservantandthe
Local Government Service Advisory Board or the local authority or a Development Council, as the case may be,betemporarily
appointed to the staff of the Bureau for such period as may be determined by the Bureau with like consent orbepermanently
appointed to' such staff on such terms and conditions including those relating to pension or provident fund rights as maybe
agreed upon by the Bureau and the Local Government Service Advisory Board or that local authority or Development Council,as
the case may be.
(8) At the request of the Bureau any officer or servant of a public corporation may, with the consent ofsuchofficeror
servant, be temporarily appointed to the staff of the Bureau for such period as may be determined by the.Bureauwithlike
consent, or be permanently appointed to such staff on such terms andconditionsincludingthoseelatingtopensionand
provident fund rights, as may be agreed upon by the Bureau and the Board of Management 9 of that public corporation.
(9) Where any person is temporarily appointed to the staff of the Bureau in pursuance of subsection (7) or subsection(8),
such person shall be subject to the same disciplinary control as any other member of such staff.
Powers of entry inspected and interrogation.
60. (1) Any officer of the Bureau authorized by the Bureau in writing in that behalf may -
(a) for the purpose of ascertaining' whether the provisions of this Act and anyregulationsmadethereunderare
complied with, enter and inspect, at all reasonable hours of the day or night, the premises in which the business ofa
foreign employment agency is carried on
(b) inspect, and take copies of any records required by, or under, this Act or any regulation made there"under,to
be kept in respect of that businessand
(c) interrogate any person who is in such premises.
(2) Every person who obstructs or. resists such officer in the exercise of any power conferred by subsection (1)shallbe
guilty of an offence under this Act and shall on conviction after summary trial by a Magistrate beliabletoIifinenot
less than one thousand rupees and not exceeding one thousand five hundred rupees and to imprisonmentofeitherdescription
for a term not less than twelve months and not exceeding two years.
Bureau deemed to be a scheduled institution within the meaning of the Bribery Act. [ 6,21 of 1985]
60A.The Bureau shall be deemed to be a scheduled institution within the meaning, and for the purposes, of the BriberyAct,
and the provisions of that Act, shall be constured accordingly.
61. (1) The Minister may make regulations relating to any matter in respect of which regulations are authorizedbythis
Act to be made or required by this Act to be prescribed.
(2) Every regulation made under subsection (1) shall be published in the Gazette and shall come into operation on thedate
of such publication or on such later date as may be specified in the regulation.
(3) Every regulation made under subsection (1) shall as soon as convenient after its publication in the Gazette bebrought
before Parliament for approval and any regulation which is not so approved shall be deemed to be rescinded as fromthedate
of such disapproval but without prejudice to anything previously done thereunder.
(4) The date on which any regulation is deemed to be so rescinded shall be published in the Gazette.
Unauthorized recruitment an offence
62. (1) Any person who, except in conformity with the provisions of this Act
(a) makes, or attempts to make, any agreement with any person purporting to assist that person oranyotherperson
to emigrate or depart from Sri Lanka for purposes of employment or demands or receives any money from such person
(b) causes or assists, or attempts to cause Or assist, any person to emigrate or depart or to attempt to emigrateor
depart or to leave any place for the purposes of emigrating or departing from Sri Lanka for purposes of employment,
shall be guilty of an offence under this Act and shall on conviction after summary trial by a Magistrate be liable to a
fine not less than one thousand rupees and not exceeding one thousand five hundred rupees and to imprisonment of either
description for a term not 1ess than twelve months and not exceeding two years.
[ 7,21 of 1985]
(2) Every person who carries on the business of a foreign employment agency without a licence in thatbehalfissued
under this Act shall be guilty of all offence under thisActandshallonconvictionaftersummarytrialbya
Magistrate be liable to a fine not less than twenty thousand rupees and not exceeding one hundred thousandrupeesand
an additional fine of one thousand rupees for each day on which such offence is continued after conviction.
(3) No prosecution under this section shall be instituted except with the sanction of the Secretary totheMinistry
of the Minister.
Forgery or inducement an offence.
63. Any person who
(a) forges or alters any document required for, or relating to, the emigration ofanypersonforthepurposeof
employment or has, in his possession or under his control any instrument or article which may be used forthepurpose
of such forgery or alterationor
(b) by means of intoxication, coercion, fraud or wilful misrepresentation, causes or induces, orattemptstocause
or induce, any person to emigrate , or enter into any agreementtoemigrateorleaveanyplacewithaviewto
emigrating for the purpose of employment,
shall be guilty of an offence under this Act, and shall on conviction after summary trial by a Magistrate be liableto
a fine not less than one thousand rupees and not exceeding one thousand five hundredrupeesandtoimprisonmentof
either description for a term not less than twelve months and not exceeding two years.
Charging fee an offence.
64. Any person who
(a)being a licensee, charges any fee otherwise than as provided insection51forthepurposesofproviding,or
securing employment outside Sri Lanka for any other person
(b) not being a licensee, demands or receives or attempts to receive for himself or any other person,anymoneyforthe
purpose of providing or securing employment for any person outside Sri Lanka,
shall be guilty of an offence under this Act and shall be liable on conviction after summary trial by a Magistrate to afine
not less than one thousand rupees and notexceedingonethousandfivehundredrupeesandtoimprisonmentofeither
description for a term not less than twelve months and not exceeding two years. The Magistrate shall, in addition, orderthe
offender to refund the fee or money which is the subject of the offence, to the person from whom the offenderreceivedsuch
fee or money.
Offence re1ating to returns, ampc.
65. Any person who
(a) fails to furnish any return. information or explanation which he is required to furnish underthisActorfurnishes
any return, written information or written explanation containing any particularswhichtohisknowledgearefalseand
(b) gives any evidence at any inquiry held under this Act, which to his knowledge is false or incorrect.
(c) fails to comply with the terms of any award made under section 44,
shall be guilty of an offence under this Act and shall on conviction after summary trial by a Magistrate be liable to afine
not less than one thousand rupees and notexceedingonethousandfivehundredrupeesandtoimprisonmentofeither
description for a term not less that twelve months and not exceeding two years.
Offence relating to inquiry.
66. Any person who fails or refuses-
(a) without reasonable cause, to be present at an inquiry when required to do so under section 44 (2) (a)
(b) to answer when interrogated under that paragraph
(c) to produce any document which he is required to produce under section 44 (2) (b)
(d) t o be sworn to give evidence, when required to do so under section 44 (2) (c).
shall be guilty of an offence under this Act and shall on conviction after summary trial by Magistrate be liabletoafine
not less than one thousand rupees and not exceeding one thousand five hundred rupees and toimprisonmentotherdescription
for a term not less than twelve months and not exceeding two years.
67. Every licensee who fails to comply with
(a) the provisions of section 35 or section 35 or section 37 or section 40(1) or (2) or section 41 or section 53 or
[ 8,21 of 1985]
(b) any requirement imposed on him by or under section 42 or section 43 or section 52,
shall be guilty of an offence under this Act and shall on conviction after summary trial by a Magistrate be liable to afine
not less than one thousand rupees and notexceedingonethousandfivehundredrupeesandtoimprisonmentofeither
description for a term not less than twelve months and not exceeding two years.
General penalties.[ 9,21 of 1985]
67A.(1) Any person who contravenes, or fails to comply with, any provision of this Act or anyregulation,directionor
requirement made or given thereunder shall be guilty of an offence under this Act.
(2) Every person who is guilty of an offence under this Act for which no punishment is expressly prescribedbyanyother
provision of this Act, shall be liable on conviction after summary trial, byaMagistratetoalinenotexceedingone
thousand rupees or to imprisonment of either description for a term notlessthantwelvemonthsandnotexceedingtwo
Punishment for subsequent offences under section 63 or section 64.
68.Where any person convicted of an offence under section 63 or section 64 is subsequently convicted of an offenceunder
the same section, he shall, on conviction for the second or subsequent offence, be liable to double thepunishmentprovided
for that offence by that section.
Offences by body of persons.
69.Where any offence under this Act is committed by a body of persons then-
(a) if the body of persons is a body Corporate, every person who at the time of the communication ofthatoffencewasa
director or officer of that body corporateor
(b) if the body of persons is a body other than a body corporate, every personwhoatthetimeofcommissionofthe
offence was a members of that body,
shall be deemed to be guilty of an offence:
Provided however that, such director, officer or member shall not be deemed to be guilty of that effectifheprovesthat
the offence was committed without his knowledge or that heexercisedduediligencetopreventthecommissionofthat
70. Notwithstanding the repeal by this Act of the Foreign Employment Agency Act, No. 32 of 1980, all agreementsandbonds
entered into by a licensee with the Commissioner of Labour under section 6ofActNo.32of1980shallbevalidand
effective until the expiry of the licence issued under that Act and be enforceable as fully and effectually as if insteadof
the Commissioner of Labour the Bureau had been named therein or have been a party thereto.
Repeal of Act No.32 of 1980
71. The Foreign Employment Agency Act, No. 32 of 1980, is hereby repealed.
Interpretation.[ 10,21 of 1985]
72. In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires-
"business of a foreign employment agency" means business (whether or notcarriedonbychargingfeesorotherwiseand
whether or not carried on in conjunction with any other business) of providing services (whether by provision ofinformation
or otherwise) ffor the purpose of finding persons for employment(includingapprenticeshipandtraining)withemployers
outside Sri Lanka or of supplying employers outside SriLankawithSriLankanlabour,andincludestheissueofan
advertisement or notice calling for applications from persons for employment outside Sri Lanka or taking of any otheraction
in connection with or incidental to such employment
"Chairman" means the Chairman of the Board" employer" includes a body of employers
" licence" means a licence issued under this Act
" licensee" means a person licensed under this Act to carry on the business of a foreign employment agency
"public corporation" means any corporation, board or other body which was or is establishedbyorunderanywrittenlaw
other than the Companies Act, with funds or capital wholly or partly provided by the Government bywayofgrant,loanor
"private sector undertaking" means any undertaking carried onbyanemployerintheprivatesectorandincludesany
undertaking carried on by an individual.