BlogLegal ResourcesWorld Day of Social Justice 2022: Achieving Social Justice through Formal Employment

February 20, 20220

Justice and injustice indeed begins and ends with the self.”

– Syed Muhammad Naquib al-Attas, Philosopher 

World Day of Social Justice is an international observation day, not an official holiday. Needless to say that today, you can’t take the day off, nor will you get a surcharge for working on official holidays. However, if you are interested in knowing more about payments on official holidays, check this blog post

 

Contextual Background

 

On 26 November 2007, the General Assembly of the United Nations declared that 20 February will be celebrated annually as the World Day of Social Justice.

 

Why (should) we observe World Day of Social Justice?

 

Public and private actors play a major role in the observance of this day. And if you wonder to yourself how, the answer might be simpler than learning ABC: by complying with the law.

The main purpose of this day is to bring attention to the social justice issues in the world, one of which is informal employment.  

Informal employment stands for the noncompliance with the regulatory in force, the lack of a written contract, the inequality in payment, and the absenteeism from following non discriminatory practices at work. 

Informal employment is this year’s theme for observing the World Day of Social Justice. Data show that more than 60 % of the world’s employed population, specifically 2 billion women, men and youth, earn their livelihoods in the informal economy. Unfortunately, most people enter the informal economy not by choice, but due to lack of opportunities in the formal economy.

To that end, promoting the transition to formal employment is a necessary condition to reduce poverty and inequalities, advance decent work, increase productivity and sustainability of enterprises and expand the government’s scope of action, notably in times of crisis.

 

How to observe this day?

As an employer, you can take all the necessary actions starting from the draft of written contracts, to the follow up with the national plan on employment incentives, or enabling the remote workers the same working conditions as the ones who work from the office. When in doubt, you can check the law, or Legit’s blog for a reinforcement of legal knowledge. 

Do you know that by the launch of our Platform you will be able to create and download automated contracts, so yes – maybe the lack of written employment contract will not be an issue anymore. 

You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right.

– Rosa Parks, Human Rights Activist

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