Distributive policy

Notification of the 2022 HIV and AIDS Workplace Policy to Protect Employees

In an effort to provide legal protection to people living with HIV in the workplace, the Union Department of Health has notified the Institutional HIV and AIDS Policy, 2022, in accordance with Article 12 of the HIV and AIDS (Prevention and Control) Act 2017. The policy applies to all establishments as defined in the Act to eliminate HIV and AIDS-related stigma and discrimination in diverse workplaces.

The model policy must be adopted by all establishments that have produced, supplied or distributed goods or services for a period of twelve months or more. It is about non-discrimination against people infected and affected by HIV and AIDS and ensuring the confidentiality of a person’s HIV status and related data. The establishment was also mandated to put in place an appeal mechanism in the form of a complaints officer.

“The model policy imposes strict obligations on the facility and the complaints handler to adopt data management policies and establish data management committees where the facility collects HIV-related data,” said said a ministry official about the key features of the policy.

“According to the policy, establishments with 100 or more employees must appoint a complaints officer to handle any grievance under the policy and appoint additional complaints officers for each office in that establishment with 100 or more employees. The Model Policy also imposes certain obligations on the Complaints Officer such as the publication of annual reports, the filing of half-yearly action reports with the competent authorities, etc. added the official.