The state of Cameroon intervenes in several aspects in the contract of employment in order to protect the interest of the parties especially those of the worker. The state can also intervene to protect its own interest. Some acts of the state terminates the existence of a contract of employment automatically. In this line we shall examine the following interventions;

  • Imprisonment: The judicial decision which pronounces an imprisonment term against a worker for the commission of an offence by the worker will terminate any contract of employment legally binding on this worker and an employer. According to section 32 of the Cameroon labour code, when the worker is under preventive detention, his contract shall be suspended. But if his preventive detention becomes an imprisonment sentence, then his contract will be terminated.
  • Exile: The instrument pronouncing the exile of a worker may be by a court decision or some other administrative act such as a decree. The effect of such pronouncements is that it terminates the contract of employment of the worker as he will not be available to perform his task in accordance with his contract.
  • Modification of conditions of exercise of profession: Enactments which change the conditions under which a worker earlier exercised his duties under a contract of employment can lead to the termination of the contract of such a worker. This circumstance is not different from a force majeure as the enactment is not the making of either party to the contract of employment.
  • Retirement: The maximum age limit to work imposed by the state means that upon attainment of that age, the contract of employment ceases to be operational.
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