BCHC: Are vulnerable employees permitted to return to the workplace during alert level 4 of the national lockdown?
Many employers and employees are under the impression that vulnerable employees who have comorbidities or…
The national lock down in response to the Covid-19 pandemic will have a huge impact on employers and employees.
While a number of government interventions providing relief to businesses and employees have been proposed and Gazetted in Regulations, there is still a great deal of uncertainty in relation to exactly what these measures will entail and when it will be available.
As far as employees are concerned, the principle of no-work-no-pay will apply to employees who are not able to work as a result of the lock down. However, some employers are adopting a more holistic approach in an attempt to relieve the burden on both employers and employees. Some of the measures being considered include the following:
The following options may also be available to qualifying employers and employees:
Some businesses will fold during the lock down. Of those that survive, many will have no choice but to consider retrenchments. In so doing they will have to ensure that they follow the procedures as prescribed by the Labour Relations Act. Undoubtedly there will be many disputes flowing from retrenchments as employees try and hold on to their jobs or secure a better severance package.
From all of us at BCHC, stay safe.