On 28th February 2020, the Department of Labour Protection and Welfare issued a guideline for employers and employees to collaborate in adopting measures to slow down the Covid-19 pandemic (“Guideline”) as follows:-
Employers have been asked to:
- educate employees of the outbreak of Covid-19 and introduce preventive measures guideline against Covid-19;
- provide alcohol jells, soaps and cleaning materials including cleansing area for employees and customers;
- take the temperature and check the health condition of employees before work if employers have a large number of employees working in a crowded place;
- request the employees not to travel to the high-risk countries and ask employees who return from such countries to be checked and quarantined;
- allow employees to take sick leave, holiday leave, leave without pay, no work or pay, or other leaves during the quarantine period or the treatment period;
- cease all or part of the business operation if there has occurred a risky situation, such as having numbers of sick employees; and
- inform the Labour Inspector if employees are infected or likely to be infected with Covid-19.
Employees have been asked to:
- get treated if suspected of being infected with Covid-19 and immediately inform the employer if the test result is positive; and
- strictly follow the order and guidance of the Contagious Disease Control official if the employer is under 14-day quarantine.
We will monitor the situation and keep our readers updated.
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