Good News for Employers Regarding Covid-19 from EOHCB

March 19, 2020

 

Self isolation after being exposed to an infected individual, or for quarantine purposes, will be covered by UIF as special leave, and employees who contract the virus during work can claim in terms of COIDA. Read the full article below. With thanks to the EOHCB for this report.

 

This report serves as a summary of decisions announced by the Minister of Employment and Labour on 16 March 2020 at a special Nedlac executive committee meeting.

 

Health and safety risk assessments need to be conducted in all workplaces.  Guidelines and checklists in this regard will be made available on www.labour.gov.za

 

Employers are expected to implement extremely strict hygiene provisions (facilities for handwashing are imperative).

 

If an employee needs to self-isolate due to international travel or exposure to an infected individual, such self-isolation period will be compensated by the UIF as special leave.

 

If a business needs to close due to potential exposure, UIF will send officials to workplaces to assist with registering the UIF claims of employees.

 

There will be interventions available to businesses that become distressed due to COVID-19. These will be made available by Treasury (no details available yet).

 

Employees who contract the virus during their employment will have a claim in terms of COIDA.

 

For more information or to answer any questions please contact your friendly EOHCB division – contact details HERE

 

The EOHCB aims to provide maximum support and help to our valued members in these challenging times. To join the EOHCB and benefit from this support in every aspect of your business, please use the above contact details and we will gladly assist.

 

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