Don't Sack Staff, Protect Wages: Centre To Firms
Business Standard|March 23, 2020
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Somesh Jha

The central government has asked all companies to ensure that workers, especially contract labour, who take leave as a precaution against the COVID-19 outbreak, should be treated ‘on duty’ and their salaries not be deducted.

“Against the backdrop of such challenging situation, all the employers of public or private establishments are advised to extend their coordination by not terminating their employees, particularly casual or contractual workers from job or reduced their wages,” Union labour and employment ministry Joint Secretary Kalpana Rajsinghot said in a March 20 letter to employers’ associations. “If any worker takes leave, he should be deemed to be on duty without any consequential deduction in wages for this period,” the letter added.

A labour ministry official explained that if workers are considered to be ‘on duty’, they will be entitled to wages and other benefits, if they are entitled to.

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