COVID-19 lockdown: Karnataka govt directs private sector employers not to lay off staffs

In the wake of coronavirus pandamic, the Karnataka labour department has directed private sector employers to not lay off staffs and pay them salaries on the due date without any deduction during the lockdown.


"The labour department has issued a circular directing the private sector employers to abstain from layoffs or unpaid leaves during this countrywide lockdown. Employees would be paid wages on the due date without any deduction during this period," Labour Minister Shivaram Hebbar tweeted.


During COVID-19 emergency situation , employers of all public/private organisations should not layoff their employees, especially casual or contract workers and their wages should not be cut, the order stated.


If any employee has taken leave during this period, they should be considered to be on duty without any effective deduction in their salaries.


"On not being able to function at work place due to COVID-19, such working unit employees should be considered as on duty," it said.


The order further stated that any violation would be punishable under the Disaster Management Act, 2005.


The countrywide lockdown that came into effect on March 25,2020 has been extended till May 3,2020.


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