As employers are now and have started to return their workforce back to the workplace this has now raised many complex areas for both the employer and employees.
Deemed a national emergency, no doubt considering the rapid increase in positive cases, these new regulations were not laid before Parliament, but brought into immediate effect.
The Hong Kong government extends the special work arrangements, HR updates below:
Another week and further updates both on the track and trace and furlough which you may find useful in your planning and decision making in relation to return to work for your employees.
The Government has extended the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme until October 2020. Extending the scheme in its current form until July will provide workers, businesses and the economy with clarity on this vital support.
The Government has now published further information on the practical workings of the Employment Support Scheme (ESS) as a way to support Hong Kong companies during Covid-19.
The scheme will enable employers with fewer than 250 employees to claim coronavirus related Statutory Sick Pay (SSP). If we have full agent authorisation we will be able to make claims for you.
The government is starting to look at easing restrictions and as such we felt it would be timely to provide you with an update so you can start to look at some of the things that are essential to ensure the health, safety and well-being of your employees. We are as always here to support you.
Individuals who are caught refusing to wear a mask will be fined S$300 on their first offence, while those who flout the rule a second time will be fined S$1,000. Egregious cases will be prosecuted in court, he added.
From a radio interview with the Labour Minister last week it would appear applications can start to be made in June with the aim of making the first payment (50%) also in June.