In wake of the medical and economic crisis created by the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, the Union Ministry of Labour and Employment has urged the Employers of all Public/Private Establishments not to terminate their employees or reduce their wages, particularly those working on casual/ contractual basis.
Imposition of complete lockdown across various cities in the country has restricted non-emergent movement. In this backdrop, the Ministry has advised that if any worker takes a leave during subsistence of the crisis, he should be deemed to be on duty without any consequential deduction in wages for this period.
The advisory issued under the signature of Joint Secretary to the Ministry states,
"In the backdrop of such challenging situation, all the Employers of Public/Private Establishments are advised to extend their coordination by not terminating their employees, particularly casual or contractual workers from job or reduce their wages. If any worker takes leave, he should be deemed to be on duty without any consequential deduction in wages for this period. Further, if the place of employment is to be made non-operational due to COVID-19, the employees of such unit will be deemed to be on duty,
The termination of employee from the job or reduction in wages in this scenario would further deepen the crises and will not only weaken the financial condition of the employee but also hamper their morale to combat their fight with this epidemic."