A majority in the National Assembly yesterday voted to adjourn debate on amendments to the Employment Act proposed by the executive to protect employees from the impact of COVID-19.

Nineteen members of the National Assembly gave their support to the motion tabled by opposition chief whip, Jean-François Ferrari, to defer the debate to next week’s parliamentary session.

The department of employment in the Ministry of Employment, Immigration and Civil Status is calling on employees to register their claims with the department in the event of non-payment of their salaries by their employers, in the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

As part of the new normal in relation to the post COVID-19 pandemic regarding health restrictions in place, especially social distancing, the Ministry of Employment, Immigration and Civil Status has taken necessary steps to control the inflow of people coming for services among others.

In a bid to prohibit the deferment of payment and the reduction of wages of a worker without the approval of a competent officer, the department of employment has proposed a new bill which will be presented before the National Assembly for approval next week.

With the coronavirus pandemic taking an increasing toll on the economy and bringing the tourism industry to its knees, the country’s unemployment rate is predicted to rise into double digits.

Principal secretary for employment, Jules Baker, made this projection for the second half of this year during a press conference on Thursday.

Stop the pandemic: Safety and health at work can save lives

‘Stop the pandemic: Safety and health at work can save lives’ is the theme adopted by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) to mark this year’s World Day for Safety and Health at Work being celebrated today, April 28.

The 752 new applications for welfare assistance received by the Agency for Social Protection (ASP) between March 1 to March 8 is putting enormous pressure on the agency’s resources, despite an increase of R30 million under the amended 2020 budget, says chief executive Marcus Simeon.

Parents with children under 15 and other class of workers who need to apply for Special Leave can now do so at the newly opened office set up by the Ministry of Employment, Immigration and Civil Status to ease the process.