Employers cautioned for noncompliance on Covid-19 rules

Minister of Labour Ken Kandodo has reiterated on the need for the country`s employers to comply with the instituted Covid-19 precautionary measures in different workplace to their employees.

Kandodo, who was speaking during the ongoing Covid-19 Update in Lilongwe, said his Ministry is mandated to inspect workplaces in both government and private sector to ensure that employers are operating in a safe and healthy working environment.

According to Kandodo, ever since President Lazarus Chakwera declared the Malawi a State of National Disaster, all Covid-19 preventive measures should be adhered to by all stakeholders including the employers.

On this, the Labour Minister has called upon all employees to report to the Ministry if their employers are not abiding by the set measures and that the law will take its course.

“The President made it clear that we are in a State of National Disaster as a country and it is expected that everyone including the employers will abide what the law requires in such situation.

Employees should be treated well in their different workplaces by, among other interventions, making sure that they are operating in in a safe and healthy working environment, and that they are not crowded in their different workplaces,” said the labour minister.

He added that employers are mandated to provide the all required personal protective equipment with no cost.

Kandodo also stressed in situations where the employee tests positive for coronavirus and they are isolated, they should continue enjoying all required work benefits including full salary despite not working.

Meanwhile, co-chairperson of the Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19 Dr John Phuka said the country has registered 296 new recoveries whilst 35 people have died in the past 24 hours.

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