Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 30 May 2020

Coronavirus: Public sector workers married to medical staff to get paid leave

New measure allows government workers to be put on paid leave under specific circumstances

The new resolution will grant government employees paid leave if their spouse is a health worker. Getty
The new resolution will grant government employees paid leave if their spouse is a health worker. Getty

Government employees will be granted paid leave if their spouse is a health worker under a new resolution designed to protect people from the spread of the coronavirus.

The resolution, adopted by the UAE Cabinet on Wednesday, lists several conditions whereby a government employee can be granted paid leave.

These conditions include caring for a child aged younger than 16, or a child with a disability of any age.

Employees whose spouse works in a vital health-related occupation that means they are exposed to people infected with the virus are also eligible for paid leave.

An employee whose spouse is subject to self-isolation or quarantine, mandated by the Ministry of Health and Prevention, can also be placed on paid leave.

Under this resolution, a ministry or federal authority may ask employees holding essential technical occupations to work remotely instead of taking leave.

The resolution is one of the many measures put in place by the government to ensure a safe and healthy working environment for employees during the outbreak.

Updated: April 8, 2020 09:56 PM

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