Federal government employees in the UAE who fail to adhere to Covid-19 rules at their workplace will face various sanctions including salary cuts depending on the violation committed, authorities have warned.
The Federal Authority for Human Resources (FAHR) on Tuesday announced the new measure to urge all federal government workers to strictly adhere to safety measures and instructions put in place to prevent the spread of the virus.
UAE Employees to Get 10-Day Salary Cut for Not Observing Covid-19 Measures
In the circular issued by the FAHR across all federal departments, it reminded authorities to continue spreading awareness among their employees so they can fully adhere to the instructions issued earlier by the authority and other government entities regarding the precautionary measures aimed at reducing the spread of Covid-19, the Khaleej Times reported.
In line with this, government employees are urged to maintain social distancing, as per its instruction manual on maintaining the work environment and working from offices during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the precautionary measures issued by relevant ministries and government entities.
The circular further noted that the HR department of federal authorities should take the lead and implement the manual’s instructions when dealing with employees who violate the rules, in line with the federal human resources law and its executive regulations.
Violations and Penalties
The FAHR emphasized that 12 rules need to be observed in the workplace. It also stressed that employees will be fined for shaking hands, not wearing a face mask, exceeding the number of people in gatherings, failure to carry out a PCR test when required, and failing to declare their health status to employers if displaying COVID-like symptoms.
Here are some of the violations and penalties stated in the HR manual from the federal HR authority:
- For their first and second offense, employees who shake hands at the office will be issued with a written warning, while on the third offense, they will be given a salary cut equivalent to one working day.
- Employees who fail to wear a face mask or who exceed the number of people in a gathering without maintaining physical distancing will be given a written warning for their first offense. Moreover, they will receive a cut in their basic salary for one working day for the second offense, and for their third offense, a deduction from their basic salary for a maximum of three days.
- The most severe form of action will be taken against employees who have a positive COVID-19 test and continue to report in the workplace and knowingly hiding the result from his direct supervisor, manager, or colleagues. This type of violation will lead to a deduction of 10 days from the basic salary as a maximum penalty.
As the UAE continues to curb the spread of the coronavirus within communities while waiting for the completed form of the vaccine, residents are urged to strictly comply with safety measures set by the government as well as in their respective workplaces.