The Hong Kong government announced today (19th) that starting from the 30th of this month, it will revoke the arrangement for the isolation order for those diagnosed with the new crown. Asymptomatic infected persons can go out to work, but it is recommended that students who test positive should not go to school.
Sun Yuhan, Secretary of the Labor and Welfare Bureau, said at a press conference on the epidemic today that the paid sick leave arrangement for confirmed employees will be in line with the diseases covered under the Employment Ordinance. Get paid sick leave.
Both employers and employees can negotiate on their own. If the employer requires the confirmed employee not to go to work, the sick leave allowance must be calculated in accordance with the Employment Ordinance.
The Hong Kong government announced today (19th) that starting from the 30th of this month, it will revoke the arrangement for the isolation order for those diagnosed with the new crown. Asymptomatic infected persons can go out to work, but they should not go to school.
The Hong Kong government revised the Employment Ordinance earlier and gazetted it on June 17 last year. If an employee is absent from work due to compliance with epidemic prevention regulations, such as isolation orders, quarantine orders, and forced quarantine, it can be treated as sick leave.
Sun Yuhan pointed out at the epidemic press conference today that with the cancellation of the quarantine order arrangement at the end of this month, it means that the sick leave arrangement for employees who are diagnosed will be no different from other diseases.
If a confirmed employee feels unwell, he can seek medical treatment. If the doctor thinks it is necessary to grant sick leave of more than four days and issue a doctor's certificate, the employer must pay paid sick leave in accordance with the Employment Ordinance.
According to the "Employment Ordinance", employees who are employed under continuous contracts and have accumulated enough sick days can be paid four-fifths of the average daily salary for paid sick leave by the company if they have taken four or more days of sick leave as certified by a doctor's certificate.
Employers who fail to pay sickness allowance to employees without reasonable excuse may be prosecuted and, upon conviction, may be fined up to $50,000.
However, in order to protect the residents of elderly and disabled homes, the Hong Kong government will maintain the existing arrangement in terms of the duty of staff in elderly homes and disabled homes, that is, staff in homes still need to undergo nucleic acid testing every 48 hours, and do a daily nucleic acid test before going to work. quick test.
Starting from the 30th of this month, if an employee is found to be diagnosed after self-testing, Sun Yuhan pointed out that the government strongly recommends that the staff of the nursing home should not go to work, and the nursing home should not require the staff to be on duty. The purpose is to protect the elderly and disabled people in the nursing home and reduce transmission.
He also mentioned that knowing that the nursing homes need to find replacements, the authorities have been distributing special allowances for manpower support to all nursing homes in Hong Kong on the basis of actual reimbursement, which should be able to cover the relevant additional manpower expenditure.
When asked whether asymptomatic confirmed patients can get sick leave, he emphasized that the sick leave treatment for employees infected with new coronary pneumonia under the new arrangement will be no different from other illness arrangements. Do a good job of hygiene protection.” The employer and the employee can also negotiate whether to return to work. If the employer asks the employee not to go to work, “the boss must send the employee back to work.”
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