Industrial Court: Several offences raised during COVID-19 pandemic

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    The COVID-19 pandemic should not be used as an excuse to flout labour standards according to the Industrial Court President.

    Mrs Deborah Thomas-Felix today spoke at the virtual opening of the court’s law term.

    She noted that, since the beginning of the pandemic, several offences have come before the court.

    Mrs Thomas-Felix notes that temporary absence from work due to an illness such as COVID-19 or family responsibility during the pandemic does not constitute a valid reason for termination.

    However she says a distinction must be made between termination and retrenchment, the latter of which is usually done for economic reasons and is covered by a law.