The World Health Organization on 30th January, 2020 declared the COVID-19 outbreak as a public health emergency of international concern and on March 11, 2020 it classified the outbreak as a global pandemic. Around 124 countries as of today have reported instances of the Coronavirus and recently multiple cases have been reported in India too. It has therefore become imperative for employers in India to increasingly safeguard workplaces and their employees.
While the Government of India has already issued a number of advisories over the last couple of weeks, the State of Karnataka (Bangalore being the capital city) seems to be the first State that has issued a specific circular for employers by mandating a 28 day paid leave period for all affected employees. To that end, please find attached a detailed write-up on the key measures adopted by the Central Government as well as the State Government so far which are specifically relevant for employers. We expect other major States to issue similar directives in the very near future.
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