In an updated circular to government entities, the Emirate’s human resources department specified eight Covid safety violations in office and their penalties.
- Not wearing a mask
- Shaking colleagues’ hands
- Gathering in an area in such a way that the specified social distancing is not adhered to.
In case an employee commits the violations listed above, h/she will be issued a written warning. A repeat violation would mean the deduction of a day’s salary (basic). Another repetition would cost the employee three days of basic pay.
- Reporting to office despite being Covid positive or having symptoms: This will result in the deduction of three days of basic pay. A repeat violation would cost the employee five days of basic pay; and a third offence would mean loss of 10 days of basic salary.
- Failure to ensure Covid safety: A supervisor or manager who does not ensure those reporting to him/her follow Covid safety protocols will result in a written warning. A repeat offence would cost one day of basic pay; and a third offence, three days of basic salary deduction.
- Failure to notify employer about being a close contact: An employee who fails to do so will have a day’s basic pay deducted. A repeat offence will cost him/her three days of pay; and a third-time offence, five-day pay cut.
- Not maintaining Green Pass on AlHosn: Same penalty as above. A Green Pass is activated for 15 days for vaccinated employees who have taken the booster shot after they get a negative PCR test result.
- Failure to adhere to Covid measures outlined in official circulars: Same as above.
The circular also specified that the quarantine period for close contacts is seven days.