During the lockdown period, an employee may be requested by the employer to take annual leave from his/her annual leave credits. The BCEA allows employers to determine the time that employees can take their annual leave.
Please note that 10 and 13 April 2020 are public holidays and should therefore not be deducted from the employee’s annual leave. Businesses who are closed from 27 March to16 April 2020, and who’s employees work on a normal 5 day Monday-Friday schedule, will therefore require their employees to apply for 13 days annual leave.
This decision must be communicated clearly to all employees.
In the event that an employer is unable to pay their employees during the lockdown period, they must utilise the financial assistance explained in the easy-guide provided in the link above.
The law firm Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr published a very useful document to assist employers in this challenging time
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