Jordan allows companies impacted by COVID-19 lockdown to cut wages

The new labor regulations also include instructions on cutting salaries and leave balances of furloughed workers, as well as contract agreements. (File/AFP)
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Updated 01 June 2020

Jordan allows companies impacted by COVID-19 lockdown to cut wages

  • Only companies approved by the labor and industry and commerce ministries can implement the proposed pay cut

DUBAI: Jordan has allowed companies affected by the COVID-19 crisis to cut employees’ May and June salaries by 30 percent, state news agency Petra reported.

The new government order comes after the coronavirus outbreak forced businesses into a weeks-long lockdown.

“The move is part ongoing review of current developments and takes into account the conditions of employers in sectors most affected by the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic,” according to a government statement.

But employees “may not be coerced or pressured to agree to the salary reduction agreement in all cases,” the report added.

Only companies approved by the labor and industry and commerce ministries can implement the proposed pay cut.

The new labor regulations also include instructions on cutting salaries and leave balances of furloughed workers, as well as contract agreements.


UAE warns of $13,600 fine for returnees who break quarantine rules

Updated 16 July 2020

UAE warns of $13,600 fine for returnees who break quarantine rules

  • Quarantine period vary from seven days to 14, depending on where the returnees are coming from

DUBAI: UAE residents who are returning from overseas must comply with quarantine rules or face a fine of $13,600, local daily Gulf News has reported.
The government earlier announced it would ease travel restrictions to a number of countries, with airlines set to resume operations by Aug. 1.
The National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority (NCEMA) said those who are returning to the UAE “should follow federal and local guidelines for COVID-19,” including quarantine and test procedures.
Returnees coming from low-risk countries are required to isolate for seven days, while those travelling from high-risk areas are subject to a 14-day mandatory quarantine.
“All costs for quarantining and medical assistance, whether at home or in another designated facility will be at the cost of the individual primarily,” NCEMA said.
Meanwhile, individuals who wish to take a rapid coronavirus test to enter Abu Dhabi can only do so through a booking system.
The Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee said prior appointment is necessary to undergo the screening due to high demand.
Booking can be done on a dedicated website.