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.