Workplaces must comply with Covid-19 safety protocols, says labour minister
Thulas Nxesi says employers will be compelled to quarantine employees if necessary, and workplaces will be closed if they do not comply
Minister of employment and labour Thulas Nxesi said on Friday that he will amend workplace regulations to compel employers to test employees and place them in quarantine for 14 days if close colleagues are infected by Covid-19.
This will also apply to healthworkers and health facilities, which can be closed for non-compliance with health and safety regulations. Employees are entitled to 14 days of sick leave while in quarantine and employers “may not deduct the cost of Covid-19 precautions from wages or require [employees] to pay for these”...