Hi-tech hub Shenzhen allows firms to impose unpaid leave on workers who refuse Covid-19 testing
- The measure forms part of the Shenzhen government’s zero-tolerance approach to sporadic coronavirus infections
- Shenzhen firms are also directed not to terminate the contracts of employees who are unable to work because of quarantine policies
Employers need not pay the salary of workers for the period when they were put under quarantine or medical watch after being found in violation of official health control rules and regulations, according to a statement from the bureau.
It said employers cannot terminate the contracts of employees who are unable to work because of quarantine policies. In addition, workers’ contracts that are set to expire during their quarantine or medical watch will be postponed until the end of such period.
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Under the updated measures, all travellers leaving Guangdong through Shenzhen’s airport, railway, bus stations and ports from Sunday must present a negative test result valid within 48 hours. More than 9,600 passengers who did not meet that requirement were turned back from the city’s airport over the weekend.
As of 7am on Monday, Guangdong had 2,699 total confirmed cases of Covid-19, of which 1,135 were imported, according to the latest data from the province’s Health Commission.