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Work-from-home for public sector to start March 4

 

The government has issued a work-from-home order for public sector employees, starting this Thursday, March 4.

This is part of the government's effort to bring the COVID-19 pandemic under control.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness, making the announcement at Jamaica House on Sunday evening, said there will be exceptions to this rule in respect of certain critical functions and personnel, and that these exceptions will be determined by the permanent secretaries and heads of agencies and departments.

He said, while the government will not mandate a similar approach in the private sector, each firm is being encouraged to evaluate its operations and, where feasible, allow their employees to work from home.

Where a private sector employee is affected by a co-morbidity however the employer is mandated by the government to make arrangements for that person to work from home.

The work-from-home order for the public sector is set to expire on March 22, but the Prime Minister said the period could be extended upon review, if deemed necessary.



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