COVID-19 benefits: amended directives

In an effort to clear up some confusion regarding the COVID-19 Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (TERS) benefits, the Minister of Employment and Labour signed an amended Directive on 16 April and a Correction Notice on 20 April 2020 respectively.

It is now clear that employees who were required to take annual leave during the period that the employer’s business was closed (either completely or partially) may claim the COVID-19 TERS benefit. Annual leave days are therefore regarded as no income days for purposes of the benefit. An employer who receives the benefit on behalf of its employees may retain the amount, but must then credit the employee concerned with the proportionate entitlement to annual leave.

Read more: BforSA-TERS-amendments-final

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