Posted by : Aahil Shaik Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Saudi Arabia suspends Work in Private Sector Main offices for 15 Days, Except Health and Food services

Saudi Arabia suspends work in private sector main offices for a period of 15 days, As part of the efforts of the Government of Saudi Arabia to prevent the spread of Novel Coronavirus in the Kingdom announced the Ministry of Human Resource and Social Development (MHRSD).  Trending : Coronavirus cases reached to 171 in Saudi Arabia

The Ministry was decided to suspend attendance at workplaces in all sectors of the private sector for (15) days, and to activate the procedures of working remotely except for vital sectors and Sensitive infrastructure sectors such as Electricity, Water and Communications.

Accordingly, the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development would like all private sector facilities to follow:

1. Suspend staff attendance at the main offices of private sector facilities for a period of 15 days. Read : Saudi Arabia temporary suspends all prayers in Mosques to prevent Coronavirus spread

2. The Private sector establishments must reduce the number of employees in their branches, offices and other facilities to the minimum required for the operation and availability of supply chains, so that the number of employees required to be present in the workplace does not exceed "40%" of the total employees at the establishment headquarters, taking into account the following:

- Comply with the necessary precautionary measures established by the Ministry of Health in relation to those who bring workers to the premises or housing of workers, including the availability of private sector facilities - where the number of employees in their headquarters or housing of employees exceeds (50) persons - a sorting point in entry where the temperature is measured The question of symptoms and epidemiological linkage, provided that those who attend the premises should be exempted from the applicable one of the cases referred to.

- Ensuring the availability of adequate space among workers in the workplace and housing of workers in accordance with the preventive guide on Novel Corona virus within the workplace issued by the Ministry of Health.

- Obliging private sector establishments to close health clubs and nurseries located at their headquarters.

- Obligation to apply the disclosure mechanism of all employees who show symptoms of high temperature, cough or shortness of breath, or contact with an injured or suspected person.

- Private sector establishments are required to provide a mechanism to ensure that their employees inform the competent management of the establishment about those who show these symptoms or apply to them in one case or who has come from outside the Kingdom without following the precautionary measures of quarantine specified by the Ministry of Health, subject to privacy. Confidentiality, with private sector enterprises obliged to report cases to the Ministry of Health.

3. Excluded from the application of the point (1) and the obligation to the percentage of those who require their presence in the premises specified in point (2) above all activities related to the provision of food, medicine, treatment, supply chain and logistics until they are provided to the consumer final, taking into account the high orders issued in this regard.

4. Applying remote working mechanisms and using electronic means and applications in the practice of activities, providing goods and providing services as much as possible, and taking into account the manual of remote work issued by the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development.

5. Compulsory leave of 14 days and not counted from the leave balance for all workers who fall into the following conditions: pregnant and nursing, respiratory diseases, immunodeficiency diseases and users of immunosuppressants, tumors, chronic diseases, and workers over the age of 55 years.

6. For private sector enterprises that provide facilities services to government agencies, they must coordinate with them before suspending attendance at workplaces.

7. Private sector enterprises that are unable to comply with the percentage of those who require their presence at the premises specified in point (2) above may submit their applications to the supervising body.

The ministry has made it clear that private sector enterprises can submit their inquiries about the mechanism of remote work through the ministry of human resources and social development communications, and regarding the necessary health precautionary measures for their employees through the ministry of health's communications.
Saudi Arabia suspends Work in Private Sector Main offices for 15 Days

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