Dear CEO Members,
The NBCRFLI is pleased to inform the industry that on 07 May 2020 it has considered further to utilise the Leave Pay Fund as an additional temporary measure to assist the industry in order to mitigate the further negative impact of the lockdown and Covid-19.
The Leave Pay benefit will apply as follows:
1. Lockdown Period of 27 March 2020 to 16 April 2020
1.1 NBCRFLI is giving another opportunity to companies who did not apply initially for the annual leave pay contributions for the national lockdown period of 27 March 2020 to 16 April 2020 to submit their annual leave applications on behalf of their employees. This applies to companies who were unable to operate or were operating on a partial basis for the period of 27 March to 16 April due to national lockdown. Such a company can claim immediately from NBCRFLI for a maximum amount of up to 21 days leave pay contributions from the Leave Pay Fund for each employee.
1.2 A company that had successfully applied previously for annual leave pay contributions for the initial lockdown period of 27 March 2020 to 16 April 2020 is not eligible to apply again for the same period irrespective of the number of days applied for previously.
2. Lockdown Period of 17 April to 30 April
2.1. A company that was unable to operate or was operating on a partial basis for the extended lockdown period of 17 April 2020 to 30 April 2020 can claim immediately from the NBCRFLI for a maximum amount of up to 9 days leave pay contributions from the Leave Pay Fund for each employee for this period.
2.2. A company that was unable to operate or was operating on a partial basis for the extended lockdown period of 17 April 2020 to 30 April 2020, such company can apply for leave advancement on behalf of the employee.
2.3. An employee with a negative annual leave balance will have an option to receive leave advance from the NBCRFLI for a maximum amount of up to 5 days leave pay on the condition that the shortfall in contributions will be recovered from the employer by the NBCRFLI once the employer received Unemployment Insurance Benefits (“UIF”) and/or wage payment through the proposed Government Temporary Employee Relief Scheme up to the maximum that UIF pays out. It follows that when an employee returns to work, leave will only start accumulating once the advance leave has been settled.
2.4. In the event that an employee’s negative leave balance equals or exceeds -5 days, the parties to Council have agreed that the Council will subsidise a maximum of 4 days to the employee.
2.5. Written confirmation, including electronic communication for leave advancement application, is required from both employer and employee.
3. General Terms and Conditions
The following general terms and conditions are applicable to any company applying for the above mentioned additional temporary reliefs:
3.1. A confirmation letter from the employer must be submitted as proof that the company was not in operation (wholly or partly) due to the nation-wide lockdown.
3.2. These temporary relief measures are not applicable to employees employed by Temporary Employment Services (TES) for less than two months.
3.3. All documentation must be submitted through the NBCRFLI’s online application process.
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