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Minister: Labour/Employment Concerns

The Minister of Labour, Community Affairs and Sports Lovitta Foggo advised that the Ministry has “fielded a number of concerns from employers, workers and residents regarding layoffs, temporary work stoppages and pay deductions as a direct result of Covid-19.”

Minister Foggo said, “The Government of Bermuda understands the financial position of employers as it relates to the continued operation and profitability of their businesses during this time.

“As the Minister responsible for Labour, I will provide further information and instruction on how the Government of Bermuda will be assisting affected workers during this time on Monday, 23 March 2020.

“However, in light of this unfortunate event, I am encouraging employers and workers to contact the Labour Relations Section now, for advice and guidance on how best to move forward whilst remaining compliant with the Employment Act 2000.

“The Labour Relations Section provides information to employers and workers, on an anonymous basis in accordance with the Employment Act 2000 and the various labour legislation.

“The Labour Relations Section, as with many other Government Departments during this time, will remain open during normal business hours but will not be accepting clients in person.”

“A Labour Relations Officer will be available to address all queries and concerns via phone, Monday to Friday from 8:45am to 5:00pm and can be reached on 707-1593, 707-5444 and 707-5437.

“As a general public reminder for the latest health information associated with Covid-19, visit www.gov.bm/coronavirus.”