Ajman gov't employees must use annual leave, unpaid leave if exposed to COVID twice

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Public sector employees in the emirate of Ajman will have to use their annual leave or unpaid leave for quarantine time if they come into contact for a second time with anyone who has contracted COVID-19, the Ajman Government HR department announced.

The department’s new measures which went into effect on January 11, come as an update of the emirate’s precautionary rules against the spread of the coronavirus.

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According to a circular issued by the department, federal employees in Ajman will not receive paid sick leave for quarantine if they come into close contact with infected people outside the workplace or home for a second time.

The UAE has a vaccination rate of 99 percent among eligible residents and a total death toll of under 2,200 from the virus, but the spread of the omicron variant globally has pushed the number of daily infections up. The United Arab Emirates, home to Dubai and Abu Dhabi, has seen daily cases jump from around 50 a day in early December to more than 2,600 a day this week.

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To limit the spread of the virus, Ajman’s HR department issued a circular with a list of no-nos that would lead to salary deductions, ranging from a one-day pay cut to a 10-day pay cut for repeat offenders.

The offenses listed include failure to wear masks, being in crowded areas, shaking hands with others and going to the office after being in contact with someone who’s contracted the coronavirus. Supervisors will also be slapped with salary deductions if they fail to ensure employees comply.

According to the report, a federal employee in Ajman who’s come into close contact with an infected person must isolate for a week or work remotely. Moreover, employees who come into contact with an infected person for a second time will also have to use their personal days off toward mandatory quarantine or take the days off unpaid.

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with The Associated Press