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CSC resolves controversy regarding payments of salaries to employees

Response to queries posted on its Twitter account

KUWAIT CITY, May 5: The Civil Service Commission (CSC) resolved the controversy surrounding the payment of salaries for employees returning from vacation during the period of work suspension due to the corona crisis, stressing these employees should be paid their salaries without the need to report for work; except those assigned in institutions which continue to operate in the interest of the public like the Ministry of Health, reports Al-Seyassah daily.

In response to some inquiries posted on its Twitter account, CSC clarified that salary payment resumes on the day following the end of the leave for female employees who went on maternity leave or to care for their newborn and the male or female employees authorized to accompany their spouse or a patient or other special leaves.

It added that the requirement to report for work is not applicable this time due to the decision of the Council of Ministers to declare a public holiday as part of precautionary measures to curb the spread of coronavirus.

It then stressed the need for government agencies to take administrative and financial measures to resume payment of salaries in the aforementioned cases. According to the CSC, if the employee went on leave before March 12 and could not commence work for other reasons; the payment of salary must be halted and the employer must evaluate the worker’s condition to determine whether his service will be terminated, that is, if the number of absences reached the limit which warrants termination, if his excuse is accepted or if his service is considered continuous.

In case the employer decides to terminate the employee, he will not be paid the salary for the public holiday. If the employee’s excuse for his absence is accepted, his service will be considered continuous so he will benefit from the period of work interruption and he will be paid for the official vacation and the public holiday, the CSC explained.

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