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Tuesday , November 24 2020

Home Quarantine with unpaid leave

I arrived from India on March 6. As everyone is aware that Ministry of Health issued the guidelines that expatriates who have arrived from travel on and after 27th February should be home quarantined for 14 days from the date of arrival. While coming to my concern, my company has issued a memo to stay at home for home quarantine with unpaid leave. As per the Kuwait Labor Law, will the quarantine period be paid by the company or unpaid? Awaiting your valuable reponse.

Name withheld

Answer: The government release announcing the compulsory quarantines also indicated workers undergoing such quarantine will not be considered as being absent from work in terms of salary and leave days. While those in the public sector will have no difficulty in taking advantage of this directive the same cannot be said for those working in the private sector.

Going by the official government directive, the two-week quarantine period should be paid for by the companies but my gut feelings tell me that some of them may not in a similar manner they disregard government directives on other issues pertaining to workers rights and privileges

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