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Wednesday , April 21 2021

National workers to get double support for three months: PAM

Move to calculate attendance of long time absent employees

KUWAIT CITY, Feb 18: The Acting Deputy Director General for National Manpower Affairs at the Public Authority for Manpower (PAM) Eman Al-Ansari affirmed the disbursement of double support for national workers for three months starting from March. In a press statement, Al-Ansari revealed the coordination among the concerned authorities and the relevant bodies to take the necessary measures for the disbursement. She indicated that it includes employers under chapter five registered with the Public Institution for Social Security and the owners of small and medium enterprises registered with the National Fund, for whom a decision was issued to close down their activities.

Support
Al-Ansari explained that PAM will soon announce the procedures and documents necessary for the disbursement of this additional support. The Cabinet’s approval of the support comes as a continuation of the package of economic incentives approved by the state to ensure the stability of national employment conditions in the private sector and reduce the burdens on employers affected by this pandemic and in commercial activities. She highlighted the importance of preserving the conditions of the owners of these activities and helping them overcome the effects of the crisis in light of the current exceptional circumstances.

Meanwhile, the Civil Service Commission (CSC) has responded to the letter sent by the Ministry of Social Affairs regarding a mechanism for evaluating employees who are absent from work for long periods due to their health conditions that prevent them from attending work, in light of the current health situation and the continuation of the pandemic, reports Aljarida daily. According to informed sources, the Finance and Administration Sector had addressed CSC to find out how to calculate the attendance for these employees, in order to ensure that none of them were subjected to injustice.

Bonuses
They stressed the ministry’s commitment to the CSC’s decision regarding the rules, principles, procedures and dates for evaluating the performance of employees especially as it entails the disbursement of performance bonuses to those who are eligible and for promotion.

The sources indicated that, in implementation of the directives and instructions of the Cabinet and the decisions issued by CSC regarding the extension of the temporary suspension of fingerprint attendance system as a precaution to confront the spread of COVID- 19, the evaluation has been relied on the manual statements presented by the direct manager of the employee.

It is worth mentioning that according to the guide issued by CSC concerning the policies, procedures and rules for the gradual return to work in government agencies, the employees exempted from work are pregnant employees who are entitled to a reduction in working hours due to breastfeeding, employees who meet the conditions for reduced working hours due to illness or to having to take care of a disabled, employees with special needs or disabilities, employees aged 55 years and above (except for those holding leadership, supervisory and supervisory positions), and employees suffering from chronic or serious diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and chest diseases such as asthma, heart, cancer, kidney failure and others.

By Faris Al-Abadan Al-Seyassah Staff and Agencies

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