Paying Wages During the Lockdown

The Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training issued ‘Instruction 043 concerning the Payment of Wages for Early April (2021) and Additional Allowances for Employees in the Garment, Enterprise, Handicraft and Business sectors during the Phnom Penh and Takmao city lockdowns to prevent the spread of COVID-19’ (“Instruction”).

The temporary lockdown measures in Phnom Penh causes de facto employment suspension .

To maintain employee welfare, the Instruction directs organizations in the affected sectors to:

  1. keep employees’ positions and employment seniority during the lockdown period;
  2. pay wages and salaries fully for the period 1-14 April 2021 and, if they have not been yet paid, make such payments as soon as possible after the lockdown has ended; and
  3. provide additional voluntary allowances to employees based on the financial resources of the employers. These payments shall be made as soon as possible after the lockdown has ended.

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