Interim Advice for IFC Clients on Supporting Workers in the Context of COVID-19

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COVID-19 presents many challenges to employers globally, including IFC clients, as providers of jobs and livelihoods for workers and their families. These challenges include providing safe working conditions for those still working; ensuring business continuity when workers are absent; supporting workers who cannot work due to sickness, safety, caring, or economic reasons throughout the crisis; and dealing with potential changes in labor regulations.

This Tip Sheet sets out useful information to support decision making in response to the impacts of COVID-19 on workers and employment. It focuses on the following areas:

  • Health and safety, including actions to prevent transmission;
  • Job protection, including supporting workers through difficult times and building resilience for businesses to operate during and after the immediate crisis;
  • Responsible retrenchment as an option only if there is no other alternative, and how to reemploy those workers, when possible, once the situation has improved.

Each section provides a short overview of the relevant issue, suggested approaches, and practical tips to consider.

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