Employers to bear quarantine costs of workers: Meghalaya Labour Dept

All workers from outside the State will have to be screened, tested and quarantined at paid facilities

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According to the directives issued by the Meghalaya Health and Family Welfare Department, employers who are bringing in skilled or highly skilled workers from outside the State, will have to bear the expenses of the quarantine facilities where they will be put up, till their test reports arrive.

All workers coming from outside Meghalaya will be screened and tested for COVID-19 in line with the directives issued by the health department. They will be transported to the paid quarantine facilities by the employers, where they will stay put until they are cleared for work. The cost incurred for their quarantine will be borne by the employers.

Instructions have been given to employers to ensure that all workers are informed of the ‘return to work’ plans and procedures before they start moving from their present locations.

Standard operating procedures (SOP) have been laid out to guide the employers on how they can enable the safety of the workers returning to work, and reduce the risk of any possible contamination.

Employers will have to seek permission from the respective Deputy Commissioners before bringing in the workers from outside Meghalaya. They will also have to register them with the Deputy Labour Commissioners of the respective districts after furnishing all details of these workers, such as their permanent addresses, present locations and contact details.

Only after the employers have submitted an undertaking with the deputy labour commissioners of the respective districts — confirming their compliance with the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs as well as protocols issued by the Meghalaya Health and Family Welfare Department — can they resume operations.

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