GUIDANCE FOR BUSINESSES
All non-essential operations are currently ordered to be closed and essential staff are to attend the workplace only if they are unable to work remotely from home.
The Department of Labour and Pensions encourages employers and employees alike to follow the guidelines outlined by the Chief Medical Officer and the Public Health Department. All employers owe their staff a duty to protect their health and safety and should have plans in place to manage business continuity in the event of coronavirus (COVID-19) impacting their operation.
As part of this, employers should communicate with employees to assure them that the employer is monitoring the situation and taking steps to plan for disruption. The communication should also relay the current Government advice in relation to infection prevention, including in relation to hygiene: that regular proper hand washing is the best way to protect ourselves against infection.
While the Labour Law (2011 Revision) does not address this specific situation, it does establish the required minimum standards and allows employers to establish conditions of service more advantageous to any employee than the minimum employment standards established by this Law.
The Department of Labour and Pensions will make every effort to work with employers and employees during this time to ensure the proper observance of the Labour Law and its Regulations.
CENTRE FOR BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
The Cayman Islands Centre for Business Development provide support to small businesses across the Islands. The services being offered to the public will begin with a focus on business continuity training and coaching. Small and medium-sized enterprises with an urgent need for assistance with cash flow management, business impact analysis or those that need to redesign or re-think their business models are urged to contact the Centre. Read more.
At this time, all but essential Government entities are closed and civil servants continue to work remotely. To access the business services available online for the public please visit www.eservices.gov.ky.
During curfew hours, only essential employees who are travelling to or from work or performing essential work are allowed to be outside of their homes and premises. Organisations must request official exemptions for named staff by emailing CurfewTime@gov.ky. Exemptions may be grated for essential purposes only and include businesses in the following categories:
1. All Emergency and Essential Service
2. Utilities and Infrastructure
3. Food & Medical Distributors, shipping/receiving/warehouse processing only
4. Transportation/Shipping, delivery of food and medical supplies
5. Food Vendors & Restaurants
6. Specific Charity Organisations
7. Specialist Care for Elderly/Vulnerable
8. Emergency Veterinary Services
9. Animals in Captivity
10. Press/Media in line of duty only
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