Even when the country was in the throes of the State of Emergency in the 80s and early 90s, work continued, albeit with strict social controls in place and a strong police and military presence. This benefit is only available where an employee and employer have contributed to the Fund and is subject to the employee having accumulated enough credits to be paid during this time. In that case, the legal obligation to pay ends: but do not panic, that point has not been reached. As South Africa enters the 21-day national lockdown, business owners are understandably confused and concerned about its economic consequences. For example, contracts may state “40 hours weekly” or “9:30am to 5:30pm, Monday to Friday”. Furthermore, those employees who qualify and are contributors to the scheme would also have the option of donating to fellow co-workers, he said. “It should, however, be those employers who are capable of reliably paying back the borrowed money who should be allowed to engage their pension fund.”. Employers may consider reaching agreement with staff who work from home on reduced hours for reduced pay. Most employees have contractually fixed hours. Even businesses that are back up and running faced losses during the first phase of the lockdown, which they are struggling to recover. However, the majority of companies in South Africa have set a precedent by paying their employees by the 25th of the month, says Arlene Leggat, President of the South African Payroll Association (SAPA). The South African government has not imposed a moratorium on retrenchments. Employers unable to continue with business, as usual, may need to reduce their workforces and implement pay reductions or reduced working time. Employers are faced with a unique situation that require a sharp and tactful approach to balance the payment of employee salaries, looking after the individual employee needs and keeping the business afloat. South Africa– Blue Sky Publications (Pty) Ltd T/A TheSouthAfrican Number: 2005/028472/07. But business-as-usual has not been possible for many organisations, leaving employers perplexed about the issue of salary … As the novel coronavirus continues to spread, employers across the globe are attempting to manage the workplace effect of the Covid-19 pandemic. //--> It almost certainly won’t be business as usual. Even businesses allowed to operate (essential services) have had to alter operations and staffing requirements in line with increasing regulations issued as the government comes to grips with the pandemic.