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India under lockdown: Jobs, salaries safe despite disruption, companies tell employees

From paying advance salary to honouring joining date for new joinees, cos going all out to reassure employees

Source | | Rica Bhattacharyya

Mumbai: Leading companies in India are proactively assuring employees that they will be taken care of financially while the lockdown continues or even if it gets extended. From paying advance salary to both regular and contractual workers a week before the usual salary credit date to honouring joining date commitment for new joinees even if they cannot come on board, companies are going all out to reassure employees. Stalled projects and work irregularities will not come in the way of salary payments, HR heads of top business groups confirmed. Companies are also assuring contract workers (vendors, housekeeping staff, maintenance personnel et al) of their jobs as well as uninterrupted pay.

Steel major Tata Steel has conveyed to all employees that salaries will be paid on time and there will be no disruption at all to salary payments due to the lockdown. For its contract workers and vendors, including people on temporary projects, maintenance staff, cleaning staff, housekeeping people and various other contract workers in their offices and factories, there will be no disruption in payment even though work has stopped.

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