Navigating the workplace in a national state of disaster

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Going to work does not constitute a "gathering" and work from home is a privilege that employers can grant at their own discretion and withdraw at any time, says law firm Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr.

As the number of confirmed coronavirus (Covid-19) cases surged to 61 on Sunday, President Cyril Ramaphosa declared a national state of disaster to try to contain the coronavirus. Among the measures announced by the president is the prohibition of gatherings of more than 100 people.

Large companiesAs many corporations house more than 100 people in one building at a time, Aadil Patel, the national head of the employment practice at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr, says they will continue with work as normal, obviously taking proactive steps to increase hygiene in the workplace, but they do not have to approve or foot the bill for people to work from home.

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