by Dr Carlos Bugeja
Legal Notice 62 of 2020, published on 13 March 2020, extended ‘quarantine leave’ to the principles in the Minimum Special Leave Entitlement Regulations, Subsidiary Legislation 452.101.
The Minimum Special Leave Entitlement Regulations are rules which had been created to lay down the minimum entitlements to sick leave, birth leave, bereavement leave, marriage leave, injury leave, leave for jury service, and now also to quarantine leave. These apply to whole-time employees.
“Quarantine Leave” is now on par with other types of ‘leave’. This means that leave is to be granted to the employee without loss of wages in such cases where the employee is legally obliged to abide by a quarantine order confining the employee to a certain area or to certain premises as determined by the Superintendent of Public Health under the Public Health Act or by any public authority under any other law.
Any person who contravenes or fails to comply with any provision of these regulations shall be guilty of an offence against the Act and shall, on conviction, be liable to a minimum fine (multa) of four hundred and sixty-five euro and eighty seven cents (€465.87).
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