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Brief: COVID-19 and Employment Issues

<p>Brief: COVID-19 and Employment Issues</p>

In an attempt to flatten the curve, the Indonesian government has implemented various measures in order to further prevent the spread of COVID-19. Among these are those which deal with human resource issues amid the COVID-19 Pandemic.

In March  2020, the Jakarta provincial manpower Authority issued Ministry of Manpower Circular No. 14/SE/2020 to encourage employers to implement Work from Home policies. The letter advised three approaches for working from home:

  1. Temporary closure of Business with all employees working from home

  2. Temporary reduction in working hour, reduced business operations and reduced working number of staff

  3. Exclusion for those companies that operate in the vital sectors.

In addition to the above, the Ministry of Manpower has further issued Circular No. M/3/HK.04/III/2020 in an effort to protect employees and business continuity amidst the pandemic. In this letter employers must continue paying the full wages of employees working from home unless an agreement between the two parties says otherwise. Also, under the letter workers who have or are suspected of having covid-19 will also be entitled to full salary, as detailed in the provisions of the letter and Labour Law no.13 of 2003.

For more detailed information on the above, see the article and document compilation below.

Key legislations:


For information on COVID-19 and employment issues generally:


For information related to salary and leave:


For information related to Holiday Allowance:


For information related to Termination:

Note: There has not been any new regulations with regard to termination of employment specifically during the COVID-19 pandemic. In this regard, employers must follow the procedures of termination of employment under the Indonesian Employment Law and its implementing regulations.


For information related to pre-employment card:


For general global guidance and documents on COVID-19 and employment issues:



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