Air India ends work-from-home for most employees from July 20
Air India advised all department heads to ensure that norms of social distancing and proper sanitisation and other related measures are strictly followed through.Updated: Jul 15, 2020 23:42 IST
National carrier Air India on Wednesday announced that all its offices will operate at full strength from July 20, adding that those not reporting to work will be marked absent. However, it made an exception for employees residing in containment zones, but asked them to keep the office posted about the status of the containment.
“It has now been decided that Air India offices will function at full strength from July 20 and no separate roster for functioning under Covid situation is to be operated. Employees who do not attend office will have to apply for leave or shall be marked absent,” said the airline.
It further advised all department heads to ensure that norms of social distancing and proper sanitisation and other related measures are strictly followed through.
“Work from home option can be considered for employees who are at higher risk due to medical conditions, pregnant women and employees staying in containment zones,” it said.
In another order, the airline said it has begun the process of sending some employees on leave without pay ranging from six months or two years that can also be extended up to five years, it said in an official staff order issued on Tuesday.
The scheme is being introduced for some employees to opt on a voluntary basis as well and can be availed for “personal reasons”.
“This Scheme (LWP) is being introduced for grant of leave without pay and allowances for permanent- employees, for a period of six months (extendable upto 5 years) or for a period of two years (extendable upto 5 years) at the discretion of the Management,” the order said.
This Scheme shall be applicable to permanent employees of the company.
“Board of Directors in its l02nd meeting held on 7th July,2020 has approved a Scheme whereby employees can opt to take Leave Without Pay ranging from six months or for two years and the same can be extendable upto five years,” the order said.
“The Scheme also authorises CMD to pass an order on behalf and in the name of the Company whereby an employee would be sent on leave for six months or for a period of two years extendable upto five years, depending upon...suitability, efficiency, competence, quality of performance, health of the employee, instance of non-availability of the employee for duty in the past, as a result of ill health or otherwise and redundancy,” it added.
The policy approved by the board states that departmental heads at headquarters and regional directors of the region are required to assess each individual on the above mentioned factors and identity the cases where option of compulsory leave without pay can be exercised.
To streamline the process of identification of redundant manpower who would be told to proceed on compulsory leave without pay a committee of The respective Regional Directors will be constituted comprising General Manager (Personnel), General Manager(Finance) and concerned Departmental Head.
The Committee would go through the records, based on the above factors and will recommend the individuals whose names will be forwarded to headquarters with due recommendations of Regional Director for obtaining approval of CMD, for compulsory leave.