Family-Friendly Policies and Other Good Workplace Practices in the Context of COVID-19: Key Steps Employers Can Take

A nurse gives the first care, with a mouth mask, to a newborn in the health center of Port Bouet, a suburban f Abidjan, in the South of Côte d'Ivoire.
UNICEF/UNI312809/Frank Dejongh


The consequences of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak are unprecedented and felt around the world. The pandemic is heavily affecting labour markets and economies, including global supply chains, leading to widespread business disruptions. With many businesses struggling to survive, loss of jobs and income and rising working poverty are a reality for many workers. Self-employed, domestic and care workers and those in casual or temporary agency employment are at particular risk. The absence of adequate social protection systems exacerbates working families’ vulnerability to the crisis.

This document offers (interim) recommendations for employers to mitigate the negative consequences stemming from COVID-19.

Authored by: UNICEF, International Labour Organization and UN Women

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