UNICEF Ukraine encourages employers in Ukraine to revise their flexible work arrangements and workplace practices in the context of COVID-19 outbreak
Following the decision of the Ukrainian government to close schools for quarantine until 03 April 2020 as part of the response to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, UNICEF Ukraine encourages Ukrainian companies to introduce flexible work arrangements, childcare support or other appropriate measures to support employees who have children.
In addition to the impact that the quarantine has on children’s education, there are concerns about their safety and well-being. Many children might be left alone or without adequate care as their parents still need to go to work.
By introducing flexible working arrangements and/or support childcare, you will ensure that your employees are in better position to address childcare challenges and not distracted by concerns about their children’s safety and wellbeing at home alone.
“The response to COVID-19 pandemic requires collective efforts from all of us - not only doctors who are on the frontline or government officials,” said UNICEF Ukraine Representative Lotta Sylwander. “Thus, I have no doubts that business community in Ukraine will take appropriate measures in adopting child friendly policies in this difficult time”.
To support business UNICEF has developed Guidance for employers on flexible work arrangements, childcare support and other good workplace practices in the context of COVID-19, which is available at UNICEF Ukraine website.
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For more information about COVID-19 and guidance on how to protect children and families, visit www.unicef.org/coronavirus