In some countries, paid leave gains momentum in effort to boost adherence to self-isolation rules
Meanwhile, Australia this month expanded its “Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment” program to workers in New South Wales, the country’s most populous state. Under that plan, workers required to self-isolate for two weeks are eligible for around $1,050 if they have used up their sick leave or don’t have access to paid leave. The same program had already been introduced in the state of Victoria, the center of Australia’s coronavirus outbreak, as well as Western Australia and Tasmania.
“We want to make sure, first and foremost, that those who need to isolate do so,” the premier of New South Wales, Gladys Berejiklian, said last week.
Australia and Britain, among other countries, have seen low levels of adherence to self-isolation guidelines or rules in recent months. In late July in the state of Victoria, 1 in 4 people were not at home when authorities went house to house to check compliance.
In a large-scale new study, British researchers from King’s College London and other institutes similarly found …continued .
[Source: Washington Post]