Family-friendly policies and other good workplace practices in the context of COVID-19: Key steps employers can take

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.


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Bibliographic information

Subject area(s): Economic empowerment; Employment; Health; Poverty; Social protection

Resource type: Best practices; Policy papers

UN Women office involved in publication: UN Women Headquarters

Publication year: 2020

Number of pages: 8

Publishing entities: United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF); International Labour Organization (ILO); United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)