Recently, a netizen left a message on the Hefei government service express site, asking how wages should be paid during the epidemic period. The office of Management Committee of Hefei Economic and Technological Development Zone replied as follows.
Hello, I’m an employee of a human resources company in Hefei. The company’s address is Mingzhu square, Shushan Economic Development Zone. Our company had a holiday on January 16, 2020, and was expected to officially resume work on January 31. Due to the impact of the epidemic, our company did not resume work until March 2. The company said that due to the epidemic, the salary in January was postponed until the resumption of work. At present, January salary has not been paid in full. During the epidemic period, employees worked at home, but the company decided not to pay the salary in February. I would like to inquire whether it is reasonable not to pay the full salary in January and if it is legal not to pay the salary in February. Please respond, thank you!
Reply from the Administrative Committee Office of Hefei Economic and Technological Development Zone:
According to the understanding of Lianhua community, if the enterprise is in a wage payment cycle, it shall pay the workers’ wages in accordance with the standards stipulated in the labor contract. If the wage payment period exceeds one wage payment cycle and the employee provided normal labor, the wage paid by the enterprise to the employee shall not be lower than the local minimum wage standard. If the employees fail to provide normal labor, the enterprise shall pay for living expenses. The standard of living expenses shall be no less than 70% of the local minimum wage.