Childcare in the COVID-19 Era: A Guide for Employers

By IFC On 09 April 2020
Childcare in the COVID-19 Era: A Guide for Employers

Across the world, countries are implementing measures to bring the COVID-19 pandemic under control. To protect families, businesses, and economies, most countries have imposed lockdowns, restricted gatherings and movements, closed schools, kindergartens, nurseries, preschools, and daycares, announced business and office closures, and mandated homebased work (HBW) to curb the spread of COVID-19. 

As employees try to meet their new work and family obligations in these unprecedented times, the loss of childcare options and school closures presents a parallel crisis. Working parents and their employers now find themselves in an everchanging work and care landscape that can be increasingly tricky to navigate. Working mothers, who in many cases assume more care responsibilities than men (UNICEF, 2020), can be particularly impacted by this crisis as they may have to absorb the day-to-day demands of HBW or be out of work where HBW options are unavailable, while also juggling increased amounts of unpaid care and household work (CGDEV, 2020). 

Employers who are urgently addressing the care needs of their employees during this emergency, especially of those in lower income settings, can achieve business sustainability, productivity, and profitability in the long run. This brief note, a companion to IFC’s Global Guide for Employer-Supported Childcare, 1 outlines ways in which employers can support the care and family needs of their employees in the COVID-19 era and fulfill their obligations under the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

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