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.

This brief note 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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