NIB calls for employers to advise on return to work

NIB calls for employers to advise on return to work
National Insurance Board headquarters

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The National Insurance Board (NIB) is advising employers to inform the board when their employees return to work as this will affect payment of their ongoing unemployment benefit claim.

In a notice yesterday, NIB said employers should submit a letter via email to

“This notification should take place promptly upon the employee’s return to work and should specify the restart date for each employee,” it read.

NIB director Nicola Virgill-Rolle recently indicated that NIB had paid out unemployment benefits to over 30,000 people at a cost of just under $34 million.

Earlier this week Labour Minister of Labour Dion Foulkes pegged the country’s unemployment rate at 30 percent amidst the ongoing COVID-19 closures. He encouraged businesses to re-engage their employees as soon as they can.

The Bahamas has been in a state of emergency since March 17, after the country recorded its first case of COVID-19 on March 13.

Bahamians were ordered to stay at home and non-essential services that go against physically distancing policies were shuttered. Companies across the country have laid off employees, including major hotels.