I recently counted the number of Covid regulations and they number at approximately 147 different documents on the Government Website. That is a ridiculous amount of new rules that I suspect many people transgress every day without even knowing it - and I do not blame them.
The FSCA, Reserve Bank and Prudential Authority issued a new set of Covid Measures for FSP's to comply with under level 3 lockdown. These rules also allow FSP's to actively deal with clients in a prescribed manner, which I suppose is a silver lining. Please see the full document here. We've tried to take the essence out of it as much as possible to show you what you need to comply with in this post.
Apart from what we detail in this post please remember that financial institutions must comply with the Occupational Health and Safety Directives issued by the Minister of Employment and Labour in terms of the Regulations regarding the precautionary measures in workplaces. You can find these regulations here.
Where face to face meetings or physical interaction with customers are unavoidable, in order to protect both the employees of the financial institution as well as financial customers, these meetings should be held at premises where appropriate health measures and social distancing can be implemented, such as-
A financial institution should not hold meetings at the homes of clients, or visit financial customers at home for purposes of providing financial services to them.
Where exceptional circumstances require that a meeting takes place at the home of a customer, the following protocols must be followed:
A financial institution must upon request by the Authorities submit the name of the COVID-19 compliance officer designated under Regulation 47 and its workplace plan as contemplated in Regulation 47(1)(b) of the Regulations to the Authorities.
The Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA) issued a Press Release which states that the FSCA will be making an effort to protect their staff, the financial sector and aid Government efforts by using precautionary measures to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.
What precautionary measures will the FSCA take to limit the sprad of COVID-19?
The FSCA cancelled all on-site inspections and will communicate new dates to the financial institutions affected.
What FSCA activities will remain unchanged?
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by: Horizon Compliance team