Leave and sick leave
In response to questions received, here's an explanation of the leave situation for staff unable to go to work as normal because of the pandemic response.
Guidance on Injury/Illness Leave
If you are currently on injury leave, sick leave or light duties, here's how the current situation will affect you, and what leave you will be placed on.
Current Personnel on Injury leave
- If you are on work accident or non-work accident injury leave, you will continue to receive your weekly compensation entitlements as per your medical certificates – i.e. if you are currently certified for light work, you will remain on 100% average earnings, as detailed in the agreed timelines outlined in your rehabilitation plan.
- If you are currently on return to work duties (light duties), you should continue to do these duties from home where reasonable and practicable.
- Submit timesheets as normal, even if you can't practicably carry out your return to work duties – indicate on your timesheet “unable to complete return to work duties due to COVID-19”
Current Personnel on Illness/Sick leave
- If you are currently on return to work duties sick leave, you should continue to do these duties from home where reasonable and practicable. You should remain on return to work duties sick leave.
- If you are currently on full sick leave, you will continue on sick leave until fit for work, or cleared for return to work duties according to the standard process.
- When you are medically cleared to be back at work, then you are deemed fully fit to return.
- If your case is currently under management, you will continue to receive support through the Injury Management Unit team. If you need more clarification, discuss it with your line manager.
If you are disadvantaged by delays in getting clearance for return to work duties because of the current COVID-19 situation, and you would clearly have had clearance earlier, or would have received management sign-off earlier, but that wasn't available due to other more pressing matters, we will sort the effective date of change in pay relating to return to work duties clearance on a case-by-case basis.
- If you need require assistance from the Injury Management Unit following an injury or illness during the COVID-19 pandemic, follow standard process.
- If you are cleared for light duties that are not currently available due to the workplace limitations of COVID-19, you will be treated as if on light duties and paid accordingly.
|are an employee and test positive for COVID-19 but are asymptomatic||you cannot work from home||
you will be provided with COVID-19 Special Leave (paid). This will be for your 7 day isolation period, once your manager has approved this after confirmation from a Rapid Antigen test, PCR test or My COVID Record page.
If you become symptomatic during this special leave, you will need to take sick leave, follow the steps below in you test positive for COVID-19.
|become sick with COVID-19 related symptoms||you have sought medical advice||
Let your manager know immediately and do not come to work. You will be placed on sick leave. Stay home until you receive a negative COVID-19 test, and you are symptom-free.
If you are deemed a critical worker who is identified as a Household Contact, the close contact exemption scheme applies. You may return to work if you are fully vaccinated and do not have any COVID-19 symptoms, along with returning a daily negative Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) before going to work.
|you test positive for COVID-19||
Complete the online form from MoH to identify locations you have visited and people you have come into close contact with. You will need to provide details of where you have been recently, and who you have seen. Please provide this information to your manager and to staff who you have been in close contact with you throughout your infectious period if you were at work.
|you run out of sick leave||
Your manager will follow Fire and Emergency's standard procedures when staff run out of sick leave.
|are in isolation because you have been advised by health officials||you can work from home||Please advise your manager and work from home while you isolate for the required period of time
|you can't work from home||
|you become sick while in self-isolation,||
|are on annual leave||become sick during that time||
|are on annual leave||are required to go into self-isolation as advised by health officials during that time||
|are on annual leave||
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(the Covid-19 Protection Framework setting changes)
|if you travel internationally on annual leave||you are required to go into managed isolation on return||
|are feeling unwell after your COVID-19 vaccination||
you experience a reaction(external link) that your GP/health provider would not consider normal
Any questions, please discuss with your HR Manager.