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If an employee tells you that they:
they should be directed to follow the Australian Government’s health advice and seek medical advice immediately.
The Fair Work Ombudsman has published detailed information on managing COVID-19 employer and employee related concerns.
HIA Workplace Advisers are also available to discuss any concerns or questions you may have in relation to a particular situation or issue.
In accordance with the latest government announcements anyone returning from overseas will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.
You should talk to any affected employee about the best way to manage this, whether that be a working from home arrangement (where feasible), using some other leave (such as annual leave or long service leave) or any other paid or unpaid leave by agreement.
There is no simple answer to this questions.
An employee can only be stood down without pay if they cannot do useful work in limited circumstances such as a stoppage of work for which you can’t be held responsible (e.g.- severe and inclement weather or natural disasters). Unfortunately, it is unclear whether building delays that may be attributed to Coronavirus would be classed as a ‘stoppage of work’.
Enterprise agreements and employment contracts may have different rules about when you can stand down an employee without pay. Therefore employers need to check these agreements and contracts to determine if any alternative scenarios may apply.
For further information please contact a HIA Workplace Adviser on 1300 650 620.
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