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About Leave and remote working arrangements

​What happens if I need to take sick leave and I do not have enough leave?

Normal sick leave conditions apply.  If you are concerned about sickness and have exhausted your entitlement, discuss this with your leader in the first instance.

What type of leave should I be taking if my family are showing COVID-19 symptoms?

If you are not sick yourself, we recommend discussing with your leader a work from home arrangement as a self-isolation preventative measure. If you are too sick to work yourself, the leave policy applies.  In most cases we expect this would qualify for sick leave.

What is the difference between self-isolation and being home sick?

When staff are in self-isolation, you may be required to work remotely from home.  

When you are home on sick leave you are not required to work as the leave policy applies in most cases, we expect this would qualify for sick leave.

Self-isolation is the Ministry of Health recommendation to prevent or contain a pandemic outbreak by quarantining yourself at home for 14 days. In regard to the COVID-19 virus the current situation is that all travellers arriving in New Zealand (New Zealanders included) since 1am 16 March 2020 must register with Healthline (by phoning 0800 358 5453) and self-isolate for a 14 day period. It is important that you notify your leader or the COVID-19 Manager if you have been overseas and are required to self-isolate.

What does self-isolation mean?

There is important information on the link below which is regularly updated.  Please refer to the link and if you have any questions, please contact your leader or the COVID-19 Manager

https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-novel-coronavirus-health-advice-general-public/covid-19-staying-home-self-isolation

If you have been exposed, it may take up to two weeks for symptoms to present. To keep yourself and others safe, you should isolate yourself from other people for 14 days from the time you left or any overseas countries except some Pacific Island countries.  This list is being updated regularly.

If you have not been in contact with someone who has been infected with COVID-19, your risk of being infected is very low.

Currently any staff who have travelled from overseas and arrived in NZ after 1am 16 March 2020 are required to self-isolate for a 14 day period. However, if the pandemic were to escalate there will be additional situations which may require self-isolation, such as if you or a family member are exhibiting symptoms. If we reach this stage, we will be asking staff to discuss with their leader in the first instance if they are wanting to self-isolate. The escalation point being to the COVID-19 Manager.

What happens if my family are sick and I need to care for them. What leave is it?

Domestic leave is treated as sick leave under the leave policy.