What are your rights as employees? Here are some simple steps…
In case coronavirus (COVID-19) spreads more widely in our area, here at Paymaster HQ we are keeping track of, and following, the latest advice for your staff members… we hope this helps.
Firstly, as events change, make sure to keep a close eye on updates from the Welsh Government here: https://gov.wales/coronavirus-covid-19
Sick pay… Your usual sick leave and pay entitlements will apply if you have coronavirus, and you should let your employer know ASAP if you’re not able to attend work.
Self-isolation… The government’s advice so far states that if NHS 111 or a doctor advises an employee or worker to self-isolate, they should receive Statutory Sick
Pay due to them. If your company offers contractual sick pay, it would be good practice for them to pay this. You must inform your designated line manager ASAP if you’re not able to work. You should tell your manager the reason and how long you’re likely to be off for. Should self-isolation become an issue you need to deal with, there is all the information you need here, via Public Health Matters: https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/02/20/what-is-self-isolation-and-why-is-it-important/
Dependents… You are entitled to time off work to help someone who depends on you in an unexpected event or emergency. This applies to situations surrounding the coronavirus, eg. looking after children or at-risk family member, aging or sick parents. There’s no statutory right to pay for this time off, but some employers may offer pay depending on the contract or workplace policy, and there’s always the option of using your holiday days.
Afraid… We understand if you’re afraid – some people might feel they do not want to go to work if they’re afraid of catching coronavirus – or indeed spreading it to high-risk family members and friends… Your employer should listen to any concerns you have, and must try to resolve them to protect your health and safety above all. For example, if possible, they could offer flexible working, if that’s at all possible. If you still really do not want to go in, you may be able to arrange with your line manager to take the time off as holiday or unpaid leave. However, bear in mind that your employer does not have to agree to this. If any employee refuses to attend work, it could result in disciplinary action. Whatever happens, make sure to follow the hygiene steps, and most importantly, please stay safe – from Nicola and the team.