It’s inevitable that this will happen as COVID-19 becomes more prevalent in our community, people who have COVID-19 will visit businesses and workplaces and your employees have been out in their free time and are likely to have at some stage been near someone with COVID. This also extends to their household contacts.

The health response is

If you own or operate a business, you should review your continuity plans and think about ways you can mitigate risks associated with COVID-19 people entering your premises – either staff or patrons.

Below is some more information that you may need as well as additional links. As always Fresh HR Insights Pty Ltd is here to support businesses as we navigate this challenging time. Call us on 0452471960 or email paulette@freshhrinsights.com.au for support.

If a staff member is diagnosed with COVID-19 (from Qld Gov Website)

Confirmed cases of COVID-19

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 must isolate for seven days from the date they tested positive.

No other staff must quarantine unless they are considered a close contact. Close contact means a person who is a household member or a household-like contact of a diagnosed person. See the definition of a close contact.

If a staff member is diagnosed or informed of their positive test result outside their home, they must travel directly to the premises they will be isolating at by private transport, ambulance or government arranged transport.

Private transport means either:

  • a private vehicle – a diagnosed person may drive themselves or be driven by a close contact; or
  • if they are within 5km of where they will isolate and wear a face mask, they can travel directly there on foot or by privately owned bicycle, scooter, or other personal mobility device (travel is not permitted on any personal mobility devices hired through a shared-fleet scheme such as e-scooter or e-bike sharing schemes, council bike docking schemes).

 

When an employee is sick with COVID-19 (from Fair Work Ombudsman)

Employees who have COVID-19 must not attend the workplace. They are required to isolate and can’t go to work until they are formally released.

  • Any sick employee should let their employer know about their situation as soon as possible.
  • Full-time and part-time employees can take paid sick leave if they can’t work because they’re sick with coronavirus. If they have no paid sick leave left, they should arrange with their employer to take some other type of paid or unpaid leave.

Learn more about sick leave during coronavirus and what rules apply at Sick and carer’s leave.

The Australian Government and some Australian states and territories are providing payments to some workers during coronavirus.

Learn more about Government payments.

Guidance is available on links are below from both the Queensland Gov site and Fair Work Ombudsman (links for ease)