COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and the Workplace – Update

The Federal Government existing travel ban on mainland China, Iran has been extended for another week and they have now included South Korea. The Federal Government has also added additional precautions for travellers from Italy. These revised bans area in place until to Saturday March 14.

Employees returning from these countries will need to self-isolate for a period of 14 days. This means that these employees are unable to attend work but it is not due to an illness, or injury they have suffered, but instead because they are under an obligation set by the Government.

Note: Self-isolation means staying at home and not accepting visitors.

Employees will be required to inform their employer they are unable to attend work or is required to be quarantined for 14 days due to the virus.
Under the Fair Work Act 2009 and the Qld Industrial Relations Act 2016 there are no specific rules in dealings with situations as the Coronavirus. It is up to the employer and employee to agree on the arrangements.

It is suggested that it would be appropriate for the employees to access their leave entitlements.

Download the CMSolutions COVID-19 and the workplace factsheet here.

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