It might not dominate our thoughts or daily lives as it once did but COVID isn’t over – and it’s a Work, Health, and Safety issue.
So, if you have symptoms – don’t come to work. Yes, even if your RAT is negative as they aren’t well known for their reliability.
The Department for Education, Children and Young People is one of few agencies to have recently updated its COVID-safe plan, to support workers in schools. You can find the plan here.
The key message? A negative test isn’t your ticket to play: if you have cold or flu symptoms, you should stay at home. This applies to staff, students and visitors.
Your employer should help to facilitate you to working at home, where possible, to stop the spread or potential transmission in the workplace.
If you’re sick and worried about your leave balance, then talk to your manager about options. Don’t forget in the State Service there is an extension of existing special leave regulation: Special Leave on account of COVID-19, which allows for a period of 20 days (applied on a pro rata basis) in a number of circumstances (and also applies to casual, relief, seasonal and sessional employees):
A Head of Agency can grant a further period if necessary.
If you need advice, contact CPSUDirect at CPSUDirect@tas.cpsu.com.au