The COVID leave FAQs updated

Frequently asked questions about leave relating to COVID-19 have been updated on the Monash Health coronavirus for employees addressing the issues of which leave to take during the various stages of testing, self-isolating and caring for others.

You will find the most up to date answers to questions such as:

  • What leave am I entitled to if I am required to self-isolate while waiting for COVID-19 test results?
  • What if I am waiting for my COVID-19 test results but I am no longer unwell?
  • When can I take personal/carer’s leave and what evidence do I need to provide?
  • What if I am required to not attend work in accordance with Victoria’s Chief Health Officer’s advice?
  • I am a casual employee and am required to self-isolate. What leave am I entitled to?
  • What will I be paid if I am on special leave?
  • What if I am caring for someone who has or is suspected to be infected with COVID-19?
  • When can I come back to work?

Here are some of the answers. You will find more answers to these and other COVID-19 leave-related questions on the coronavirus website on the employees’ pages.

What if I become sick while at work? 
You should be tested for COVID-19 and self-isolate until the results are returned. If positive, you will need to remain away from work for the period defined by the DHHS. If negative, you can return to work when you are well.

What if I become exposed to an infected person? 
You will be contacted by Infection Prevention if you have had contact with a known infected person while you were not wearing the appropriate PPE. If you are deemed to be a close contact you will be asked to self-isolate for 14 days from the last contact with that individual. At day 11 of this self-isolation period you will be asked to have a respiratory swab. When 14 days has elapsed and it is confirmed that the day 11 swab is negative you will be released from isolation.

What leave am I entitled to if I am required to self-isolate while waiting for COVID-19 test results? 
If you have been tested for COVID-19 you are required to remain in self-isolation until your results have been returned. If positive, you will need to remain away from work for the period defined by the DHHS. If negative, you can return to work when you are asymptomatic.

You are encouraged to get tested for COVID-19 at one of Monash Health’s walk-in testing sites and to identify that you are a Monash Health employee as this means we can prioritise your results. Walk-in screening clinics are located at:

  • Berwick – 7 Gibbs St
  • Dandenong – 169 Cleeland St
  • Clayton – 239 Clayton Rd

Where you have been tested on or after 7 July 2020, you will be entitled to paid special leave from the day you are tested until you receive your results if you are unable to work from home.  You will need to provide your manager with evidence that you attended testing, for example a certificate of attendance.

What if I am waiting for my COVID-19 test results but I am no longer unwell? 
Where you have been tested on or after 7 July 2020, if you were symptomatic when you were tested for COVID-19 but become asymptomatic while you are waiting for your test results, please advise your manager so that, if reasonable and appropriate, they can arrange for you to work from home. If you are able to work from home but refuse to do so, you will not be entitled to paid special leave. If you are not able to work from home, you will be entitled to paid special leave.

If when your test results are returned you are positive, you will be required to use your accrued personal leave.

Approved by Karen Lowe, 17 July 2020



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