A number of our employees have had to take the necessary step of going into precautionary self-isolation because they are a close contact of someone who has tested positive to COVID-19. They may also be required to self-isolate because of their own positive test result.
From a work perspective, a furloughed employee is someone who is not able to attend the workplace as they are required to isolate following close contact with an individual who has tested positive, or they are positive themselves. If an individual tests negative and is well, they are able to work from home if that is possible for the work group. Refer to FAQs for further details.
We recognise that this is a challenging time for employees – not only to self-isolate for 14 days – but also to meet the testing requirements and ensure colleagues, family members and others are kept safe.
Monash Health has created materials to help employees and managers who are affected by this situation to feel supported and connected.
This information will help answer questions about leave, communication with the workplace, alternative accommodation options, follow up screening tests, reimbursements and how to get further support and advice. There is also a wellness diary so furloughed employees who are close contacts can track their own health during self-isolation.
A new page on the coronavirus website for employees brings together information for furloughed employees and their managers. The page includes:
- FAQs for furloughed employees
- FAQs and a checklist for managers of furloughed employees.
Approved by Karen Lowe and Rhonda Stuart, 20 July 2020