Employee Entitlements if they become ill or need to be isolated
Illness due to Coronavirus
Any absence due to illness relating to the coronavirus is treated as personal leave.
Isolation by the Employer
On suspicion that they may have contracted the virus but does not become ill, the employer will have to pay normal wages for the absence if the employee is directed not to attend work.
Isolation by a Government agency
1. Where the employee is at the request of the employer on an overseas trip and
o When returning from an overseas trip is isolated by a government agency or medical practitioner,
o But does not become ill,
the employee is entitled to be paid for the absence by the employer. Type of leave will depend on a case by case basis.
2. Where the employee is returning from a personal overseas trip and
o is isolated by a government agency or medical practitioner,
o unless the employee becomes ill
the employee is not entitled to be paid for the absence by the employer. However, the employee may elect to use their available annual leave, for example.
Employee becomes ill during isolation
If the employee becomes ill during any period of isolation either imposed by the employer or by a government agency or medical practitioner
o from the time the illness commences as notified by the employee, and
o provided the employee meets any evidence requirements,
then the absence is covered by personal leave entitlements.