COVID-19 pandemic leave

Posted on
April 3, 2020
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Public Sector

As COVID-19 continues to evolve and Tasmania’s number of confirmed cases grows, we have been extremely busy ensuring that workers are not forgotten about during this crisis, especially health and community workers who are at the sharp end of the response.

We salute all public health & community services workers for the important work you continue to do.

We have had some success in getting the Government to agree on provisions for special pandemic leave.

There is still a requirement to use your personal leave in most circumstances, but if you run out or you meet certain other criteria, you may can access special pandemic leave.

There will be a change to regulations which will allow Department Secretaries to grant 20 days special pandemic leave.

  • If you are directed to self-isolate or stay away from the workplace, you will be paid your regular salary without using your leave entitlements.
  • If you are required to provide emergency support to children or a member of your household, you will be required to use your own personal leave entitlements. If you do not have a sufficient balance or you run out of personal leave, the agencies will accept an application for special pandemic leave.
  • If you are unwell, including if you contract COVID-19, you will be required to use your own personal leave entitlements. If you do not have a sufficient balance or you run out of personal leave, the agencies will accept an application for special pandemic leave. Remembering that you can make a claim for workers compensation if you contract any illness in the course of your duties, including COVID-19.
  • If you are a casual or sessional worker and you are asked to self-isolate or stay away from the workplace, you will be paid for any shift you had already accepted and the agencies will accept an application for special pandemic leave.
  • Payment for special pandemic leave will be your normal rate of pay and for casuals it will be based on regular hours (for casuals who work regular and systematic hours), or based on an average of the last two pay periods or based on the two pay periods that occurred prior to the declaration of a pandemic.

HACSU will continue to fight for arrangements to protect workers, especially health and community workers, who should not be disadvantaged by the pandemic.

If you have concerns about this advice, particularly if it is contradictory to the advice from public health officials or us, you can discuss that with our team at HACSUassist on 1300 880 032 or assist@hacsu.org.au

We’d like to thank you again for all the vital work you do helping your fellow Tasmanians.

For more information about this or any other industrial matter, members should contact HACSUassist on 1300 880 032 or email assist@hacsu.org.au or complete our online contact form

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