We wrote to Simone and asked her to provide that information and she said she’d already put out a communication to staff about this.
For anyone who missed it, here’s what she forwarded to us:
“Under the General Agreement, staff accrue Contagious Leave – ten days per year pro rata. If you are in isolation due to COVID-19 related to this workplace then you will be able to put this on your time sheet for those shifts that you are not able to work. Please note, we have only been accruing contagious leave separately from sick leave since moving to our new finance system on 1 July, 2019. If you do not have enough contagious leave then I will pay the remaining from your sick leave balance. Also important to note, the current Agreement states that“period of lock down will be for a maximum of 4 days per occasions” however in this circumstance we will not be putting a maximum number of days on the period. If you don’t have enough contagious leave, then I can pay sick leave,if you don’t have enough sick leave then I can pay annual leave – put on your time sheet your preference.
For nurses, staff accrue an additional 10 days sick leave per year so you will be paid from your sick leave balance. If you don’t have enough sick leave then I will pay annual leave or leave in lieu of public holiday – put on your time sheet your preference.
If permanent staff have elected not to work then you will need to claim annual leave for those days.
If you are casual, then you cannot claim leave as you are paid a casual loading in lieu of leave. If you have had to go into isolation for other reasons other than work, then you will need to provide supporting evidence of this to be paid sick leave or possibly carers leave if it relates to a member of your immediate household.”
While this isn’t what we requested when we wrote to Melaleuca about COVID-19 months ago at least we now have some answers.