DID YOU KNOW – Quarantine

What happens when I am asked to quarantine and not sick?   Here is the answer we have received from the District…as of September 9th, 2020

At this time, it is not covered under Work Safe. That could change, but for now:

  1. If someone is in quarantine or self-isolation and are acting in accordance with an order of the provincial health officer, an order made under the Quarantine Act (Canada), guidelines from the BC Centre for Disease Control or guidelines from the Public Health Agency of Canada (due to exposure at work, home or in the community).

A) they may access their paid sick leave for the 14 day quarantine period

B) if they have no sick leave, it would be coded as a COVID-19 unpaid leave and they will be eligible to apply for government benefits.

  1. This would not apply to someone who travels and returns from overseas. Their quarantine would be a COVID-19 unpaid leave (they could still apply for government benefits).


We are always here for you and are working hard to make this transition as smooth and safe as possible.  Don’t hesitate to be in contact with your rep or steward. 

 

1 Comment

  • Bonnie Wegner

    We should not have to use sick time if we are exposed to a deadly virus at work. This would indicate that we are working in an unsafe conditions. The extra government funding should be used to pay our wages if we are asked not to come to work because of exposure. We should also not have to use sick time if we contract the virus at work.

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