The borders have been opened and now the virus is continuing to spread, and many employers are wondering what it is they are meant to pay their staff who are affected or are ordered to isolate/work from home. The below table outlines the requirements as set by FairWork Australia.
|Employee is isolating at home and working from their home office.||Employer must pay their standard rate for the hours worked.|
|Employee has tested positive, and they are isolating at home.||Employer must pay any personal/carers (sick) leave available during the isolation period.|
|Employee is a close contact, and they are isolating at home.||The employee is NOT entitled to sick leave however can come to an agreement with their employer to be covered by annual/unpaid leave.|
|Employee is a close contact, and they have been isolating at home and then test positive.||The employee IS entitled to sick leave from the day they test positive or become unwell.|
|Employer has requested that an employee take a test when it’s not required by Government regulation.||The employee IS entitled to be tested during work hours and be paid for the time taken.|
|Employee chooses to take a test or is required to by Government regulation.||The employee is NOT entitled to be paid for the time taken.|