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If you have an existing long-term health condition and you are concerned, you should continue to take your usual precautions and consider contacting your GP for further advice.


If you have a long-term health condition and are concerned that you may have coronavirus, please call NHS 111 or use the NHS 111 online service.


Please follow the advice from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists if you are pregnant.

If you are at work and have concerns about your personal health and safety, please discuss these with your line manager, who can liaise with Human Resources if necessary.




Please follow NHS advice, continue to take your usual precautions and consider contacting your GP for further advice.

The majority of our staff should now be working from home. However, if you are still required to work on site and you are more vulnerable to the virus, living with someone who is likely to be more vulnerable, have any coronavirus symptoms and/or are currently sharing a house with people who have symptoms then you should work from home where possible. Please speak to your line manager about any possible tasks that can be carried out at home.

 


If anyone in your household starts displaying symptoms, you should follow the Public Health England guidance for self-isolating at home. Please let your line manager know and also email staffhealth@qmul.ac.uk.

The majority of our staff should now be working from home. However, if you are still required to work on site but need to self-isolate, even if you do not develop symptoms, your absence will be treated as special paid leave. 

Beyond this, the University’s normal unpaid Dependents’ Leave Procedure applies. If you then develop symptoms let your line manager know and also email staffhealth@qmul.ac.uk.


The majority of staff should now be working from home. However, if you are still required to work on site and you do not have symptoms, your absence will be treated as special paid leave. If you are able to work from home, you should first complete the display screen risk assessment.

If you develop symptoms of coronavirus during this time, your absence will be treated as sickness absence and the University’s standard sickness absence reporting procedure will apply. Please see the Attendance Policy for further details. You should follow the Public Health England guidance for self-isolating at home.

 


If you do not have symptoms, your absence will be treated as special paid leave. If you are able to work from home, you should first complete the display screen risk assessment.

If you have symptoms of the coronavirus, your absence will be treated as sickness absence and the University’s standard sickness absence reporting procedure will apply. Please see the Attendance Policy for further details. You should follow the Public Health England guidance for self-isolating at home.

If you are a member of staff who is self-isolating whilst working from home in line with the latest government guidance, you must notify your line manager and email staffhealth@qmul.ac.uk without delay.


Self-isolating with symptoms

If you have symptoms of the coronavirus, your absence will be treated as sickness absence and the University’s standard sickness absence reporting procedure will apply. Please see the Attendance Policy for further details. You should follow the Public Health England guidance for self-isolating at home. You must notify your line manager and email staffhealth@qmul.ac.uk without delay.

If you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, or your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days, then use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service. If you do not have internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.


Self-isolating without symptoms

If you do not have symptoms, your absence will be treated as special paid leave. If you are able to work from home, you should first complete the display screen risk assessment.

If you develop symptoms whilst you are self-isolating, please let your line manager know and also email staffhealth@qmul.ac.uk. Your absence will be treated as sickness absence and the University’s standard sickness absence reporting procedure will apply. Please see the Attendance Policy for further details.

 


Staff and students should follow UK government travel advice when deciding whether to travel.

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) now advises British people against all non-essential travel worldwide. This advice took effect immediately on 17 March and applies initially for a period of 30 days.


Please follow the UK government’s travel guidance for the education sector

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) now advises British people against all non-essential travel worldwide. This advice took effect immediately on 17 March and applies initially for a period of 30 days.

 


Human Resources is updating the sickness absence system to include 'self-isolation due to Coronavirus' and 'Coronavirus' as new reasons for absence. We will let you know once this has been done.


No.

If you are in self-isolation but do not develop symptoms, your absence will be treated as special paid leave by reason of self-isolation for coronavirus.  If you are able to work from home, you should first complete the display screen risk assessment. You should follow the Public Health England guidance for self-isolating at home.

If you develop symptoms while you are self-isolating, please let your line manager know and also email staffhealth@qmul.ac.uk. Your absence will be treated as sickness absence and the University’s standard sickness absence reporting procedure will apply. Please see the Attendance Policy for further details.

 


No.

Absence due to self-isolation or coronavirus will be excluded from sickness absence triggers. Please see the Attendance Policy for further details.

 


If you need to self-isolate due to coronavirus, let your line manager know and also email staffhealth@qmul.ac.uk.

If you do not have symptoms, your absence will be treated as special paid leave. If you are able to work from home, you should first complete the display screen risk assessment.

If you have symptoms of the coronavirus, your absence will be treated as sickness absence and the University’s standard sickness absence reporting procedure will apply. Please see the Attendance Policy for further details. You should follow the Public Health England guidance for self-isolating at home.


The majority of staff should now be working from home. However, if you are still required to work on site, the University is offering two days special paid dependents’ leave to staff who need to make alternative childcare arrangements if their child’s school is closed due to coronavirus.

Beyond this, the University’s normal unpaid Dependents’ Leave Procedure applies.

Where staff are able to work remotely during this period, this should be discussed and agreed with the line manager.

 


Staff that are required to work from home on a temporary basis should assess their workstation as far as is reasonably practicable.

All staff are required to complete a workstation assessment on MySafety. The assessment asks staff to consider whether they are required to work from home and tailors the assessment accordingly. If you have not previously addressed working from home in your workstation assessment, you can review this and complete a new assessment. Guidance on how to do this on MySafety can be seen here. If you are unable to re-visit or complete your assessment online then you can access it here.

Top tips for using a laptop or tablet when working from home:-

In order to achieve a good working posture you should:

  • Sit at a table rather than on the sofa or in bed
  • Raise the laptop screen to eye level, using a laptop raiser
  • Attach a separate keyboard and mouse
  • Adopt a good sitting position in order to avoid straining wrists, arms, neck or back
  • Sit directly in front of your screen (i.e. avoid twisting positions)
  • Take regular breaks to stretch and stand up
  • Avoid glare and reflected light

Further information on the correct workstation setup can be seen here.  


Please refer to the University’s new webpages here.


It would be pragmatic to advise your immediate team that your colleague is self-isolating.  There is no need to share this information more widely than is necessary for daily operational activity.

People who think they may have been in contact with someone else who has coronavirus but have not yet developed symptoms themselves are not being told to self-isolate, although it would be sensible to avoid close contact with others.

Everyone can do their bit to prevent the spread of coronavirus by stopping non-essential contact with others and unnecessary travel.

 


This isn’t something we are offering as a University. However, if you are experiencing difficulties with your internet service, please speak to your line manager about the options available to you.


Any new starter who joins in these circumstances would be treated as any other member of staff. 

Sick pay provisions and special leave in the case of a need for self-isolation apply from day one as do all other provisions that have been set out.

We appreciate that in cases where new staff are self-isolating from day one of employment, there may be difficulties in setting up working from home arrangements. Line managers should take a pragmatic approach and may take advice from Human Resources where necessary.

 


As your trip has been cancelled you are able to cancel your annual leave. You should cancel your leave through MyHR.

However, please do consider still taking your annual leave. It is important that staff still take breaks from work, even when working remotely.

 

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