COVID-19 general FAQs for members

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FAQs for Te Whatu Ora members during the COVID-19 crisis

Voluntary self isolation and leave


Can I be required to take sick leave if I don’t have COVID-19 symptoms but have recently looked after an individual or family/whānau who fulfil the case definition of COVID-19?


If your employer has required you to stand-down and you are symptom-free and willing to work you may be entitled to paid special leave or other some other leave (preferably sick, or domestic rather than annual leave).

If you are symptom-free but choose to self-isolate in this situation and your employer has duties available for you in the workplace, you may be required to take unpaid leave unless alternatives can be agreed with your employer.