30th September - Updated Guidance and FAQs on Working Arrangements During COVID-19

Hi all,

Attached for info is link to the DPER Guidance & FAQ’s which were further updated as of 28th September 2020https://www.gov.ie/en/news/092fff-update-on-working-arrangements-and-leave-associated-with-covid-19-fo/ . This document supercedes previous guidance and FAQ’s issued and it is important that everyone takes the time to read it.

The new and updated FAQ’s are:

  • Updated 1.1 – Who should attend the employer’s work premises?

Incorporates the Resilience & Recovery 2020-2021 doc and provisions re five levels and sets out the work-related information for each level – employer determines the essential roles which need to attend the workplace throughout the levels taking into account the differing requirements at each level – provision of services continues to be a priority for the public service – R&R Plan also identifies many public services as being essential at this time. Framework provides for home working to continue where possible – as and when deemed appropriate by the employer – must be balanced with requirement to continue to provide most effective and efficient services to public

  • Updated 1.6 – What happens if a colleague is diagnosed with COVID-19?

Contact Tracers will directly contact all relevant persons who have been in contact with a confirmed case, or person will be notified through COVID Tracker App – instructions of HSE should be followed and employee confidentiality essential at all times. Employees encouraged to download app – info included as part of contact tracing assessment

  • Updated 2.2 – What to do if any employee is identified as being at very high risk?

Employees should declare to employer if believe at very high risk – OH service should be consulted – should be facilitated to work from home to max extent possible – where not feasible may be assigned work outside usual core duties / given new role – employees in very high risk category who wish to return to work premises should contact HR for further info (will be dealt with in line with HR Advisory note)

  • Updated 3.6 – What is the process for return to the work premises after a positive case of COVID-19?

Relates to return to work premises … may return to working from home at earlier stage if feasible

  • Where individual has had positive test – employee needs to be 10 days post onset of symptoms and also 5 days fever free (which may run concurrently) before returning to workplace
  • Close contacts of confirmed case need to continue to restrict movements for 14 days (can take up to 14 days for symptoms to appear)
  • New 3.7 – What happens if an employee has had a negative rest for COVID-19?

Tested becausehad symptoms but negative test – continue to self isolate until have not had symptoms for 48hrs – can return to normal activities once 48 hrs without symptoms (does not apply to individuals who are close contacts of confirmed case – must restrict movements for 14 days even after negative test results)

  • New and updated – Section 6 and Appendix 3 re Temporary Assignments

Temporary Assignment Scheme (TAS) reactivated on 17th Sept following increase in cases – PAS continue to administer and may periodically issue detailed requests to orgs seeking employees who are deemed to be releasable in context bus continuity plan – range of provisions of scheme set out

HR Advisory Note also attached - content not included in the FAQs document but intended to assist HR with individual queries, should they arise. Relates to:

  1. Requests from employees to work abroad (other than where this a requirement of their role or otherwise in place and agreed by the employer)
  2. Requests from very high risk individuals to return to the workplace

This email will be uploaded to the Staff Extranet page for access by staff not on email.

Regards,

Aideen

Aideen McGovern | Senior Executive Officer | Human Resources
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