Shown below are examples of possible scenarios that may arise as a result of Covid-19 and how DHBs would determine what leave is available to employees.

The table below is part of the current DHB guidelines document which can be found here.

Please note if you work from home you will be paid as normal working time.

SCENARIO
EMPLOYEE ASYMPTOMATIC/
NO SYMPTOMS
EMPLOYEE SYMPTOMATIC/
SICK
(EMPLOYEE SHOULD BE APPROPRIATELY 
ASSESSED TO CONFIRM CoV-19 AS PER MoH 
HEALTH PROFESSIONAL ADVICE.)

Employee is symptomatic and
may have been exposed to
COVID-19.

N/A

Sick Leave
Employee requested to self-isolate.

Note: Isolation requirements will
be clinically informed and
changed as the situation and
MOH advice evolves.

Working from Home/Special Leave

Special Leave to be paid for the first 14
days self-isolation period.
Staff member may work from home if
these arrangements are
suitable.

Where the employee becomes
symptomatic/sick while in self-isolation;

Special leave for the 14-day isolation period 
thereafter sick leave

Refer to relevant MECA/SECA/IEA
Employee requested by DHB to
self-isolate for incubation
period after not following
advice e.g. not following MOH
or MFAT travel advisory.
As special leave does not apply we will look 
at options relating to Working from Home/
Annual Leave or Unpaid Leave

Sick Leave
Refer to relevant MECA/SECA/IEA

Employee is potentially exposed
to COVID-19 during the course of
their work.

Special Leave may be available where the 
exposure can be directly linked to
an employee’s work.
Sick Leave/Special Leave

Special Leave may be available
where the exposure can be
directly linked to an employee’s
work.

Children or dependant required
to isolate

Discussion by Manager with
Employee to seek agreement on
working from home if suitable

Working from home or Annual Leave

Sick Leave if either Employee or Dependent
becomes symptomatic and requires care.

Refer to relevant MECA/SECA/IEA

Employee prevented from
returning to the country
through border controls.
Please contact your manager 
to discuss your leave options.

Leave may be granted for up to14 days
after which we will review your situation 
with you and may request you to take
other types of leave.

Sick Leave

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