COVID-19 VIU Employee Leave Protocol

Working During COVID-19 - Update August 25, 2021

COVID-19 Information Sources

Employees are encouraged to review the latest information at the following sources:

These sources are updated regularly and employees are encouraged to check back often.

Attendance at work during COVID-19

  1. If you are not able to work your regular schedule due to childcare responsibilities, your manager will provide flexible work arrangements if possible. If you are unable to work under the flexible arrangements, your manager will discuss the options of the use of vacation time or unpaid leave. 
  2. If you are asymptomatic and believe you may have been exposed to COVID-19 by having contact with a person with a confirmed case or presumptive case you should contact 8-1-1, your primary care provider, or local health office, and follow direction given by those sources. If you are directed by medical authorities to self-isolate for 14 days while self-monitoring for symptoms the following will apply:
    1. If your position is such that it is feasible to work from home, please make such arrangements with your manager.
    2. If you are in a role that is not feasible to work from home, please contact your manager and you will be placed on leave with pay for the duration of the recommended isolation period.
  3. If you are unwell, you should not be working and should recuperate at home on sick leave. This not only allows you to get well, but also protects other employees and students. Please ensure you contact your manager so you can be placed on the sick leave report. 
  4. If you have received a positive COVID-19 test result, please follow the directions of Island Health and self-isolate for the required duration. If your role allows you to work from home, please make those arrangements with your manager. If you cannot work from home during self-isolation, you will be placed on sick leave for the duration of the self-isolation period.
  5. If you are experiencing cold or flu-like symptoms, you should not attend on-campus work. If you feel well enough and your position allows you to work from home during this period, please make arrangements with your manager. If you are not well enough or unable to work from home, your time will be counted as sick leave.
  6. If you have medical confirmation that due to your medical condition you should not attend work on campus (i.e. if the request for an accommodation is for preventative reasons, such as high risk due to existing medical conditions), you may explore your options under the Flexible Work Guidelines. If it is not possible for you to work from home, please speak with your HR Advisor as you may be able to request vacation time and/or unpaid leave.
  7. If you are the primary caregiver for an immunocompromised family member, and have reviewed all the safety protocols and still perceive the risk to be too high, please speak with your HR Advisor as you may be able to request vacation time and/or unpaid leave. You may also explore your options under the Flexible Work Guidelines.

Precautions

It is important that we all help prevent the spread of any infections by:

  • Washing our hands on a regular basis with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. You can also use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
  • Staying home when sick.
  • Covering a cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in the trash or cough and sneeze into your elbow.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Avoiding travel to affected areas and/or coming into contact with infected or potentially infected people.
  • Following official public health and medical advice closely.