Covid-19 FAQs – What are my rights?

For ease of reference this page is split into sections and hyperlinked.  As it is updated new updates will be highlighted.

If your specific question is not answered please email HQ@theISU.co.uk

 

Index

Q1 I am Shielding. What does this mean for my pay and Conditions?

Q2 I live with someone who is shielding.  What can I do?

Q3 I am in a group listed as vulnerable, but not needing to shield. What about me?

Q4 I live with someone who is vulnerable but not shielded.

Q5 I am pregnant what should I do?

Q6 My Partner is pregnant, what should I do?

Q7 I am fit to work but have children at home, what can I do?

Q8 I am classed as Vulnerable / shielded but I want to work. Can they force me not to?

Q9 I have been sent home because there isn’t any work for me to do. Can they do that?

Q10 Can they force me to work from home?

Q11 Do I have to take part in dial-ins

Q12 I am signed off long term sick. Can I sign back on and go onto Special leave?

Q13 Can I be furloughed?

Q14 I am fit to work but there is no priority work…can I go home?

Q15 Other teams have been sent home but mine has not. What can I do?

Q16 I’ve been in work throughout and I am worried about running out of AHW hours…

Q17 I want to cancel leave but have been told I can’t.

Q18I’ve been instructed to take leave and I don’t want to

Q19 Can I wear a facemask / face shield  / gloves?

Q20 The Unit has run out of gloves / sanitizer etc?

Q21 I’m struggling with my mental health, where can I get help?

Q22 Can I be deployed to another location?

Q23 Can I be compelled to work other than what I was recruited for?

Q24 Can I take volunteering leave?

Q25 The port I work at has closed, what will happen to me?

Q26 I am working from home, can I claim money?

Q27 I normally have reasonable adjustments in place, can I be forced to work from home?

Q28 Do I have to work fixed hours from home?

 

 

Q1:  I am Shielding.  What does this mean for my pay and conditions?

If you can work from home you may be asked to do so; but if not you will be placed on paid special leave.  If shielding is extended beyond 12 weeks you may be asked to undertake detached duty to an entirely home based role; suitable IT and Training will be provided.

For a full list of those considered to be extremely vulnerable / needing to shield click here

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19

For information on basic_pay_and_shift_based_allowances

For impact on SDA weekend working

For impacts on AHW rosters and hours

 

Q2:  I live with someone who is shielding. What can I do?

At the moment staff who live with someone who is shielding are being allowed to work from home or placed on paid special leave.  If the shielding requirement extends beyond the first 12 weeks this may be reviewed.

For information on basic_pay_and_shift_based_allowances

For impact on SDA weekend working

For impacts on AHW rosters and hours

 

Q3:  I am in a group listed as Vulnerable; but not as needing to shield. What about me?

At the moment staff who are suffer from any of the conditions listed as vulnerable are being asked to work from home. If you cannot work from home you will be placed on paid special leave; but if this continues that position might be reviewed.

For a full list of conditions which are  considered to be vulnerable click here

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people/guidance-on-social-distancing-for-everyone-in-the-uk-and-protecting-older-people-and-vulnerable-adults

For information on basic_pay_and_shift_based_allowances

For impact on SDA weekend working

For impacts on AHW rosters and hours

 

Q4: I live with someone who is vulnerable but not shielded.

At the moment staff who are living with someone who is vulnerable are usually allowed to work from home or granted paid special leave; but there is provision in policy for you to be asked to attend work if necessary.  This is something to keep under review with your line manager; make sure you speak to an ISU rep if you have concerns.

For information on basic_pay_and_shift_based_allowances

For impact on SDA weekend working

For impacts on AHW rosters and hours

 

Q5: I am pregnant.  What should I do?

Pregnant women are currently considered as vulnerable because there is limited scientific evidence on whether or not CV19 can be transmitted to the baby.  You must be either allowed to work from home or placed on paid special leave.

For information on basic_pay_and_shift_based_allowances

For impact on SDA weekend working

For impacts on AHW rosters and hours

 

Q6:  My Partner is pregnant. What should I do?

At the moment concerned partners of women who are pregnant are being allowed to work from home or given paid special leave.  (This is likely to also apply to partners of women who have recently given birth).  But as with the provisions for those who are living with vulnerable people there is provision to require you to attend work if necessary and this will be kept under review.  Make sure you contact your ISU rep if you have any concerns.

For information on basic_pay_and_shift_based_allowances

For impact on SDA weekend working

For impacts on AHW rosters and hours

 

Q7:  I am fit to work but have children at home. What can I do?

Most ISU members are classed as key workers and as such my still be able to access the school system.  If you are not able to access the school system, or if you choose not to you may still be allowed to work from home.  If you can’t work from home you may also be able to take your annual leave or unpaid parental leave.  The first thing to do is speak to your line manager and ask your local ISU rep for help. At the moment managers are being quite flexible.

 

Q8: I am classed as vulnerable / shielded etc. but I want to work.  Can they force me not to?

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