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Sick Leave and COVID-19 - 18 August 2021

Sick leave provisions are there to support the wellbeing of teachers and school leaders. We are aware that due to the COVID19 pandemic and associated lockdowns there has been an increased focus on staying at home when unwell.

It is essential that we follow medical advice and stay home, even when symptoms may be mild.

Not all teachers have large amounts of accrued sick leave (for varied reasons, but commonly, because of care arrangements). The state government’s pandemic directive outlines the additional paid leave available if flexible work is unable to be negotiated AND you have exhausted your sick leave balance (for your own health, or because of care responsibilities).

If you are at home because you are ill, and suspected of having the virus, or you are caring for someone who is ill (or suspected of having the virus) AND you have exhausted your accrued sick leave you have access to up to 20 days of paid special pandemic leave prior to needing to exhaust any other accrued leave (such as LSL).

If you are working from home, you are working remotely and therefore, not on leave.

If you fall ill while you are working from home, you should notify your school that you will be accessing sick leave. If your paid sick leave runs out, you can apply for special (paid) pandemic leave.

Similarly, if you are working from home and are required to care for a dependent or household member who becomes sick, you can access sick leave (carer’s leave) for family illness purposes.

For advice or assistance with matters relating to leave entitlements or to obtain a copy of the Leave Guide During the COVID 19 Health Pandemic please contact our Queensland Teachers’ Assist desk on 1300 11 7823 or email qtu@qtu.asn.au

You can also check out this article on sick leave from our Journal for more information:

www.qtu.asn.au/journal/queensland-teachers-journal-2021/queensland-teachers-journal-july-2021/sick-leave-headache-continues

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