Posted March 23, 2020
The recent outbreak of Novel Coronavirus presents a significant challenge for health authorities and the community – and particularly for small business owners.
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic raises a number of important work health and safety (WHS) and workplace relations issues. These include:
- The importance of ensuring the health and safety of employees and others in the workplace
- Work health and safety issues to consider if employees are working from home
- The entitlements of employees when absent from work as a result of COVID-19
It essential for Members to keep up to date with health advice from the Federal and State Governments during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Governments’ advice is being regularly updated and Members should review it often. Also, the Australian Government and State Government have distributed a lot of materials to assist businesses to educate their employees about COVID-19 and the steps that everyone should take to reduce the risk of the virus spreading.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Australian Government has imposed travel restrictions on travellers arriving from overseas. From 16 March, all people travelling or returning to Australia will be required to self-isolate for 14 days, including Australian citizens. The Government’s travel advice is being regularly updated. Members should review the Government’s latest advice often to enable relevant company policies and practices about travel to be kept up to date.
HABA have published a number of fact sheets available to assist members to access all relevant information. This Member Advice is aimed at assisting Members to access relevant information. Members are urged to contact the HABA Advice Line to discuss any relevant workplace relations or work health and safety issues in their workplace.
Fact Sheet on Workplace Relations
Fact Sheet on the Health Advice from State and Federal Governments
Fact Sheet on Travel Advice
Fact Sheet on Workplace Health & Safety Recommendations
Fact Sheet on School closures and the meaning of an ‘unexpected emergency’ for personal/carer’s leave purposes
HABA Members can rest assured knowing that HABA will continue to update this post and ensure that our members are made aware of all changes and developments as they happen. Follow our Facebook page for more updates as we will be posting content to this platform regularly.
For more information or assistance, please contact the HABA Advice Line on 02 9221 9911, 8:30am – 5:30pm AEST Monday to Friday.
Please remember that any question specific to the needs of your business can be answered by one of our Industrial relations lawyers on our advice line. Please call (02) 9221 9911 and press option 1.
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