In a nutshell: Quarantine, isolation, worker’s disability, working from home

wednesday 14. october 2020, 14:24

For UP employees

What exactly is quarantine? And can I work from home during quarantine?

Quarantine is understood as the separation of a healthy person who was in contact with a person infected with Covid-19 during its incubation period, or who spent time in an epicentre of the disease, from other people. Quarantine ends at the expiry of the period established by a general practitioner or the regional public health authorities.

During quarantine, an employee can work from home if the nature of their profession allows it and if the employee has written permission from their employer (work from home agreement).

The employee’s wages remain the same.

What exactly is isolation? And can I work from home during isolation?

Isolation is the state in which a person who has taken a PT-PCR test for the SARS-CoV-2 virus and tested positive should undergo, which means being isolated for a minimum length of 10 days from the date the sample which tested positive was taken.

During isolation, an employee can work from home, as long as their physical state (absence of symptoms) and the nature of their work allows it, and if they have written permission from their employer (work from home agreement).

The employee’s wages remain the same.

Who exactly determines worker’s disability – and when?

Worker’s disability is determined by a general practitioner in the case of an employee testing positive for Covid-19, or after the doctor has spoken to the employee about the necessity of quarantine. If the nature of the employee’s job and their state of health allows it, the employee should contact their employer about the possibility of working from home. If the nature of the employee’s job does not allow them to work from home, or if the employee prefers not to work from home, then worker’s disability goes into force.

In such a case, the employee will receive 60% of their average wages as worker’s compensation during the period of worker’s disability.

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