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Coronavirus (Covid-19) - Staff - Frequently Asked Questions

The Coronavirus pandemic has led to many sudden changes in the way we lead our day to day lives. There is a great deal of information – and indeed mis-information – circulating and we recognise this is a difficult time for all.

The purpose of this guidance is to clarify how Orkney Islands Council staff should act during this outbreak. This guidance is designed to inform and work alongside the Council’s local business continuity plans and resilience arrangements. The FAQ’s are being reviewed and updated on a frequent basis.

Current HR policies and terms and conditions of employment remain in place, but may be amended in future if necessary.

If you can't find what you need here, advice can also be found on the NHS Inform website.

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The service I am working in is closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak and I have been asked to work elsewhere. Will the Council cover any excess travel costs for this?

Yes. In line with normal procedures your will be able to make an expense claim for excess travel costs. Ask your manager for further guidance on how to do this if you are unsure.

Council Excess Travel (COVID-19)

Where an employee’s normal place of work has been relocated by over 5 miles, the additional distance to and from their home to their new place of work shall be paid for the duration of the temporary change. Mileage is claimed at the standard normal mileage rate.

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