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.
The Council recognises that the current situation is exceptional and can give rise to additional caring requirements for children and other dependants.
A dependant is classed as an individual residing within the same household as you for whom you are responsible for their care arrangements.
The Council has decided that given the exceptional nature of the present situation, you may be granted paid special leave whilst you are unable to attend work due to caring responsibilities. This would be on the basis that all other reasonable options have been exhausted including:
1. Working from home if possible.
2. Exploring if caring responsibilities could be shared with someone in your household.
3. Making alternative working arrangements with your manager to fit in childcare or caring for a dependent with work. e.g. change of hours, role or location.
4. Accessing key worker childcare if you are eligible.
These options should be discussed with you by your manager.
You should note that it is a reasonable expectation that where the above arrangements may not facilitate you being able to work your full, normal hours, you will be expected to work as much of your normal working hours as possible within these arrangements. Where having explored all of the above options and you remain unable to work your normal hours (either fully or in part), special paid leave of absence will be granted so that you continue to receive your normal pay.