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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I have been asked to work in another role/in another location in this emergency situation. Do I have to do this?

Unless you are self-isolating or socially distancing due to pregnancy or being at higher risk from COVID-19 in line with government advice, under the Civil Contingences Act the Council can require employees to undertake reasonable alternative work in these emergency situations.  Should you unreasonably refuse such alternative work, you would be considered to be on unpaid leave of absence.

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