Minimising the spread of COVID-19 is crucial, part of this is achieved by keeping employees safe and well at work. This should be done before thinking about the interests of the business or organisation.
Employers have obligations pursuant to the Work Health and Safety legislation to ensure the health and safety of its staff. Similarly, staff have obligations to ensure their own health and safety and the reasonable health and safety of others. If your employee suspects they may have COVID-19, they should be directed to notify their supervisor at the earliest possible opportunity.
It is important to categorise employees as follows:
No COVID-19 risk – meaning the employee can work as usual.
COVID-19 risk and the employee cannot work – meaning the employee should be placed on sick leave to attend to their health.