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What to do if you exhibit symptoms of COVID-19

If you are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, both you and your manager have responsibilities.

Supervisor/manager responsibilities

Supervisors and managers must:

Employee responsibilities

You must:

It is important for you to take care of yourself and others. You can:

Medical information on COVID-19 diagnosis required

Under normal circumstances, you would not be asked to provide the CFIA with specific medical information.

Given the exceptional circumstance of a global pandemic and in the interest of public health, information on the spread of COVID-19 needs to be tracked. Both you and the employer have responsibilities for maintaining a safe and healthy workplace under the Canada Labour Code.

Therefore, you should report to your manager if you are diagnosed with COVID-19, if you are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 in the workplace, if you were in the workplace while infected or potentially infected, and whether you travelled internationally in the last 14 days.

This information will be shared with those who need to know, including the ICS, so they can take preventive measures to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Leave for employees who are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19

If you are ill, you should submit leave upon your return to work.

If you are unable to work from home, you will be placed on Leave With Pay for Other Reasons (LWP – Other, Code 699).

Shared responsibility to maintain a safe and healthy workplace

Employees share responsibility with the CFIA to maintain a safe and healthy workplace (Canada Labour Code, II 1265(1)).

Employees must:

Refusal to take the preventative measures requested by the employer may be considered insubordination and result in disciplinary action.

Managers may contact their Labour Relations Advisor, Area Occupational Health and Safety Coordinator/Advisor or Lab Safety Coordinator for additional guidance, if an employee refuses to leave the workplace in accordance with the recommended preventive measures.

With regard to notifying other individuals who work at the same workplace(s), the manager must:

If the exposed employee was working in a shared workplace with other employers (e.g., third-party establishment), it is the responsibility of the other employers to inform their employees of the need for decontamination. The manager may advise the establishment that a CFIA employee who may have been exposed to COVID-19 attended its location, and to contact the local public health authority for guidance.

Who to inform

Because the employee exhibited symptoms of COVID-19 in the workplace, the manager must notify the necessary contacts to trigger the cleaning required:

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