What to do if you or a member of your household are immune compromised
If you or a member of your household are immune compromised, both you and your manager have responsibilities.
- Supervisor/manager responsibilities
- Employee responsibilities
- Medical information not required
- Leave for employees who are immune compromised or have a member of the household who is immune compromised
- Shared responsibility to maintain a safe and healthy workplace
Supervisors and managers must:
- Request that the employee leave the workplace immediately
- Collect relevant information from the employee
- Protect the employee's personal information, including medical information
- Employee names should not be disclosed unless deemed necessary in the context of COVID-19
- Notify their immediate manager
- Identify an alternative employee to perform the employee's duties if necessary
- Remain in contact with the employee to stay informed of the employee's health status and help them feel connected and supported
- Follow the employee's medical practitioner's direction regarding the appropriate timing for the employee to return to work
- Notify your supervisor or manager immediately and provide your:
- Contact information
- Job functions
- Work location(s)
- Prepare to leave the workplace immediately
- Self-isolate, self-monitor for symptoms and seek medical and/or public health advice if symptoms appear, in accordance with public health direction
It is important for you to take care of yourself and others. You can:
- Get information on COVID-19: canada.ca/coronavirus
- Seek medical and public health advice on how to care for yourself and your family
- Continue the recommended hygiene practices and self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms
- Contact the Employee and Family Assistance Program for support as needed:
- Online: workhealthlife.com
- By phone:
- English: 1-844-880-9142
- French: 1-844-880-9143
- TTY: 1-877-338-0275
Medical information not required
Medical information or certification regarding your medical condition, or that of your household family member, is not required.
Your statement that you, or a member of your household, are immune compromised is sufficient to require you to leave the workplace.
Leave for employees who are immune compromised or have a member of the household who is immune compromised
If you are unable to work from home, you will be placed on Leave with Pay for Other Reasons (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)):
- report to the employer circumstances in the workplace likely to be hazardous to the health or safety of employees
- implement the recommended measures such as self-isolation to reduce transmission of the virus
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.
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