There are a variety of national and regional restrictions in place aimed at reducing the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the community.
Failure to adhere to these restrictions by individual employees can put colleagues and service users at risk. Examples of this are as follows:
- Reporting to a workplace when required to self-isolate. Whilst in some instances individuals may be able to work from home, employees should not physically report to their workplace if they are required to self-isolate because they or a household member is symptomatic/has tested positive or they have been asked to self-isolate by a NHS contact tracer.
- Physically reporting to the workplace during a period where they are required to quarantine following a trip abroad.
- Failure to follow relevant restrictions under the Scottish Government's Coronavirus (COVID-19): Scotland's Strategic Framework. This includes actions outwith the workplace which may make them unavailable for work or put their colleagues/service users at risk. An example of this may be being unavailable for work because of having breached the Government's restrictions on household gatherings, car sharing etc.
- Failure to adhere to coronavirus (COVID-19) health & safety measures in line with relevant coronavirus (COVID-19) risk assessments for their work area, eg wearing face coverings.
In the first instance, the matter should be raised with the employee and clarification of the guidance explained. Where appropriate a counselling session can be arranged, with the guidance that needs to be applied confirmed in writing.
Where an employee refuses to comply with the guidance in place or continually breaches the guidance, putting other employees, clients, customers or pupils at risk, the matter should be investigated formally in line with the Council's Disciplinary Policy.
- Disciplinary policy
If you have any questions on how best to deal with a situation such as this, contact your service HR contacts for advice.