COMMUNITY EXPOSURES AND PTO (from email update - Aug. 10, 2020)
QUESTION: I went to a friend’s birthday party and now I’m positive for COVID-19 and need to quarantine. I don’t want to use my PTO because I’m saving it for the holiday season. Is it okay if I just take this time UNPAID or do I have to use my PTO?
ANSWER: Yes, you can take this time as UNPAID. When any employee is quarantined from a community exposure, the employee can CHOOSE to take the time they are quarantined and off work as UNPAID time, OR they can use their PTO balance. It is the employee’s choice.
QUESTION: I traveled abroad and now Occ Health told me I have to quarantine. Prior to my travels, I was working from home. My boss supports me working from home and I’m able to do my job completely from home. Do I have to take PTO while I’m home quarantining or can I receive my regular pay?
ANSWER: If you are feeling well enough to work your normal job and productivity is not an issue, you can quarantine at home, work your job and you will receive your regular rate of pay. You will NOT have to use your PTO in this situation.
REVISED STEPS FOR RETURNING TO WORK
AFTER EXPOSURE TO COVID-19
Updated July 21, 2020
There has been a revision to the new 10-day process for when Cook Children’s employees can return to work. Changes are noted in yellow below.
To ensure the health and safety of our employees, patients and families, Cook Children’s has a NEW process in place for when Cook Children’s employees and staff can return to work following a COVID-19 exposure. Here is the information you need to know:
A Cook Children’s employee may return to his/her workplace after an Occupational Health exit interview, when one of the following has occurred: