What happens if I exhaust my Personal/Sick Leave before accessing COVID-19 leave, if I am diagnosed with COVID?
If you have exhausted your Personal/Sick Leave, you are able to access your paid COVID-19 leave entitlement of five non-cumulative days.
In compelling circumstances, an employer may provide you with additional COVID-19 leave if you are unable to attend work because of testing positive to COVID-19.
In determining whether compelling circumstances exist, relevant considerations may include whether the employer considers the employee is likely to have contracted COVID-19 while performing their duties.
As stated in the Circular at 17, if you have exhausted all paid COVID-19 leave entitlements, you may choose to access other paid leave entitlements you have, or work remotely with agreement from your employer.