Our employee notice has been updated as a result of the latest Government announcement yesterday on Covid-19. This update is correct as of 19 March 2020. Please continue to view the company website to obtain updates throughout this difficult time.
Childcare and Dependency concerns
We are aware that the school closures will have a significant impact on our workforce. We are following Government guidelines with regards to parental/dependant leave. A ‘dependant’ generally means a spouse, civil partner, child, parent or a person living in the employee’s household as part of the family. Please see www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-51643556 and https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-51956279 for further information regarding school closures.
Employees who cannot get to work because of severe disruptions to public transport
It is possible that travel restrictions could be put in place, or public transport may be suspended, during a pandemic virus. Employees should make every effort to attend work in all circumstances and allow extra time for their journey, making alternative travel arrangements where appropriate.
We have put together a new policy specifically for Covid-19 however this should be read in conjunction with the related policies outlined in the document. These policies can be accessed via your line manager.
Employees and Resident Care
Please note that for employees working in the care homes, the advice contained in this note is accurate at time of release for any employee that becomes unwell. However, please ensure that, should any resident become unwell and be advised to self-isolate by their GP/111 employees should continue to be responsible for the care and support of the resident. Employees must strictly follow infection and prevention control measures and follow barrier nursing procedures when instructed to do so in order to protect themselves and the residents in the home. The senior team will keep continually updated and provide advice and guidelines to protect the staff and residents during this difficult time. We appreciate the ongoing support of all the teams in the care homes to manage every difficulty that may arises throughout this challenging time.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your ongoing support and ask for your understanding and compliance with the new measures announced, as we recognise that they may cause significant disruption.
Further updates will be communicated to you in due course as the government provides us with additional guidelines.
This update is correct as of 19 March 2020. Please keep in touch with your line manager for any changes.