COVID-19: What You Should Do When You’re Scared To Return To Work

Posted May 19, 2020 by in Health + Fitness
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The government may say that the worst of the Coronavirus pandemic is finally over, but you’re not convinced. Until it’s safe to do so, you don’t want to return to work as you may put yourself, your loved ones, and your colleagues at risk.

However, refusal to go back into the office may result in your employer handing you your notice and figuring out ways to spend unemployment productively. Unfortunately, refusing to work is a sackable offense if you don’t have a valid reason, and being fearful of COVID-19 doesn’t count in most cases.

Thankfully, there are weapons at your disposal. Find out more by checking out the advice below:

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Prove That You Are Sick

During the crisis, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) was passed to provide more security for employers and employees. One thing that this act covers is workers who have had, or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. As long as the business is in the private sector and has fewer than five-hundred staff, they have to give you two-weeks of sick pay at your full rate.

So, it’s well worth researching the symptoms of the illness and scheduling an appointment with your doctor. If you have a note from a medical professional, it’s undeniable that you don’t need to return to the workplace for at least fourteen days.

Or A High-Risk Person

Coronavirus doesn’t affect everyone the same. While the majority of people only experience mild symptoms, and others none at all, some contract pneumonia and have difficulty breathing. The illness is particularly scary if you fall into the latter category because you’re high-risk.

The good news is that employees with a serious health problem can take up to three months’ leave. It’s unpaid, but it’s better than working in an environment where you are exposed and vulnerable.

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You aren’t at risk, nor are you sick, yet you can’t return to work because the schools are closed. As a result, there is nobody to watch over the kids while you’re at the office. Fortunately, this is enough for employees not to go into work, depending on the circumstances.

For example, you must have been at your current job for more than a month, and you mustn’t be able to work in any form (remote-based). If you hit this brief, you are entitled to twelve weeks paid leave at 66% of your standard rate. 

Talk To Your Boss

Although the COVID-19 crisis has been tough, everyone has pulled together and formed a community. There doesn’t feel as if there are as many divisions in society for the moment, and you should take advantage of this by being open and honest with your boss.

Tell him or her that you’re scared of returning to work because of the impact of the virus. At the least, they’ll reassure you with an explanation of the new safeguarding rules in place, or they may extend home-based working policies.

You’ll never know unless you ask.