The LTF Group has provided a useful Infographic on the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The infographic is meant to create awareness and reduce possible panic that may be caused by misinformation or lack of information.
LTF recommends that businesses consider the following possible approach to managing communication with employees:
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Employees should ideally be informed to advise their managers if they have travelled or returned from travelling outside of South Africa and Africa in the last 14 days and/or if they had been in contact with a family member or friend that has travelled or returned from travelling outside of South Africa and Africa in the last 14 days.
These employees should be monitored closely and if they report or present any of the symptoms included in the Infographic, should they be allowed to seek medical attention. In these instances, the company must only allow the employees to report back to work with a medical certificate indicating that they are fit for duty.
The normal sick leave Policy and Procedure should apply in all instances, only when an employee presents a medical certificates indicating that they are unfit for duty and cannot be present at work should management in consultation with HR consider how best to address the matter and where necessary should expert medical assistance/opinion be obtained.