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FAQs on work and leave arrangements for employees who test positive on the COVID-19 ART but are physically well

Find out about the work and leave arrangements for employees who test positive on the COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test (ART) but are physically well.

For employers

My employee received multiple consecutive ART-positive results but is still physically well. Do they need to do a confirmatory Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test so that they can return to the workplace?Show

A confirmatory PCR is not necessary unless your employee develops symptoms.

You should allow your employee to continue to work from home during self-isolation. If working from home is not possible, you should treat the period of absence from work as paid sick leave.

Your employee will end their self-isolation after they get an ART-negative result.

My employee does not have sufficient paid sick leave to cover the period of self-isolation. Can they be placed on no-pay leave?Show

You should exercise compassion and flexibility in supporting the needs of your employees.

Every employee who has at least 3 months of service is entitled to up to 60 days of paid sick leave, including hospitalisation leave, which should generally be sufficient to cover self-isolation.

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