COVID – 19 POLICY


1. Background

Stalione Group is committed to ensuring, as far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare of the working environment for its team members in accordance with its duty of care and obligations under applicable State based occupational health and safety legislation. 

Stalione Group’s decisions involving persons who have communicable diseases will be based on current and well-informed medical judgments concerning the disease in question, the risks of transmitting the illness to others, the symptoms and special circumstances of each individual who has a communicable disease, and a careful weighing of the identified risks and the available alternative for responding to an employee with a communicable disease. 

This is particularly the case when a communicable disease develops into a pandemic, and creates increased risks to our team members, and the wider community. 

The World Health Organisation (WHO) declared on 11/03/2020 that COVID-19 was a pandemic. 

The purpose of this Policy is to set out Stalione Group’s approach to health and safety within the workplace in relation to the outbreak of communicable viruses and diseases which reach pandemic status. 

In this Policy, “workplace” includes attendances at all locations in which the team members are required to perform their official duties. This Policy applies to all team members. 

Stalione Group’s Commitment 

2. Stalione Group: 

  1. supports the rights of all team members to work in an environment that is, so far as is reasonably practicable, safe and without risks to health or safety; 
  2. commits to connecting and consulting with all team members in relation to pandemics to ensure the resolution of any occupational health and safety issues; and 
  3. commits to slowing the spread of pandemics, in particular so that the most vulnerable members of the community are protected. 

3. Responsibilities 

Global HR Partner will be responsible for ensuring the health, safety and welfare of all team members by taking all reasonable steps to: 

  1. help its team members to reduce their exposure to the pandemic; 
  2. deliver current Government Department health information in relation to the pandemic, including relevant symptoms, methods to avoid exposure etc.; 
  3. encourage and help those team members that have reason to believe that they 
  4. have, or may have, contracted the pandemic, to obtain a diagnosis from a medical practitioner; 
  5. support team members to take reasonable safety measures to prevent contraction of the pandemic; 
  6. where appropriate – provide standard precautions such as personal protective equipment (e.g. hand sanitiser, soap, gloves etc.); 
  7. where appropriate – continue to operate as normal throughout the period of concern; and 
  8. ensure that any premises which are controlled by Stalione Group are safe and without risk to health or safety. 

Managers will: 

  1. commit to the provision and maintenance of a healthy and safe workplace; 
  2. discuss and participate in the health and safety program; 
  3. use risk identification, assessment and control principles to reach Stalione Group’s health and safety objectives; 
  4. inform, and where appropriate train, all team members in relation to this Policy and their health and safety obligations; and 
  5. partake in Stalione Group’s instructions and implement all safety procedures.  

Team members must: 

  1. take reasonable care for their own health and safety; 
  2. take reasonable care for the health and safety of people who are at the place of work and who may be affected by the team member’s acts or omissions at work; 
  3. frequently and thoroughly clean their hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water; 
  4. avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth, or shaking hands with others as much as possible; 
  5. cooperate with Stalione Group, and follow any of its directions, in so far as is necessary to enable compliance with any requirement under occupational health and safety laws and/or this Policy; 
  6. cover their mouth and nose with a tissue when they cough or sneeze, and disposing of used tissues immediately. If they do not have a tissue, use their bent elbow; 
  7. stay home if they feel unwell. If they are well enough to work but would like to minimize the risk of infecting others, ask their manager whether they can temporarily work from home; 
  8. immediately notify their manager if they believe that they may have contracted the pandemic, or been in direct contact with someone that has contracted the pandemic; and 
  9. seek medical advice promptly if they believe they have contracted the pandemic, and follow these directions. 

4. Leave 

Subject to the National Employment Standards and any applicable Modern Award or Enterprise Agreement, Stalione Group will discuss leave options with an employee that is: 

  1. unwell; 
  2. unable to get to work for any reason (including in relation to travel restrictions); 
  3. directed by Stalione Group to obtain a medical certificate or not come into the workplace; and/or 
  4. is required to self-isolate or be in quarantine, 
  5. their ability to work from home and/or whether they would like to take annual leave, personal leave and/or unpaid leave for the period they are not able to carry out their regular duties. 
  6. Stalione Group will genuinely consider any feedback from the employee and then make a determination as to following steps. The employee agrees to follow any determination made by Stalione Group. 

We note that: 

  1. subject to any applicable Modern Award or Enterprise Agreement, if an employee is directed to obtain a medical certificate by Stalione Group, but is otherwise feeling well, the employee will be paid for their normal working hours up until the test results are obtained; and 
  2. this Policy takes precedent over any existing Leave Policy implemented by Stalione Group. 

5. Work from home 

Stalione Group will consider all employee requests to work from home, or from another location (away from the workplace) (off-site). Stalione Group will then confirm in writing whether the request is accepted or not. 

This policy is supplemented with Stalione Group work from home policy. See Stalione Group work from home policy. 

At any time, Stalione Group may direct one or more of its employees to work from home, or off-site. The affected employees agree to follow any such direction, and when requested: 

  1. provide daily/periodic updates to a specified person as to their current health and well being; 
  2. ensure their work space is conducive to working 
  3. remain contactable and available to undertake work as reasonably directed during the applicable period; and 
  4. perform tasks not ordinarily performed by the employee in the ordinary course of their duties, but which are reasonable, fall within their general skills and experience and can be undertaken remotely. For example, this may include lower priority administrative tasks, online learning and development activities etc. 

6. Breach 

Any breach of this Policy by a team member may result in counselling and/or disciplinary action, including termination of employment or cessation of engagement.