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COVID-19 (Waypoint)

Contents

Exposure to COVID-19

If you have symptoms or tested positive

If someone in your household has symptoms or tested positive

Returning to the workplace

Alternative work arrangements

If you require different or further flexibility

Health and safety in the workplace

Masks and face coverings

Vaccination

Other health and safety measures

If you have questions or need assistance


Exposure to COVID-19

If you have symptoms or tested positive:

  • you should inform your manager, and
  • stay home until all of the following apply to you:
    • your symptoms have been improving for at least 24 hours (or 48 hours if you had nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea),
    • you do not have a fever, and
    • you do not develop any additional symptoms.

You must use sick days or attendance credits to cover your time away from the workplace.

For 10 days after your symptoms started, you must:

  • wear a well-fitted mask in all public settings
  • avoid non-essential activities where you need to take off your mask
  • avoid non-essential visits to anyone who is immunocompromised or may be at higher risk of illness
  • avoid non-essential visits to high-risk settings, such as hospitals and long-term care homes.

If someone in your household has symptoms or tested positive:

Self-isolation is no longer required for asymptomatic individuals who have received a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

If someone in your household has symptoms or tested positive for COVID-19, use the Government of Ontario guidance to confirm if you need to isolate.

If you must self-isolate:

If you do not need to self-isolate, you can seek flexibility from your manager to work remotely while your household contact is required to isolate.


Returning to the workplace

Alternative work arrangements

Alternative work arrangements, such as compressed work weeks and flexible hours, are still in use in many workplaces, teams, and units. They can be a useful tool to help you achieve better work/life balance.

If you were on an alternative work arrangement and it was suspended, you can ask to have it reinstated at any time. If you have not had an alternative work arrangement, you can request one at any time.

Learn more in our fact sheet on alternative work arrangements »

If you require different or further flexibility

If you require flexibility beyond what an alternative work arrangement can offer (for example, if you have a health condition that makes you more vulnerable to COVID-19, if you have a dependent who is immunocompromised, or other family-related responsibilities), you can request further flexibility from your manager.

Starting the process is easy:

1. Reach out to your manager to set up a conversation related to flexible working arrangements and your reason(s) for it. If you do not make this request via email, be sure to record the date and make personal notes of each conversation.

2. There are many ways to start this conversation. Some examples include:

  • “I am experiencing challenges with returning to the workplace and balancing childcare obligations.”

  • “I feel that I am struggling with feelings of isolation during remote work.”

  • “I am concerned about returning to the workplace because I have a health condition that makes me particularly vulnerable to COVID-19.”

  • “It would help if…”

3. During the conversation, identify the challenge(s) and the arrangement you seek. You may be presented with an alternative or be expected to talk through another possible solution.

4. If you feel you might like support for this conversation, please feel free to contact an AMAPCEO Workplace Representative at Waypoint.

5. If you and your manager cannot agree on a more flexible arrangement, or if you require more flexibility than your Employer can offer, it may be necessary to seek a more formal accommodation. Contact an AMAPCEO Workplace Representative at Waypoint for this.


Health and safety in the workplace

Masks and face coverings

Check your workplace policy. AMAPCEO encourages you to continue to wear them until you are personally comfortable.

Masks may still be a public health requirement in certain situations, for instance, if you have recently recovered from COVID-19 or are a close contact of someone with COVID-19.

If you work in healthcare or a laboratory setting, you may be required to wear additional or different personal protective equipment (PPE).

Vaccination

AMAPCEO strongly encourages you to get vaccinated and get your boosters as you are eligible.

Other health and safety measures

AMAPCEO Health and Safety Representatives are helping to assess whether local workplaces are complying with public health best practices, including increasing ventilation and safer HVAC operation.

If you have questions or concerns about your workplace, please contact an AMAPCEO Health & Safety Representative.

If you are in the workplace and feel you are in an unsafe situation, make your manager aware of the circumstance immediately, then notify an AMAPCEO Health & Safety Representative and/or an AMAPCEO Workplace Representative as soon as possible.


If you have questions or need assistance

Please contact an AMAPCEO Workplace Representative at Waypoint.

Workplace Representatives are trained union members who have volunteered to confidentially assist members like you in the workplace. They should be your first point of contact in seeking information and representation with an issue at work.

Fact Sheet

Bargaining Unit: Waypoint

First Published: November 9, 2022

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