Covid-19 - Shielding a Vulnerable Person
Further to Bulletin 67,
members have reported problems with accessing the link to the agreed text
on Covid 19 and shielding of ‘extremely vulnerable’ people. This may have
caused some confusion around what has been jointly agreed with BT. In order
to clarify this we have set out below the full agreed text of the process
to be followed when shielding an extremely vulnerable person.
The Union nationally has
been in consultation with BT Group to try and resolve the recent confusion
associated with the carers of extremely vulnerable people and shielding
For anyone who lives
with an extremely vulnerable person, family member or child and feels that
they need to be at home then the criteria below should be used.
In the first instance,
you should raise the issue with your direct line manager and provide them
with the evidence detailed below. You will be able to agree how you can protect
the safety and wellbeing of extremely vulnerable people you live with.
If you cannot resolve
the matter with your manager, you should seek advice from your local CWU
Anyone identified as
high risk should follow Public Health England or Scotland, Wales or
Northern Ireland equivalent guidance to shield. BT are asking all members
to be as flexible as possible by considering options such as:
whether it would be best to take annual leave (as detailed in the criteria
attendance patterns or the nature of work
Where this cannot be
achieved any BT Group employee who is unable to work will be supported to
stay at home and shield. In these circumstances BT Group will:
to pay you in full for the days that you need to stay at home during the
shielding period. This will be a combination of special leave and annual
leave (as per the section below).
will not count as sick leave.
BT Group will ask for
you to provide evidence that demonstrates you have no reasonable
alternative but to shield, so you will need to share any relevant
documentation. Examples of documentation include a letter from the
government or a letter from your GP.
The link below gives you
more information and advice on shielding.
Whilst you are
shielding you should;
touch with your manager throughout your isolation period.
home where possible.
to consider whether there’s another way BT can support you to continue
working e.g. where work becomes available through rebalancing of CFU
priorities, which enables you to work from home
The annual leave
For every 4 complete
consecutive weeks paid special leave that you take due to the coronavirus
situation, you’ll need to take 2 of these days as annual leave (pro-rated
for part timers). This is broadly your pro-rated monthly annual leave
entitlement and is a condition of the paid special leave being approved.
So, a colleague taking 0-3 weeks paid special leave would have 0
annual leave days deducted, someone taking 4-7 weeks paid special
leave would have 2 annual leave days deducted, and someone with 8 - 11
weeks would have 4 days deducted etc
Depending on the absence
system you’re using, record the absence as follows…
-Fusion HR system
- paid special leave. In the comments give ‘coronavirus (self-isolation)’
as a reason.
- Paid Leave
Self-isolation - Virus isolation
-ESS/MSS – Paid
BT Group does not expect
you to book the annual leave days, the last 2 days of each 4 week special
leave period will be recorded as holiday and adjusted in the system
automatically on your return to work.