Terms and Conditions

1) Annual leave

 

1. Where annual leave falls during a period where our members are not able to attend for work due to showing symptoms or are self-isolating, in compliance with Government guidance, because someone in their household has symptoms they should be treated as sick and entitled to take their leave at a later date.

 

2. Where annual leave falls during a period where our members covered by the Government guidance on shielding and protecting people who are defined on medical grounds as being extremely vulnerable from Coronavirus who have been advised by their GP or NHS representative to self-isolate they may be treated as being on leave.

 

3. Where annual leave falls during a period where our members who are covered by the Government guidance of being at an increased risk who are able to remain at work safely and it is then deemed that they should self-isolate they may be treated as being on leave.

 

Further details are contained in the Rail Industry Coronavirus Forum (RICF) - Emergency Working Principles.

 

 

2) Pregnant members

The TUC has recently published a guidance document on supporting pregnant workers during the COVID crisis which can be found here.

 

Pregnant workers are classed as vulnerable and as such employers have a duty of care to protect them and the unborn child. As our female members do not have the ability to work from home we have suggested some best practice guidance.

 

We advise that best practice is that:

 

a)  Members who are pregnant should be stood down from work on full pay until it is safe for them to return.

 

b)  Members who are pregnant should not be placed on sick leave as this will have implications for maternity pay calculations.

 

c)  Members who are pregnant can only be furloughed on the same terms and conditions as other non-pregnant workers.

 

 

3) Members over seventy

Any members over the age of 70 are strongly advised not to attend work and are to self-isolate in line with government advice. Any member doing so will have the full support of ASLEF.

 

 

4) Vulnerable persons (shielding)

It is recommended that those members who have been classed as vulnerable or pregnant members who are required to return to work should undergo an Individual risk assessment to ensure that it is safe for them to do so.


 

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