CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19

Here you can find answers to work-related questions in connection with coronavirus. If you have any further questions, please contact your immediate supervisor. For more information please click here (in Danish).


General Information

If you have a Covid-19 infection and your Covid passport is invalid

If you have been infected with Covid-19, your Covid passport will remain invalid for fourteen after you have tested positive. If you in accordance with the health authorities' guidelines may end your self-isolation period earlier, you can after a dialogue with your immediate manager resume work.

You must present a valid Covid passport

As of Monday 29 November 2021, all employees at Aarhus University are required to present valid Covid passport. The reason for this is the need to limit the spread of infection with Covid-19, as Covid-19 is again categorised as a socio-critical disease.

If you are exempted from the requirement for coronavirus for medical reasons, you must be able to present documentation of this in the form of a statement from the Citizen Service Centre in your residence municipality.

It is your immediate supervisor who performs random checks of Covid passport.

Read more at the AU website.

Can Covid-19 test be during working hours?

If it is required that you have to be tested in connection with attendance on campus, the test will generally be during your normal working hours, and the time spent should be registered as such. 

If you have to be tested for reasons other than it is required for attendance on campus, the test will be in your spare time.

Read more about Covid-19 test here.

Will the vaccination against Covid-19 be during working hours

As a rule, vaccination against Covid-19 should take place outside working hours, see the rules for medical appointments.  

What should I do if I get sick?

As usual, you should notify your manager of illness and absence in accordance with your unit’s guidelines. You are not obliged to provide information about the nature of your illness, but in this special situation, you are encouraged to inform your manager if your illness is likely to be a result of coronavirus/COVID-19. 

Absence due to illness will be registered as usual.

Read the guidelines for employees and managers: How to handle COVID-19 symptoms and infection at AU

Can I get parental benefits if my children are sent home as a result of COVID-19?

In the periode 23 November 2021 to 28 February 2022 parents with children who have been sent home as a result of COVID-19 can receive parental benefits for up to 10 days of absence per child, cf. section 26(a) of the Act on Entitlement to Leave and Benefits in the Event of Childbirth (barselsloven).

It is a condition that:

  • Your child is under 14 years of age.
  • Your child has been sent home as a result of cases of infection with COVID-19 in childcare centres, schools or institutions, or that your child is infected with COVID-19.
  • You – (both parents, if they live at the same address) – cannot work from home.
  • You – (both parents, if they live at the same address) – have used any time off in lieu.
  • You do not receive pay or take holiday on the days in question.

You must present documentation to Udbetaling Danmark – the Public Benefits Administration to show that your child has been sent home, or present a COVID-19 test which shows that your child is infected with COVID-19. Aarhus University must inform Udbetaling Danmark – the Public Benefits Administration that you cannot work from home and that you do not have time off in lieu available, and that you do not receive pay or take holiday during the same period. Benefits can only be disbursed to one parent per day and only for full days of absence.

Compliance with the general terms and conditions in relation to benefits entitlement, including the employment requirement, in the Act on Entitlement to Leave and Benefits in the Event of Childbirth (barselsloven) is required. Absence must be reported by Aarhus University via www.virk.dk.

Read more afbout the legislation (in Danish).

What if I have challenges with my work because I have to mind my children?

Read about parental benefits here above. If you still have challenges in relation to your work, for example because you are minding children, who have been sent home from school/preschool due to the Covid-19, you should discuss with your immediate manager how to organise your tasks in a flexible way that allows you to balance your responsibilities. The planning of your work may include the use of childcare days, accumulated flex hours, holiday and any unpaid leave of absence.

What should I do if I belong to a high-risk group (e.g. chronic illness or pregnant)?

You should pay special attention to the general advice from the health authorities on reducing the risk of infection, including strict hygiene and distancing. You do not have to work from home. This is because the authorities don’t assess the risk of infection in the workplace as higher than in society in general.

In special cases, you and your manager may agree relocation to other assignments or working from home on the basis of a doctor's certificate.  

Special conditions that apply to international employees, PhD students and guests

Information to international employees, PhD students and guests is available here https://internationalstaff.au.dk/coronaviruscovid-19/ .

Holiday

Can I change my holiday plans if I don’t want to take my holiday due to the coronavirus?

In principle, agreed/scheduled holiday must be taken as planned.

The normal holiday rules still apply. You can find additional information about the general rules here.

Trips and stays abroad

Please find more information here.