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.


Who decides whether I should go to work or stay home?

Your immediate supervisor decides whether you should go to work or work from home.

Read more at www.medst.dk (in Danish)

Gradual reopening

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.  

Can I be asked to change my normal working hours?

In connection with the gradual reopening of AU’s campuses, the senior management team has decided that work in the research labs may be scheduled between 7:00 and 23:00 seven days a week during this period. In this extraordinary situation, there is a need for mutual flexibility and willingness to find solutions to how work is to be organised quickly and pragmatically, within the framework of applicable collective agreements and working hours regulations, in order for the few functions that now have access to campus to succeed.

This means that you can make a voluntary agreement to reschedule your working hours in dialogue with your manager and your union representative, if this is possible for you.

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 on this website.

Should I still stay home for 14 days after a trip abroad if I take a COVID-19 test when I return to Denmark?

If you return to Denmark from a necessary trip abroad, for example a business trip, you can book an appointment for a COVID-19 test at www.coronaprover.dk. You should be tested immediately after returning to Denmark. However, in the case of short trips, you should be tested four days after your departure from Denmark at the earliest (read more about this here). If the test is negative, you do not have to complete the fourteen-day period of self-isolation which is otherwise mandatory for travellers returning from abroad.

If you return to Denmark from a country on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' list of yellow or green countries, the requirement for self-isolation will lapse if you have followed the travel advice from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark.

Read more at www.medst.dk (in Danish).

What applies if the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark advises against travelling to specific areas, and an employee goes on holiday to one of these areas?

With regard to holiday travel, under normal circumstances, as an employer, AU has no say in where an employee goes on holiday. However, as an employer, AU is obligated to ensure a healthy and safe work environment for everyone in the workplace. This means that, if an employee travels to an area to which the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark advises against all non-essential travel, the following applies:

The employee is required to self-isolate for 14 days after returning home from these areas (in principle, the self-isolation period is unpaid unless the employee can work from home).

If the employee contracts the coronavirus/COVID-19, this may be considered self-inflicted illness. In this situation, absence from work due to illness will be considered lawful as a general rule, but the employee will not be entitled to pay during illness.

Sick leave

What should I do if I get sick?

You must follow instructions from the health authorities. Do not go to work if you have any symptoms or are ill. Stay at home until you have completely recovered and have been without symptoms for 48 hours.

When a citizen is infected with COVID-19, preventive measures must be taken quickly and effectively in collaboration with government agencies and institutions in order to prevent infection. This includes identification of the people an infected person has been in close contact with. In general, this will be the people the infected person is living with, individual colleagues at work and possibly friends and family.

If you have COVID-19 and have been in close contact with your colleagues (within one metre for more than 15 minutes), you should notify your immediate supervisor. Your supervisor will then notify any people you have been in close contact with about possible infection. They will be sent home and encouraged to get tested and self-isolate until they know the results of the test.

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. This will make it possible for the university to apply for sick leave benefit reimbursement in connection with your absence.

Absence due to illness will be registered as usual.

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

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