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Question about employment
« on: Saturday 11 April 20 09:57 BST (UK) »
A relative works for a small company that is not classed as essential. He has been able to work from home on some days, but it is not being permitted as a permanent arrangement. He heard yesterday that one of the cleaners, who had been self isolating for about two weeks, had now been admitted to hospital and tested positive. Does he now have the right to insist he works from home?
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Re: Question about employment
« Reply #1 on: Saturday 11 April 20 10:28 BST (UK) »
Can't see why. Not sure if he would ever have come into contact with the cleaner and even if he did as she has been self isolating for two weeks her illness poses no additional risk to your relative.
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Re: Question about employment
« Reply #2 on: Saturday 11 April 20 10:51 BST (UK) »
Re working from home....

I am in Australia, so very likely there are different rules and practices.  But my husband and I operate a small business, and all our staff are currently working from their own homes.  Each has their own reasons, but I share in case one of these will help...
a) asthmatic, so lungs not as strong as most,
b) household includes an elderly male relative,
c) spouse is an ESSENTIAL worker,  working extra shifts in a medical practice, so someone needs to be at home, keeping the domestic chores done, organise meals,  bossing the children, queueing for loo paper etc, otherwise spouse will succeed in exhausting Herself and be too tired to sleep...

There are other reasons, but the above 3 are without doubt conforming to NSW government standards...

Small business owners should know how to work around employees needs at crisis times.  No-one is indispensable, if the boss does the right thing by their employees, the benefits comeback many times over. I have first hand experience of being that  boss.  ;D

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Re: Question about employment
« Reply #3 on: Saturday 11 April 20 11:21 BST (UK) »
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b) household includes an elderly male relative,

Why only an elderly male relative?
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Re: Question about employment
« Reply #4 on: Saturday 11 April 20 11:27 BST (UK) »
Many of those who have been hospitalised in Australia are elderly males.... ie aged 70 plus,  apparently more at risk than most age/gender groups.

ADD  far more NSW health says 70+ aged males are succumbing , while 70+  females far less admissions. 

I am on e reader, cannot do live links, Sorry.

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Re: Question about employment
« Reply #5 on: Saturday 11 April 20 12:57 BST (UK) »
Many of those who have been hospitalised in Australia are elderly males.... ie aged 70 plus,  apparently more at risk than most age/gender groups.

ADD  far more NSW health says 70+ aged males are succumbing , while 70+  females far less admissions. 

I am on e reader, cannot do live links, Sorry.

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The older people are the greater the risk and males seem to be more at risk than females.  Personally I'd have thought the risk to older females was high enough to be an issue.
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Re: Question about employment
« Reply #6 on: Saturday 11 April 20 13:29 BST (UK) »
This makes interesting reading and explains why women may be more immune than men

""The immune response throughout life to vaccines and infections is typically more aggressive and more effective in females compared to males."

This could be down to women carrying two copies of the X chromosome, compared to the single X and a Y that men have.

A number of critical immune genes are located on the X chromosome" 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-52197594

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