Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Frequently Asked Questions and Advice for members

Official Sources of Advice and Information

Please follow the official NHS advice for your own and others’ safety.  Beware of rumours and emails that may look official but may not be.

NHS advice page – Coronavirus (COVID-19

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – what you need to do

Sheffield Hallam University – Key Sources of Information

Use the following links for advice and information on homeworking, health and safety and management/HR issues.

SHU – Coronavirus impact: information for staff (the main gateway for staff)

Remote Working Guide (advice from DTS on working from home or remote locations, includes hints and tips, IT advice and information (policies, procedures, guidance and health, safety and wellbeing)

Working from Home – DSE Guidance (important advice on how to set up your working space correctly at home)

Staff Wellbeing Resources (looking after your health while working from home)

Employee Assistance Programme (a range of services available online or by telephone)

Your Rights at Work

UNISON – Coronavirus: your rights at work (overview of employee rights from UNISON.  Members should contact the Branch if you need support)


Q: Will sickness absence trigger points apply if I am sick with coronavirus? 

If you are sick – for any reason – while you are working from home, you should still report that to your line manager, as it still needs managing and support providing.

However, the University has confirmed that sickness due to coronavirus will not be counted against trigger points. 

Q. Will PRF (grievance, disciplinary) cases continue during the lockdown? 

It would not necessarily be desirable to suspend all PRF activity in a blanket way, for obvious reasons.  However, there are clearly difficulties attached to pursuing and investigating issues.   UCU and UNISON have asked for a case-by-case approach to be applied, and this has been agreed.  UNISON nationally are checking the legal position on virtual representation.  Please contact the Branch should any issues arise.


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