COVID-19: DHBs

Information for members working for DHBs during COVID-19

For PSA-wide updates, please refer to the previous page: 
Return to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

 

See the table below for all DHB newsletters. 

DHB Date Sent Subject Line
All DHBs  27 March Coronavirus - Information for DHB Members
All DHBs  18 March Coronavirus - Information for Members
     
Canterbury DHB  26 March PSA Canterbury DHB member COVID 19 Update 1
Canterbury DHB  26 March PSA Canterbury DHB member COVID 19 Update 2
     
South Canterbury DHB  27 March PSA South Canterbury DHB members COVID 19 Update 1
South Canterbury DHB  26 March PSA South Canterbury DHB members COVID 19 Update 2
     
Southern DHB  26 March PSA Southern DHB members COVID 19 Update 2
Southern DHB  25 March   PSA Southern DHB members COVID 19 Update 1
     
Waitemata DHB  26 March Waitemata Delegate Teleconference calls 
     
West Coast DHB  25 March PSA West Coast DHB member COVID 19 Update 1
     
Otago, Southland, South Canterbury DHB  25 March PSA Otago Southland South Canterbury COVID19 Update
     
Oral Health members  23 March Coronavirus - Information for Oral Health DHB members

Click here to see all full-membership newsletters.

This advice is accurate as at 31 March 2020 at 1600HRS. 

It has been developed by 20 DHBs in conjunction with the Ministry of Health and with inputs from major unions to provide clarity for DHB employees on issues such as travel, leave, occupational health and safety, and wellbeing. It has been informed by a range of clinical experts and approved by 20 DHBs for implementation. 

It may change rapidly given the nature of the health system response to COVID-19. 

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This table summarises what you should expect. If this is not the case in your workplace please contact us on 0508367772 or enquiries@psa.org.nz

Situation

Paid Special Leave

Paid sick leave/ domestic leave or additional discretionary (special) leave

Annual leave based on the entitlement in your agreement

Other options that may apply

You are self isolating for 14 days, as agreed with your employer, because you may have been exposed to Covid-19

Yes

   

If you can work from home then you would be on normal pay.

You are self isolating for 14 days, as agreed with your employer, because you have returned from an overseas work trip

Yes

   

If you can work from home then you would be on normal pay.

You are self isolating for 14 days because you have returned from private travel and departed the country before 15 March

Yes

   

If you can work from home then you would be on normal pay.

You are self isolating for 14 days because you departed after march 15 for private travel

   

Yes

If you can work from home then you would be on normal pay. Please discuss with your manager which leave applies, as this may depend on the purpose of your private travel.

You are caring for a dependent who is self isolating

 

Yes*

 

If you can work from home in this situation then you would be on normal pay.

You are caring or a dependent whose usual care is not available because of the pandemic

 

Yes*

 

If you can work from home in this situation – wholly or partially – then you could talk to your employer about having part of this time on normal pay and part as domestic leave

You are ill

 

Yes

   

You are caring for a dependent who is ill

 

Yes

 

If you can work from home in this situation – wholly or partially – then you could talk to your employer about having part of this time on normal pay and part as sick leave.

*We are still awaiting confirmation on this from the DHBs, and will advise members once we know. In the meantime, MECA provisions still apply as minimums.

For more specific sick leave provisions by MECA, see below:

Select the applicable link below for your sick leave information.

Lower North Island - Admin MECA - Sick Leave 

Midlands - Admin MECA - Sick Leave

South Island - Admin MECA - Sick Leave

Northern - Clerical MECA - Sick Leave

Auckland and Rest of New Zealand - Mental Health & Public Health Nursing MECA - Sick Leave

Auckland and Rest of New Zealand - Allied, Public Health and Technical MECA - Sick Leave