Employees

Human Resources

These measures may be amended if needed or as the public health situation evolves.

Updated 3 November 2020

As the public schools in the canton of Geneva remain open and professional courses continue, it is important for apprentices to continue their theoretical and practical training.

Therefore, their presence in the workplace must be able to continue in compliance with health standards and provided that adequate supervision can be guaranteed.

Depending on the nature of the apprenticeship, a teleworking part can be envisaged, provided again that adequate supervision is provided and that the learning objectives can be guaranteed.

Udpated 21 August

People at especially high risk ensure that they are adequately protected, and their colleagues and hierarchies give them due consideration.

The FOPH rules apply at all times.



Updated 3 November 2020

If you get sick, you must inform your supervisor immediately. You must also let them know when you are better. You are required to provide a medical certificate if you are absent for three days or more.

COVID-19 patients

People with symptoms should isolate themselves and get tested. They must remain in isolation until the test results are received and comply with the instructions of the cantonal doctor.

By way of exception, persons who have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 and for whom no medical certificate has been issued must send the test result to their HR representative to justify their sick leave. In this case, a medical certificate will be required from the 10th calendar day of absence. These persons must comply with the recommendations of the authorities.

Updated 25 August

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During all the year 2020-2021, a hotline providing listening, psychological support and counselling, is set up by the Pôle Cité FPSE team for UNIGE staff.

This line is available from 11 am to 8 pm, Monday to Friday (free and confidential). The hotline number is 022 37 99 200.

This hotline is staffed by volunteers who are completing their clinical psychology training and have received specific training in crisis intervention, under the supervision and responsibility of two senior specialists in psychotherapy (Prof M. Debbané, Dr S. With), recognized at the Swiss federal level. 

In case of significant psychological distress or problems requiring specific measures, they will assist you in identifying appropriate professionals within the cantonal mental health care network.

Updated 3 November 2020

For more information on quarantine, go to the FAQ on the Human Resources Division's website and the Memento 0057: Official leave of absence and special leave of absence.

1. I have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, and the cantonal authorities have put me in quarantine.

You must inform your supervisors immediately.

a) If you can work from home during the quarantine, you should.

b) If you can't work from home during the quarantine (i.e., because you don't have the necessary equipment, or because you cannot meet the needs of your unit by working from home). You will be given a special leave "sanitary confinement in connection with a quarantine". This leave of absence is 10 calendar days (without pro rata) with continued salary. Staff members concerned by this situation now have the possibility to select this type of leave of absence in GDA.

If you are tested positive to Covid-19, this special leave of absence then becomes a standard sick leave with medical leave (see case 5 below).

The special leave "medical confinement in connection with quarantine" doesn’t apply when travelling to a State or zone at risk announced as such at the time of departure (see case 2 below).

The same rules apply to cross-border commuters and to staff residing on Swiss territory, except for the decision of the cantonal doctor, not required for cross-border commuters.

If you display symptoms during the quarantine, you should contact a health-care provider, get tested and follow the instructions given by the public-health authorities. If the test comes back positive, you will have to remain in isolation and will be granted standard sick leave (see situation 5 below).

2. For personal reasons (e.g., vacation), I went to another country or area with a high risk of infection being aware of the situation. Upon my return to Switzerland, I was told to remain in quarantine for ten days by the cantonal authorities.

If, during the 14 days prior to returning to Switzerland, you stayed in a country or area where there is an increased risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection, you are required, upon your arrival in Switzerland, to go immediately and directly to your home or to other suitable accommodation. You must remain there at all times for 10 days following arrival and immediately contact your supervisors.

No leave will be granted in this case.

a) If you can work from home during the quarantine, you should.

b) If you can't work from home during the quarantine (i.e., because you don't have the necessary equipment, or because you cannot meet the needs of your unit by working from home), the hours will be deducted from your overtime or annual leave. If you don't have enough overtime or leave left, your salary will be reduced based on the number of days you are absent.

If you display symptoms during the quarantine, you should contact a health-care provider, get tested and follow the instructions given by the public-health authorities. If the test comes back positive, you will have to remain in isolation and will be granted standard sick leave (see situation 5 below).

3. For personal reasons (e.g. holidays), I went to a destination that was added on the FOPH's list of high-risk countries and territories during my stay; it was not on the list when I left. On my return to Switzerland, I am quarantined for 10 days by the competent cantonal authority.

If, during the 14 days prior to returning to Switzerland, you stayed in a country or area where there is an increased risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection, you are required, upon your arrival in Switzerland, to go immediately and directly to your home or to other suitable accommodation. You must remain there at all times for 10 days following arrival and immediately contact your supervisors.

a) If you can work from home during the quarantine, you should.

b) If you can't work from home during the quarantine (i.e., because you don't have the necessary equipment, or because you cannot meet the needs of your unit by working from home). You will be given a special leave "sanitary confinement in connection with a quarantine". This leave of absence is 10 calendar days (without pro rata) with continued salary. It is now possible to select this type of leave of absence in GDA.

If you are tested positive to Covid-19, this special leave of absence then becomes standard sick leave with medical leave (see case 5 below).

The special leave "medical confinement in connection with quarantine" doesn’t apply when travelling to a State or zone at risk announced as such at the time of departure (see case 2 above).

The same rules apply to cross-border commuters and to staff residing on Swiss territory, except for the decision of the cantonal doctor, not required for cross-border commuters.

If you display symptoms during the quarantine, you should contact a health-care provider, get tested and follow the instructions given by the public-health authorities. If the test comes back positive, you will have to remain in isolation and will be granted standard sick leave (see situation 5 below).

4. I work at the UNIGE, but my place of residence is on the FOPH's list of countries or zones at high risk of infection. Can I come in Switzerland ?

If you enter the country on a daily basis (cross-border commuters) or if or if you are entering Switzerland for compelling business reasons without the possibility of postponement, you are exempt from quarantine. You comply with the conditions for exemption on compelling professional grounds laid down in Ordinance on Measures to Combat the Coronavirus in International Passenger Transport.

Cross-border commuters living in a curfew zone who are required to travel outside the authorised hours must carry a proof of business travel signed by the employer. The document can be downloaded from the dedicated page of the French government's Ministry of the Interior.

In any case, you should enquire about any restrictions imposed by your country or place of residence regarding international travel. If those restrictions prevent you from traveling, you must immediately inform the dean's office of your faculty or the management of your interfaculty centre.

5. I have tested positive for COVID-19 and was told to remain in isolation by the cantonal authorities.

Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 must remain in isolation. That means that they must avoid all contact with others. As with any sickness, you must immediately inform your supervisors. You must also let them know when you are better. By way of exception, persons who have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 and for whom no medical certificate has been issued must send the test result to their HR representative to justify their sick leave. In this case, a medical certificate will be required from the 10th calendar day of absence. These persons must comply with the recommendations of the authorities.

You won't have to work from home while in isolation.

6. I have been put in quarantine while I was on holiday.

Your holiday is cancelled from the first day of quarantine and you are granted quarantine leave. If you test positive, the situation is as described in number 5. If you were on holiday in a country or area classified as being at risk by the FOPH, the situation is as described in point 2.

Quarantining a relative (e.g. a child) during holidays does not interrupt the holiday period.

7. My child under the age of 12 is showing symptoms and has to stay home until they disappear. I don't have a childcare solution.

I must inform my hierarchy immediately.

a) If you can work from home during that period, you should.

b) If you can't work from home during that period (i.e., because you don't have the necessary equipment, or because you cannot meet the needs of your unit by working from home), you will be given on demand an exceptional leave of absence of up to ten days and be exempted from the requirement to work.

 

8. What happens if I decide to put myself in quarantine?

You must request a quarantine certificate from the cantonal authorities. Situation 1 above will apply.

Updated 3 November 2020
Trainees may still be taken on provided that the reception conditions comply with health protection measures and allow adequate supervision of the trainee. The possibility of carrying out a telework placement must be examined beforehand to ensure that the aim of the placement can be achieved through telework alone. A mentoring scheme should also be announced at the time of hiring.

I haven't been able to use up all the vacation days I carried over from 2019. Will these days be cancelled?

Given the current situation, the Rectorate has decided that the deadline for using up all vacation carried over from 2019 will be moved from 31 August to 31 December 2020.

Can I cancel the vacation I scheduled during the partial lockdown?

Yes, any vacation that you have already scheduled during this period can be cancelled with your supervisor's consent.

Can my supervisor cancel my vacation if it's already scheduled?

Yes, supervisors can cancel vacation that has already been scheduled.

Can my supervisor force me to take vacation during the partial lockdown?

No, your supervisor cannot consider the period of full or partial lockdown as a vacation period.

Do I have to take vacation despite the current situation?

Vacation entitlements are there to safeguard staff members' health. Staff members have to schedule their 2020 vacation despite the public health crisis. As a reminder, although some vacation can be taken in small chunks, all teaching staff must take at least two consecutive weeks off at some point, and all technical and administrative staff must take at least three consecutive weeks off.

Vacation must be scheduled with the consent of all those concerned, but your employer can prevent you from taking vacation during a given period for work-related reasons.

Am I required to come and work on site if my employer asks me to?

Yes, as long as all the protective measures recommended by the Federal Office of Public Health are in place. If you don't turn up for work on site and don't have a valid reason, your employer may consider it to be an unexplained absence and act accordingly (such as by taking the time out of your vacation). If you continue to refuse to come to work, this may be deemed a violation of your duties and you could face disciplinary measures or even have your contract terminated.