People at especially high risk
Updated 15 January 2021
Special measures are in place for people at especially high risk, who are required to work from home. If they have to work on site, their work conditions must provide the same level of protection as working from home. Their workspace should be set up so that all contact with others is avoided, e.g., by putting them in a separate office. People at especially high risk can refuse to do certain work assigned to them if on-site conditions are not safe enough or if they consider the risk of infection to be too high despite the measures taken.
If staff members who are at especially high risk cannot fulfill their usual professional duties from home, their supervisors will give them other similar tasks that can be carried out from home, even if those tasks are not included in their job specifications. Failing this, the staff member will be temporarily released from their obligation to work, with no reduction in their salary. Decisions in this regard will be taken on a case-by-case basis by the staff member concerned and their supervisors.
Who is considered at especially high risk ?
According to the federal government, people at especially high risk are pregnant women and people who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 and who have one of the following medical conditions: high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, a chronic respiratory disease, a weakened immune system as a result of a disease or therapy, cancer or obesity. COVID-19 Ordinance 3 provides a detailed list of all the conditions concerned.
steps to take
Staff members must inform their supervisors if they are at risk by submitting a personal statement, which can be sent via email.