HALIFAX – CUPE welcomes the news of the $2,000 premium being offered to health care workers in Nova Scotia, but is, however, extremely disappointed that the facilities funded by the Department of Community Services (DCS) are excluded from the premium. The offer leaves out essential frontline staff who work at residential facilities.
MASKING PROTOCOL FOR DSP WORKERS DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC The Department of Community Services is implementing a new protocol around masking of staff working in DSP licensed facilities/homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, any staff working in or moving through areas accessed by participants will be asked to wear a procedure mask throughout their entire shift.
1 INTRODUCTION The goal of COVID-19 Management in the Disability Support Program is to, as much as possible, prevent the introduction of the virus into the home and/or prevent transmission to participants and staff within the home. All residential service providers must follow the orders and directives made by the Chief Medical
Can I use my right to refuse for COVID-19? Employees have a right to refuse unsafe work when there are reasonable grounds to believe that the work, tool, or equipment is dangerous to you or another person’s health and safety. Many situations could create a dangerous condition in your workplace and COVID-19 is no exception. For
What is your situation? I am an employee with COVID-19 and/or in isolation: Your employer may have a short-term disability or sick leave program that you need to apply for before applying for EI Sickness Benefits. Check your collective agreement or contact your CUPE local. If you have worked more than 600 hours in the
The Precautionary Principal Knowledge about how the virus is transmitted has yet to be fully understood. For this reason, CUPE is recommending that health care settings adopt the precautionary principle towards infection prevention and control of COVID-19. The precautionary principle means taking action to prevent infection from potentially serious viruses without having to wait for
“Public sector employees who travel outside of Canada, including to the United States, are required to self-isolate for 14 days when they get back to Canada. This includes health care workers, teachers, civil servants and other public sector employees. Public school students and children who attend regulated childcare centres are required to self-isolate for 14