Covid-19 Policy

Parsec Pacific Coronavirus Policy

 

This is the COVID-19 policy for Parsec Pacific and is effective from 15 March 2020.

Business Travel

  • All business travel is now banned, both international and domestic.

Work from Home (WFH)

  • Please WFH if you have one of the "WFH Reasons" listed below.
  • If you are working from home, please let HR know and check in on Slack each day.
  • If you are feeling sick, then take it easy and get better. Don't worry about work.
  • If you are well, then working from home is easy for most people at Blackbird. If there is anything you need to help you WFH better, then let us know.
  • If you're working from home, make sure you stay healthy. Eat well, get some exercise and normal amounts of sleep.

High Risk Regions

  • High Risk Regions are: Europe, Asia, Middle-East, UK/Ireland, Indonesia, Africa and the United States.

WFH Reasons

  • Sickness: If you feel sick don’t come to work. Please be extra cautious and if in doubt, stay at home and seek medical advice. Please stay at home for 2 days after fully recovering from any cold-and flu-like symptoms. If you do have cold-and-flu-like symptoms we strongly advise you to be tested for COVID-19.
  • COVID-19: If you are tested as positive for COVID-19, remain isolated until you are given the all-clear form health authorities, which usually includes a negative test.
  • Contact: If you have been in any contact with someone who has COVID-19 or anyone who has returned from a High Risk Region, please WFH for 14 days from that contact.
  • Potential Contact: If you live with or have close contact with someone who is at risk of having COVID-19, particularly if they have cold-and-flu-like symptoms, please WFH for 14 days or until you or that person is tested negative. At risk includes:
    • Someone who has travelled internationally from a High Risk Region
    • Someone who has cold-and-flu-like symptoms, especially if they have travelled internationally
  • International Travel: If you have travelled internationally, please WFH for two weeks upon your return.

Meetings

  • Please limit face-to-face meetings. Where possible, please consider having the meeting over video conference.
  • Do not meet face-to-face with people arriving from High Risk Countries within the last 14 days. Especially, do not invite them to the office.

Attending Events

  • Consider whether it is necessary to go to any events.
  • Do not go to any large events for work where there are greater than 20 people.

Organising Events

  • Do not organise or run any in-person events (this may mean cancelling events already organised).
  • If possible turn the event into a webinar, podcast or blog.

Holidays

  • It is your call whether to travel for holidays, but please reconsider all international travel.
  • Please let the manager know if you are travelling to any of the at risk places.
  • Please take into account that you will need to WFH for two weeks on your return after any international travel.

At risk people

  • If you have close family/friends or people you live with who are at risk, you should be particularly careful.
  • If you are worried about Coronavirus or any activities in the office, let us know and we are happy for you WFH.

Office Hygiene and Health

  • There is some evidence suggesting the virus may stick around for at least a few hours, if not more, on surfaces. We will be providing antiseptic hand wash at all offices. Please use this regularly, especially when arriving at the office.
  • Avoid involvement in Agile / Hot-desking working arrangements at client-sites
  • We will have disinfectant wipes at all offices - please wipe surfaces regularly.
  • We encourage you to wipe your phone down on a regular basis.
  • We encourage you to have a flu vaccine. Although it won't protect against COVID-19, being healthy helps you avoid serious instances of COVID-19.

 

Updated 15 March 2020

  1. Business Travel
  • All business travel both domestically and internationally should be cancelled until further notice.
  • Minimise all localised travel as much as possible.
  • Please tell the manager of travel plans so that we can monitor them.

 

  1. Quarantine
  • As always if you feel sick don’t come to work! Please be extra cautious and if in doubt, stay at home.
  • Take it easy and get better, or if you need to, work from home (WFH).
  • If you are worried that you have been in contact with someone who has Coronavirus, please WFH for two weeks.
  • If you have travelled to one of the High Risk Regions above, or one that becomes at risk, please WFH for two weeks.
  • Please register the two weeks quarantine with the HR manager (and let everyone know on Slack).

 

  1. Meetings
  • We will not meet face to face with people arriving from Category 1 countries within the last 14 days. Especially, please do not invite them to the office.
  • We will not meet in the office with people arriving from Category 2 countries within the last 14 days. We can meet with people arriving from Category 2 countries outside the office.  Please do not invite them to the office. Remember to wash your hands on returning to the office.

 

  1. Attending Events
  • Consider whether it is necessary to go to large events (eg conferences) which may have a large international population, especially from the countries above.

 

  1. Organising Events:
  • We will monitor the situation and make decisions before organising our own events.
  • When asking people to register we will ask them if they have been to a Category 1 country in the last 14 days.

 

  1. Holidays
  • It is your call whether to travel for holidays, but please reconsider all holidays to at risk places.
  • Please let the manager know if you are travelling to any of the at risk places.

 

  1. At risk people
  • If you have close family/friends or people you live with who at risk, you should be particularly careful.
  • If you are worried about Coronavirus or any activities in the office, let us know and we are happy for you WFH.

 

  1. Office Hygiene
  • There is some evidence suggesting the virus may stick around for at least a few hours, if not more, on surfaces. We will be providing antiseptic hand wash at all offices. Please use this regularly, especially when arriving at the office.
  • We will have disinfectant wipes at all offices - please wipe surfaces regularly.
  • We encourage you to wipe your phone down on a regular basis.

Please keep informed on the latest developments relevant to Australia from the following sources:

https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert#current-status

 https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/crisis/covid-19-and-travel

https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/diseases/Pages/covid-19-latest.aspx

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