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What should the employee do if he is in contact?


The Tous Anti Covid app. (LUDOVIC MARIN / AFP)

The Ministry of Labor has just put in black and white the procedure to follow if you are in contact with the epidemic of the coronavirus covid-19. In any case identified as such by the Health Insurance or the Regional Health Agency. That is to say that you have been called by a healthcare professional to tell you that you are in contact or that the Tous anti covid app has informed you of the fact.

First thing to do, immediately: return home or stay there. So quit your job. Insofar as it is the “national protocol to ensure the health and safety of employees” that requires it, a sanction, if it were to fall, could be successfully challenged in court. Second question that arises: can you continue to work remotely? In principle, if this is the case, you must already be telecommuting. But we know that some companies, as Liberation revealed about Total, still ask their employees to come. If you are in contact, therefore, no more office, no more work, no more workshop. We have to go home. To work remotely if you can, otherwise declare yourself on sick leave. Third thing to do: immediately notify your employer. Nothing is specified by the Ministry of Labor, but a writing is always more careful than a simple oral exchange. An email will do.

No need to see a doctor. We start the sick leave process on our own and it is automatic. It is enough to go on the site of the Health insurance, on declare.ameli.fr to be delivered a work stoppage, without day of waiting, it is important. This measure is maintained by the Health Insurance. You must also produce a sworn statement attesting that you cannot telework. If you have been in isolation for a while, this work stoppage can be retroactive. It can go back to four days, but no more.

How long should you stay isolated? Seven days after the last contact with a positive person, then you have to do a test. If the result is negative, you can return to work without a medical certificate – again if you cannot telecommute. If it is positive, you will have to isolate yourself for seven more days and then resume if you have no symptoms. But if, after these seven days you have a fever, the isolation should be continued until 48 hours after the fever has subsided.

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