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HR coronavirus circulars for staff

This page gives a brief summary of the most recent coronavirus related circulars issued by HR. These circulars give HR guidance and information to managers and staff during the coronavirus outbreak.

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Most recent circulars related to coronavirus

HR Circular 060 2020 Guidance and FAQs for Public Service Employers during COVID-19

Guidance and FAQs for Public Service Employers during COVID-19 In relation to working arrangements and temporary assignments across the Public Service dated 28 September 2020. This guidance document consolidates and supersedes previous guidance and FAQs issued by DPER relating to Civil and Public Service working arrangements and temporary assignments during COVID-19.

Policy on working from home during COVID-19 (Circular 056/20)

This policy is to support staff working from home during COVID-19, ensuring effective performance management and employee engagement. Remote working arrangements implemented due to COVID-19 apply to the COVID-19 period only.

Revised arrangements providing an expedited process for consultants applying for a change of contract type to Consultant Contract Type A during the Covid-19 outbreak (Circular 050/20)

The approval process remains the same as that outlined in Circular 029/2020. A request for a change to Consultant Contract 2008 Type A may be made using the ‘COVID-19 request to change contract template’, submitted to the relevant Hospital Group CEO/Chief Officer for approval.

Leave arrangements for employees who return from non-essential travel overseas (Circular 049/20)

You should avoid all non-essential travel overseas until further notice. Anyone coming into Ireland, apart from Northern Ireland, must restrict their movements for 14 days. This includes residents returning to Ireland. If you intend to undertake non-essential overseas travel you must book annual leave or unpaid leave for the 14-day period of restricted movement. You will not be permitted to work from home in lieu of taking annual leave or unpaid leave for the 14-day period of restricted movement.

Two new COVID-19 absence codes and update to national collection of twice-weekly absence for COVID-19 (Circular 038/2020)

Update to circulars 007/2020, 008/2020 and 018/2020.

See: Older circulars related to coronavirus

Page last reviewed: 30/03/2020
Next review due: 30/03/2023