COVID-19 Guidance for Managers and Staff

Changes to NICS COVID-19 sick absence policies and procedures

NICS COVID-19 sick absence policies and procedures have changed.

Colleagues who have symptoms of a respiratory infection including COVID-19 should work from home where they can do so. Where colleagues are unable to work from home, they should contact their line manager to discuss options. If a member of staff is too unwell to work remotely or where work cannot be undertaken safely, the absence should be recoded as a sickness absence under the main symptom and it will be managed under the usual sickness absence policies. Special leave will no longer be applicable.

NICSHR Employee Relations (ER) can assist with any queries with contact details provided below.


E-mail Address

Department of Agriculture, Environment & Rural Affairs

Department for Communities

Department for the Economy

Department of Education

Department of Health

Department for Infrastructure

Department of Justice / Public Prosecution Service

The Executive Office

Department of Finance

The NIDirect website provides general advice on the management of symptoms of respiratory infection, including COVID-19.


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