Frequently asked questions for temporary workers and project professionals
Q: What protective measures can I take to prevent possible contraction of COVID-19?
Follow the guidelines outlined on the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) site located here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze by either sneezing into your elbow or with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty. For further guidance on handwashing: https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/
- It is also a good idea to avoid close contact with people in a business setting, e.g., shaking hands. You may inform the individual that while you respect business protocol, you think it is a good idea to avoid hand shaking while this outbreak is happening.
Important for our Robert Half temporary worker on assignment or deployed on a project:
Q: What if I test positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
Do not report to work if you are on an assignment or project. Call your Robert Half Recruitment Consultant immediately and let us know you have tested positive for COVID-19, and you will receive further guidance.
Your Recruitment Consultant will communicate with the client directly.
Q: What if I may have been exposed at my worksite to someone who tested positive for COVID-19?
Please contact your local Robert Half office immediately and tell your Robert Half Recruitment Consultant that you believe you’ve been exposed at your worksite to someone who tested positive for COVID-19. You’ll be given further guidance.
Q: What if I feel sick? What should I do?
Your health and wellbeing are of the utmost importance. Contact your local Robert Half office or Robert Half Recruitment Consultant if you are sick, do not report to work, or if at work, go home immediately. Seek medical attention as soon as possible. If you are diagnosed with COVID-19, follow medical advice and stay home until you have recovered and have been medically cleared to return to work. Your Robert Half Recruitment Consultant will inform the client about your availability and when you are able to return to work.
Q: What if the client’s worksite where I work closes?
Contact your local Robert Half office or Robert Half Recruitment Consultant right away and let them know the client has decided to close their office(s) for a period of time. Your Robert Half Recruitment Consultant will work with the client to determine if your work can be done remotely and if you can do so. If remote working is not possible, your assignment or project may end; often this is at the client’s discretion. We will do our best to find another opportunity for you to continue working.
Q: Will I get paid if I am home sick?
You may be entitled to statutory sick pay please contact your local Robert Half office who will communicate with the client directly and provide you with further guidance.
Q: What if I’m asked to travel internationally for my assignment?
Travel is suspended to all countries noted on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization and UK Government restricted lists, and based on the latest government advisories and notifications. Countries with travel notices change frequently. Robert Half is monitoring these notices and you are encouraged to do so too.
If you are comfortable travelling, follow the travel guidelines on the CDC website Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If you are not comfortable travelling, you are not required to go. Contact your local Robert Half office and let them know you have been asked to travel and you do not feel comfortable doing so. We will work with the client regarding your concerns.
Q: What if the client asks me to travel domestically for my assignment?
If a business trip requires you to travel well beyond your regular daily commute, requires air-travel, an overnight stay or extended travel, and you are not comfortable doing so, please contact us. Inform your local Robert Half office or Robert Half Recruitment Consultant that you have been asked to travel and you do not feel comfortable doing so. We will work with the client regarding your concerns.
Q: What if my child’s nursery or school is shut down due to potential Coronavirus exposure?
Explore if you have alternate childcare options. If none are available, contact your local Robert Half office or Robert Half Recruitment Consultant, and they can work with the client to determine if any of the work can be done remotely. If not, your assignment may end; often this is at the client’s discretion. We will work with you to find another assignment or project, based on your availability.
Q: What if I’ve taken a personal trip or vacation and travelled to or from another country, should I inform Robert Half or the client?
If you travelled to a country without CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) or WHO (World Health Organization) travel restrictions, and you are not experiencing any illness or symptoms, you are not required to communicate information about your travel.
If you’ve recently visited a country or area under travel restriction from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization or UK Government contact your Robert Half office or Robert Half Recruitment Consultant for further guidance before returning to work.