Information for Workplaces & Employers

COVID-19

Effective January 3, 2022: New isolation requirements. See isolation and quarantine requirements for more information.

Last updated January 14, 2022

Role of AHS| Role of Employee| Role of Employer| Workplace Outbreak| Additional Info| Financial Supports

All workplaces have different risks when it comes to the spread and impacts of COVID-19. The level of risk depends on many things, such as:

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, it is important to work together to keep workplaces, communities, and clients safe. Everyone has an important role to play in keeping workplaces safe.

All eligible Albertans should get immunized for COVID-19 to protect themselves, their families/friends/colleagues, and their communities. Book your appointment as soon as possible.

Role of AHS

Alberta Health Services (AHS) will notify all people diagnosed with COVID-19 through PCR testing and complete a case investigation for those in high priority settings (see below).

AHS will not routinely notify employers outside of these high priority settings about their workers who have tested positive on a PCR test.

AHS outbreak management is focused on the following high priority settings only:

  • Acute care
  • Congregate care (long term care, designated supportive living, lodges, group homes, hospices)
  • Congregate living (corrections, shelters)

AHS will provide recommendations directly to employers in these high priority settings and may request assistance to notify close contacts about exposures.

Outbreak management for all non-high priority settings has been paused and AHS is no longer declaring new outbreaks in these settings.

Employers are encouraged to ensure employees complete a daily screening for symptoms and implement precautions and work restrictions as appropriate.

Role of Employee Who Tests Positive for COVID-19

Employees have a very important role in preventing the spread of COVID-19 at work. Employees who test positive for COVID-19 are required to:

  • Follow all legal requirements for isolation including staying home from work and all other activities until their isolation period is over.

Employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 are recommended to:

  • Tell their employer about their positive COVID-19 test results and the dates they worked while infectious. This information can help employers review measures they have in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and make adjustments to reduce the risk of spread in the workplace.
  • Notify their close contacts of their exposure to COVID-19 and share recommendations to reduce further spread of COVID-19.

Role of Employer

Employers and workplace operators have an important role in preventing the spread of COVID-19. They should carefully and continually consider how they can modify their operations and implement practices to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 among employees and customers.

Encouraging employees to get immunized for COVID-19 is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19. All full and part-time employees are eligible to have paid time away from work to get immunized if they are covered under Alberta’s Employment Standards Code.

Employers must ensure their workplaces are following all current public health restrictions.

Employees with symptoms are legally required to isolate at home and should be tested for COVID-19.

Employees are not legally required to disclose their COVID-19 status to their employers. However, employers should be aware that:

Employees who have COVID-19 are not permitted to attend the workplace or any public place until their legal isolation period is over.

After their isolation period is over, they can return to work.

  • A negative test result is not required for return to work.
  • AHS Public Health does not provide clearance letters for return to work for cases or close contacts.

Close contacts are at risk for developing COVID-19 and spreading it to others in the workplace. Employers should consider the risk of these close contacts developing COVID-19 but not having any symptoms, and the risk of exposing others, especially anyone who is elderly, immunocompromised, has chronic health conditions or is not immunized. Consider whether additional precautions or work restrictions are warranted for known close contacts. For additional information and recommendations go to Information for Close Contacts.

Close contacts who are not fully immunized are strongly recommended to stay home and not attend public places, including work settings.

Keep health information about employees confidential unless given permission by the employee to share. Phone conversations should happen in a private area.

For more information about COVID-19 go to ahs.ca/covid. If you have questions about your health, you can call your health care provider or Health Link at 811.

Workplace Outbreak

If an outbreak is declared at a workplace that is in a high priority setting, the AHS COVID-19 Outbreak Team will connect directly with the employer to discuss additional measures.

To help answer some questions you may have about outbreaks and how this will impact your workplace, refer to COVID-19 Workplace Outbreak FAQ.

Additional Information, Resources & Supports for Employers

Workplaces may also be contacted by AHS Environmental Public Health and/or Alberta Occupational Health and Safety for further support to provide an opportunity to review their current measures. These calls or visits are intended to be supportive in maintaining the health and safety of their employees and customers and in helping to support your continued operation. They are not meant to be punitive.

Financial Supports