Frequently asked questions
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 consultant directly or your local Robert Half office immediately and let us know you have tested positive for COVID-19, and you will receive further guidance.
Q: What if I may have been exposed at my worksite to someone who tested positive for COVID-19?
Please follow the client’s protocol and direction and call your local Robert Half office immediately and 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 talent solutions professional if you are sick. Do not report to work, or if you are at work, go home immediately. Seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Your talent solutions professional 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 talent solutions professional right away and let them know the client has decided to close their office(s) for a period of time. Your talent solutions professional 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?
If you are on active assignment and become sick, you will be paid accrued sick leave if you are in a locality with statutory sick leave. Anything beyond accrued sick leave is time off without pay. Contact your local Robert Half office with any additional questions.
Q: What if my child’s daycare 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 talent solutions professional, 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 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 on mass-transit, and you are not comfortable doing so, please contact us. Inform your local Robert Half office or talent solutions professional 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 protective measures can I take to prevent possible contraction of COVID-19?
Follow the guidelines outlined on your state government guidelines that may advise such measures as:
- 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.
- 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.