For members in TSB.
Throughout the pandemic we've been hearing more and more a condition called 'long Covid', so let's have a look at what it is and how your employer will support you if you've developed this condition following a Covid-19 infection.
Many people that contract Covid-19 symptomatically will recover in a few days or weeks - although some people can take as long as 12 weeks to fully recover. Long Covid, or post-Covid-19 syndrome (sometimes also referred to as post-viral fatigue) is the lasting symptoms that people feel or have after the infection has gone. The lasting symptoms can include:
You can find more information on the long-term impacts of Covid-19 on the NHS website.
A TUC report in 2021 looked at worker experiences of long Covid. The research indicates that the most common symptom of long Covid experienced in fatigue, continuing for between 3-6 months. However, some people have experienced up to 25 different symptoms for 12 months or more. Symptoms may vary over time and become worse some days than on others.
This research was referred to in the legal case of Burke v Turning Point Scotland which accepted that long Covid could be a disability under the definition set out in the Equality Act 2010 - i.e. a long-term condition that had a substantial impact on the ability to carry out day-to-day activities.
The bank's policy around disability has been in place for some time, and it instructs managers to treat all medical conditions which are a disability, could result in a disability, or where it is unknown whether or not it could be considered a disability. In effect, this means that business will provide reasonable adjustments to support you in returning to work (where you're currently off) or to help you remain in work.
You can expect the support of Lloyds Banking Group to help you to best manage your symptoms and your work, in the same way that you would for any other long-term medical condition. This means that adjustments should be considered, tailored to the support you need. Some examples could include:
Absences for long Covid will continue to be managed under the bank's health wellbeing & attendance policy - this will involve having informal wellbeing discussions and having a wellness plan in place tailored to support you and how your condition presents itself. The business should consider carefully all circumstances and review with HR before moving to the formal part of the process.
We would expect your manager to be supporting, remembering that symptoms may vary over time and become worse some days than on others, so sometimes you may need more support or adjustments than others. An example of a reasonable adjustment may be to allow you to work from home (if that's possible in your role) when you're having a difficult day with your symptoms or adjusting your working day to allow you to take extra breaks or catch up on sleep.
There is no single answer as to the adjustments that the business will support. If you need support, get in touch with us.
If you need support, or you think you're being treated unfairly, contact your local Accord officer to discuss further. Feel free to chat to us through our online chat (available Monday-Thursday 8:30-17:30 & Friday 08:30-17:00), or drop us an email to [email protected].
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