Information for staff

Published: 2 March 2020

Updated 21 September, 11.05.
The university has continued monitoring and increased preparedness regarding the development of covid-19. The development is continuously monitored by the university's central coordination group and the group have regular meetings.

Latest information

  • Region Norrbotten informs that  people with cold symptoms can test for Covid-19. Region Västerbotten also conduct tests.
  • You who have a confirmed covid-19 infection should stay at home for at least seven days after you have fallen ill. You should also have been free from fever the last two days and clearly feel better, according to the Swedish Health Agency, the heading "How can we reduce the spread of infection".
  • It is Region Norrbotten's infection tracing unit that initiates infection tracing and discussion about possible measures at workplaces and schools.
  • If someone you live with has been diagnosed with covid-19, read the information on Swedish Public Health Agency, read more under the headline "What should we do if someone in our household is ill with suspected or confirmed covid-19?"

Travel and visits

  • The university recommends that all travels should be carefully considered, both domestic and international travel. For more information, read the information from Public Health Agency and the infromation of Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • If visits from another country are assessed as prioritized and important, the host is responsible for ensuring that the participants receive information about the Swedish Public Health Agency's recommendations. Above all, people with cold symptoms should not visit teh university. For more information about travel rules to Sweden, read infromation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and information from Swedish police.

Remember: The Swedish Public Health Agency's recommendations, good hand hygiene, stay at home if you have cold symptoms, even for mild symptoms, avoid touching your hands on your face and keep your distance from others.

Autumn 2020

On June 15, the government announced that the recommendation on distance education would be removed. The universities reopened. On 30 July, the Swedish Public Health Agency extended its recommendation for continued homework, where possible. The recommendation is valid until the turn of the year. The purpose is to avoid congestion in public transport and less people in workplaces. Below is the university's attitude towards homework for employees during the autumn semester 2020.

  • The corona-adapted campus activities that the university is now introducing entail a need for more attendance by both students and staff than was the case in the spring of 2020. Students and staff are expected to continue to act in a way that minimizes the risk of the spread of infection and in all contexts maintain physical distancing.
  • Based on the needs, each manager assesses the extent to which it is possible for employees to work from home. The purpose is to avoid congestion in public transport and less people in workplaces.
  • Each manager assesses what other measures are possible to take for reduced spread of infection, while maintaining a functioning work. 
  • Each manager is responsible for continued contact with all employees to follow up on their work environment. Employees who for ergonomic or other reasons should not work from home must perform the work at the workplace. Read the blogg of Veronica Sundström, Head of Professional Services.
  • Read more about the digital tools offered for remote work. 
  • Insurance when working from home: A person who performs their gainful employment at home and has an accident may be insured for an accident at work in accordance with the Personal Injury Agreement (PSA). However, this presupposes that the accident is in a clear and direct connection with the gainful employment that is performed. More information about the insurances at the University. 
    ​Read more about insurances in the FAQ.

Teaching autumn 2020

The teaching must be carried out partly on site, partly digitally. In the case of students in year 1, large parts of the teaching must be carried out on the university's premises. At the same time, the groups must not be too large and the distance of two meters between each other must be kept. A FAQ has been sent out to you as a teacher via email regarding LP 1. This applies to Reading period 1, but also Reading period 2, provided that no new decision is made. Read more about how teaching rooms have been adapted for the autumn and recommendations.

App for information about covid-19

If you want to follow the information and know more about the Swedish strategy around covid-19, we recomend you to load down the app from appstore from the authority Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency.

Wage negotiations

  • The salary negotiations within the university will begin when the national agreements are ready.

Please remember

  • We recall the importance of upholding the recommendations of the Public Health Agency.
  • Stay home if you're sick.
    Keep the distance between each other.

Changes abolished waiting period deduction

If you are sick

  • As an employee of Luleå University of Technology, you must report sick leave as usual. The University makes a reduction of one day of your salay as usual. The government has decided to change the waiting period deduction because of corona. You request compensation from Försäkringskassan afterwards. The amount is SEK 700 and can be requested from Försäkringskassan. They have an e-service where you can request compensation. 
  • In normal cases, you must submit a medical certificate after day 7. From March 27, medical certificates are only needed after 21 days of sickness when you apply for sickness benefit. The Healt centers in Norrbotten can issue medical certificates by telephone.
  • Absence from work due to being, or suspected of being infected in accordance with the provisions of the Infection Protection Act (2004: 168), must be paid through a decision by the treating physician, infection control physician or the equivalent in order to be paid a salary.

Recommendations to avoid the spred of Covid-19

  • Important! If you are sick, stay at home! Do not return to work or school for at least two days after you have recovered.
  • If you have a family member who is ill, you can go to work as long as you have no symptoms yourself.
  • All employees/students who exhibit the slightest signs of cold/respiratory symptoms should stay at home, according to recommendations from the the Publich Health Agency of Sweden
  • Wash your hands frequently, avoid touching your face and eyes and close contact with people who are sick.

Check your facts and stay updated

Continue to follow information at this web site and the websites of the expert authorities. As the situation is constantly changing the University's management has  coordination meetings two- three times a week.


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