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    Today's Labor History

    This week’s Labor History Today podcast: Coronavirus essential workers’ rights
    On this week’s show, organizer and union rep John Barry on “Coronavirus ‘essential workers’ have rights too;” ethnographer Candacy Taylor on "Beauty Shop Culture and the Labor of Hairdressing" and Tales from the Reuther Library podcast host Dan Goldner celebrates Frances Perkins’ birthday.
    Last week’s show: Socialists, suffragettes and fear at work

    IWW organizes the 1,700 member crew of the Leviathan, then the world’s largest vessel - 1930


    - David Prosten

    Today's Labor Quote: John Costa

    “We are prepared to take whatever aggressive action is necessary in order to protect our members and their families. Nothing is off the table. Dying is no way to make a living.”

    Costa is president of the Amalgamated Transit Union. The ATU and the Transport Workers Union represent members who operate the majority of bus, subway and streetcar systems across the country, and the two unions earlier this week vowed to take action if system operators don’t better protect their members from COVID-19. 

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  • OPM - Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Additional Guidance
    Updated On: Mar 16, 2020

    Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Additional Guidance | CHCOC

    Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Additional Guidance

    Saturday, March 7, 2020
    CPM 2020-05
    MEMORANDUM FOR: 
    HEADS OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES
    From: 
    DALE CABANISS, DIRECTOR
    Subject: 
    Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Additional Guidance

    This memorandum and attached questions and answers provides additional guidance for Federal agencies on how to respond to the impacts of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) on the Federal workforce. 

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to remind the American public that the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered low.  (See https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/summary.html.)  However, it remains critically important that the Federal Government continues to strengthen its efforts to protect the Federal workforce and ensure continuity of operations (COOP).  Therefore, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is providing additional guidance on COVID-19 to the Federal workforce to supplement our previously issued guidance.  (See CPM 2020-01, CPM 2020-02, and CPM 2020-04 at www.opm.gov/covid19.) 

    The questions and answers attached to this memorandum reflect the various inquiries OPM has received from agencies and employees regarding COVID-19 and human resources policies.  The topics discussed include: 

    • Determination of COVID-19 as a Quarantinable Communicable Disease;
    • Telework;
    • Sick Leave and Other Time Off;
    • Weather and Safety Leave;
    • Evacuation Payments;
    • Employee Relations;
    • Hazardous Duty Pay;
    • Workplace Protections; and
    • Office of Workers Compensation Programs (OWCP). 

    Agencies are strongly encouraged to continue reviewing and updating their emergency and COOP plans, as needed.  The successful incorporation of telework and “social distancingâ€� in COOP and emergency planning will allow the Federal Government to continue functioning efficiently and effectively, while ensuring the health and safety of employees.  Agency COOP plans should have telework fully incorporated so that as many employees as possible are working during a COOP activation.  

    Agencies should immediately review their current telework policies and ensure that written telework agreements are in place for as many employees as possible.  Agencies are strongly encouraged to sign situational (ad hoc) telework agreements with all telework eligible employees currently without a signed telework agreement.  Further, agencies should reassess their factors for determining telework eligibility to determine if additional categories of employees may be classified as telework eligible.  Finally, OPM encourages agencies to take steps to prepare all telework-ready employees to effectively telework and have access to agency IT systems and networks, as may be necessary, should the conditions from COVID-19 so warrant a Federal office closure.  For additional information, please see OPM’s Governmentwide Dismissal and Closure Procedures (https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/reference-materials/handbooks/dcdismissal.pdf).  

    As this is a rapidly evolving situation, OPM will continue to assist and inform agencies and employees regarding the potential impacts of and available responses to COVID-19.  OPM will also update our website on a frequent basis to provide the latest guidance and additional questions and answers.  The latest guidance and question and answers will be posted here: www.opm.gov/covid19.  To sign up for alerts on OPM guidance, please visit: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/pay-administration/#url=Listserv. 

    Additional Information 

    Agency headquarters-level human resources offices may contact OPM at pay-leave-policy@opm.gov with additional questions or clarifications.  Agency field offices should contact their appropriate headquarters-level agency human resources office.  Individual employees should contact their agency human resources office.  OPM and the Office of Management and Budget will continue to host periodic interagency calls concerning questions and issues that arise about relevant human resource issues.  

    cc:  Chief Human Capital Officers (CHCOs), Deputy CHCOs, Human Resources Directors, Work-Life Coordinators, Telework Managers, and Federal Executive Boards 

    Attachment:  See 508-conformant PDF below.

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