COVID-19 UPDATE 3/18/20
We understand that some may be concerned by reports in various media outlets about the coronavirus (COVID-19) and its potential impact on you, your families, and your jobs. At The Logistics Company, Inc., we are closely monitoring the situation. We are aware that the Center of Disease and Control (CDC) provided the attached information and guidance, and we encourage you to read it thoroughly.
The advice provided by the CDC is similar to the precautions you already take during flu season, and the current risk to the majority of United States “remains low”. In addition, the guidance also outlines that preparing for potential outbreak is similar to how we might prepare for weather emergencies, like hurricanes and flooding. Because part of preparing for an emergency like this may include a plan for temporary business closures, we wanted to remind you of our teleworking policy (below). Please make sure you and your staff all have a teleworking agreement on file now to avoid any last minute confusion.
If the government closes early or doesn’t open because of extreme weather or other emergency, TLC management will determine on a project-by-project basis whether individuals should report to work, where they should report to work, how long they should report to work, and/or how time should be documented. Because weather and emergencies can affect geographies differently, employees should always use their judgment in whether they can get to work safely, and perform their work safely and notify their supervisor/manager accordingly.
If staff has a valid teleworking agreement in place, their position allows for it and it is approved by all entities required, they may telework. If their position does not allow for telework, employees are encouraged to use available Vacation, Sick Time or LWOP, as liberal leave applies to your specific project. All leave must be approved by a manager. If any specific Collective Bargaining Agreement has language specific to extreme weather or other emergency that process will be followed.
If an employee chooses to travel to any country that has a CDC issued Level 2 and Level 3 Travel Warning may be required and encouraged to voluntarily self-quarantine for the suggested 14 days and return to work with a doctor’s letter clearing you to return to work. In the event the employee self-quarantines, the policy regarding weather and base closure due to emergency will be in effect and the employee will be allowed to take liberal leave, i.e. sick time, vacation time and/or leave without pay. In the event an employee is sick they may qualify for Family Medical Leave and/or Short Term Disability, if applicable.
Additionally, if any of the above situations occur employees are encourage to go to their state specific unemployment website to see if they might qualify for any benefits offered.
This update supersedes any previous guidance related to this subject.
If anyone has questions regarding this guidance please contact your Manager, Project Manager or Human Resources at HR@tlc-inc.net.
Unemployment Links By State
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Unemployment Insurance information for Workers and Employers https://www.benefits.gov/benefit/1720
The Logistics Company, Inc.
3400 Walsh Parkway – Fayetteville, NC 28311 – 910.482.8084 – Fax: 910.482.8083 – www.tlc-inc.net