COVID-19 Strategy Update (5/8/2020)
A message from our CEO, Wendy Sullivan
Thank you for your continued commitment to those who count on us. Your dedication is impressive, and I am proud that we have been able to continue providing the support people need during this difficult time. You have been creative and resourceful, and for that, I am grateful.
We continue to develop our strategy for the potential reopening of our site-based program locations. Our COVID-19 task force has been busy developing a tiered plan that will align with local governmental guidelines. Currently, the date for each site is still unknown; please know that opening these locations may take some time to coordinate, and they will only open when appropriate.
Throughout this crisis, one of our priorities has been to support staff through these uncertain times. We added a COVID-19 pay differential of $3 per hour for every direct service shift worked in Community Living. Since March 16, 2020, we have provided supplemental wages for those with reduced or no hours due to the suspension of services.
Beginning May 11, 2020, we will no longer provide supplemental wages and will only be paying staff for actual hours worked. The current pay period of April 27 through May 10, which pays on May 22, 2020, will be the last containing supplemental wages. We believe that this strategy transition will impact very few people as we work to redeploy staff and develop our return to work plans. Full-time staff with available PTO will be allowed to use it. Full-time staff who do not have PTO available and part-time staff could start applying for supplemental wages through state unemployment benefits.
If your regular take-home pay is impacted and you have reduced hours or are out of work through no fault of your own, unemployment benefits may be available to you. For more information on unemployment benefits and how to apply for them see our FAQ page for more specific information at: https://tinyurl.com/yc6svgq9.
Although you may need to access supplemental unemployment benefits for a time, please remember that you remain employed at Easterseals Midwest. For those on our insurance, as long as you remain an employee of Easterseals, you will continue to have your current insurance coverage. However, you are still responsible for your portion of the monthly premium payment. The standard deductions will be taken out to cover these costs if you are still receiving a paycheck. If you do not have a check coming or a check is not enough to cover the premium cost, you must send in payment. Tracy Shelton and Ben Plawsky in benefits are also available to answer any of your questions.
Finally, as a continued reminder, if you are displaying COVID-19 symptoms - have been instructed to quarantine, test positive, or have been in contact with someone who has - you must report this immediately to your supervisor and email@example.com - 314-394-7061. You should not report to work until you discuss your situation with Darryl or someone in Human Resources.
If you have any questions or cannot find what you are looking for in the staff FAQs please send those questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your ongoing partnership during this challenging time. I could not be more proud of how this team of nearly 1,700 continues to respond to the ongoing changes and challenges. Your dedication to those we support continues to touch my heart each day. Thank you again.
Chief Executive Officer