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Meet and Confer Update

DHA Return to Work Plan

June 23, 2021

     On June 22, 2021, UPE and DHA met and conferred over the Department’s return to work plan.  The Department intends to begin returning telework staff to the office on July 19, 2021, and return to full operations on August 23, 2021.  Workers who have been issued Cradle Point technology and/or have an approved ADA will be allowed to remain out on telework.  UPE requested a list of workers required to stop telework and a list of workers that will be allowed to continue telework.

     In the long term, the Department plans to offer limited rotational telework opportunities.  The Department will present its long-term telework plan to UPE in order for the two sides to meet before implementation.  The Department did not have specifics at this time other than to state that opportunities will be available at both open lobbies and Service Centers.  The Department is waiting for additional guidance from Cal-OHSA and County Counsel before updating its policies on masks for clients and staff.  The Department expected this information later this week.

     On August 23, 2021, the Department plans to end restrictions on lobby capacity and return to the standard number of intakes.  In-person job clubs, CAM, and ENT assessments will also resume normal in-person operations.  The Department will keep in place the majority of safety protocols put into place during the pandemic, including access to cleaning supplies, barriers, and additional cleaning.  UPE and DHA are currently scheduling another meeting for July to continue discussing these plans.  UPE will update the membership with more information after that meeting.


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