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UPE News Item

005 Meet & Confer Update

Reopening Plan- Public Defender

       On June 27, 2020, the Department of Personnel sent a return to work guideline in response to COVID-19. Each department must submit a plan and meet with respective labor organizations. As a result, UPE met virtually with the Public Defender’s Office to discuss their specific reopening plan.

       The Public Defender’s office encourages employees to self-screen themselves and stay home if they display symptoms of COVID-19.

       UPE inquired about the process for those employees who are exposed or have COVID-19. Those who have COVID-19 should either contact.1 the department head, personnel, and HR. A tracing team will be activated, the County health official will be contacted and they will follow the CDC guidelines. 

       UPE requested that our 005 employees should be allowed to telework. The Public Defender’s office said they cannot, since they need them to answer calls, print/file on site and work on transcriptions. 

       In regards to worksite cleaning and disinfecting, DGS is regularly cleaning including high touch areas. Employees are expected to clean their own workspace. UPE inquired if the Department has enough sanitizer and wipes for employees the Department responded, “Yes, but wipes have been on back order.” The County indicated that there are plexiglass barriers, adequate cubicle spacing, and face masks for employees.

       UPE proposed that controlled leave be suspended. The County is to provide their response soon.

       UPE indicated that if we have any questions or concerns, we reserve the right to meet or ask further questions. 

       We would like to thank the following 005 board members who participated in this meet and confer: Ernestine Stoddard, Dawn Richardson, Althea Russell, Brian Williams, and Jennifer Avalo. 

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