General

Are essential employees who call off subject to discipline?

April 7, 2020

Are essential employees who call off subject to discipline?

If an employee is working and needs to call off, they need to follow the guidelines.  If they want to take a day off, they need to request it as usual and...

If an employee elects to use FMLA, is it unlimited or restricted to the 12-week entitlement?

April 7, 2020

If an employee elects to use FMLA, is it unlimited or restricted to the 12-week entitlement?

Yes, still just the 12 weeks. The federal regulations are a work in progress, but as of now, this is what we have. The 12 weeks will count toward your entitlement for...

If non-essential employees elect to file for unemployment, will they be guaranteed the ability to return to work?

April 7, 2020

If non-essential employees elect to file for unemployment, will they be guaranteed the ability to return to work?

Yes, the Commonwealth wants people to come back to work when this is over.

Will telework be offered to non-essential employees also?

April 7, 2020

Will telework be offered to non-essential employees also?

Agencies are actively pursuing telework.  The first priority is for essential employees, but they are pursuing it for non-essential employees as well.  Finding laptops to purchase is very difficult right now.

Will essential employees who are currently teleworking continue to be permitted to telework?

April 7, 2020

Will essential employees who are currently teleworking continue to be permitted to telework?

Yes, essential employees will continue to be permitted to telework. In the future, it is possible these employees will move to a hybrid plan (part telework and part report-to-work).

Will the employee’s use of sick leave disqualify them from being able to earn the additional leave outlined in Article 14 Section 13 and Recommendation 14 Section 13?

April 7, 2020

Will the employee’s use of sick leave disqualify them from being able to earn the additional leave outlined in Article 14 Section 13 and Recommendation 14 Section 13?

This is not something they have thought about.  We have added it to our list of impact bargaining items.

In areas where we do not have existing agreements, will the employees be asked to return to work by seniority?

April 7, 2020

In areas where we do not have existing agreements, will the employees be asked to return to work by seniority?

Yes, where all other things are equal.  Certifications and qualifications may be a factor depending on the nature of the work to be performed.  If all other things are equal, it will...

Will contractors be let go before bargaining unit employees?

April 7, 2020

Will contractors be let go before bargaining unit employees?

If or when we get into furlough mode, yes.  Right now, we have contractors who do work alongside our bargaining unit members in areas like IT and nursing.

Can we work with the PLCB to fabricate safety glass partitions for other agencies?

April 7, 2020

Can we work with the PLCB to fabricate safety glass partitions for other agencies?

The Commonwealth did not say no to this idea. The union will look into this. We also suggested using our other trades employees to do this work.  If you are on our...

Will an employee be permitted to return to work if they want to or will they be required to use one of the leave options?

April 7, 2020

Will an employee be permitted to return to work if they want to or will they be required to use one of the leave options?

There is a critical need on UC side and OIM – maybe in UC but OIM is more difficult because of the work they do.  They are looking at opening up the...