MA Emergency Paid Sick Leave BillThe following memo was distributed to all Agency heads last week, regarding the Massachusetts Emergency Paid Sick Leave bill. The bill was signed into law and provides, in-part: The full-text PDF of the memo can be found HERE.
March 23, 2020
As you know, NAGE has been actively advocating for the Administration to provide health and safety measures for our NAGE members in the workplace to combat the spread of COVID-19. Please click HERE to view all NAGE is working on to protect our members at this time. We have been successful in getting the administration to move thousands of employees out of the workplace and to full-time telecommuting.
However, some NAGE members remain in the offices who have been deemed CORE. The RMV, DPH, DUA and many EOHHS agencies are continuing most operations and our members are on the “Front Line” in the response to COVID-19. NAGE is committed to getting our FRONT LINE members the most protections we can and will fight for a benefit for their sacrifices made in risking their health to serve the citizens.
If you are still working in an office and do not believe you are doing CORE work, please know that NAGE is challenging whether these folks are really CORE. CORE is NOT day-to-day business, it is essential functions of the agency that cannot be performed outside the office, such as payroll, records and some management-only functions. Additionally, CORE in a limited number of agencies is in place in response to the COVID-19 virus but they have moved to reduce staff/hours/shifts and keep them at FULL PAY.
I am asking that you send me an email if you have any members or departments in your agencies working in the office that have been deemed CORE that should NOT be. We are seeing a few agencies keeping almost full staff and deeming day to day work CORE because of a lack of equipment. Additionally, they are not reducing hours to limit exposure. Please advise me ASAP if this is the case for anyone in your workplace or any department.
We have written to Governor Baker, expressing our concerns that many agencies are not following his directives to reduce the in-person workforce to comply with social distancing, and have failed to evaluate true core functions that are necessary during this pandemic. You can find the letter HERE.
Lastly, and most importantly, here is a video message from NAGE National President David J. Holway to all NAGE members.
Thank you for all you do! Please stay safe!
Leo W. Munroe
Stanley Thompson - Representative
NAGE Member Action Center
March 23, 2020
In accordance with Governor Baker’s restrictions on public gatherings, GIC's nine Benefit Fair events scheduled between Friday, April 10 and Monday, April 27 are canceled.
Please note that GIC will extend the deadline for Annual Enrollment from Friday, May 1 to Monday, June 1, 2020 in order to alleviate some of the processing limitations that may arise from staffing capacity.
Open Enrollment materials will be shared with you as they become available.
In the meantime, please visit GIC’s website to view all the available resources the GIC has to offer members and public employees in response to COVID-19:
NAGE offers Gov Baker coronavirus prevention assistance
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