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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Company Updates

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Company Updates

 

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Company Update Regarding Employees’ CAL Balances

March 18, 2020


All Employees:

We are continuing to operate while keeping our facilities open and allowing those who can work from home to do so. To support those of you who may need to be absent from work without the ability to work from home, we have decided, on a temporary basis, to allow you to accumulate a negative CAL balance of up to 40 hours through April 3, 2020. In order to accumulate a negative CAL balance, you will need to first exhaust your existing CAL balance.

In addition to the support from the Company, multiple government agencies are supporting employees who cannot work due to the COVID-19 situation. If this applies to you, please use the following link: https://in.ga.com/BusinessContinuity/Pages/home.aspx.

Please contact your HR representative if you have any questions.



Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)  

Company Update

March 15, 2020

All Employees:   


We understand that you may have questions regarding absences due to school closures, personal illness, you or a family member having been exposed to the coronavirus, and/or the government has urged you to remain in isolation due to your risk profile. 


What should you do if your child has to stay home due to the closure of his/her school? 

• Explore alternate options to provide care for your child during the work day. 

• Notify your direct manager if you need to miss time from work to care for your child because of his/her school closure. 


What are your CAL/LWOP options during an absence (i) to care for your child impacted by the school closure, (ii) due to personal illness or you or a family member having been exposed to the coronavirus, and/or (iii) due to the government urging you to remain in isolation due to your risk profile? 

• Available CAL (CAL-Sick as applicable) 

• Scheduled Leave Without Pay (LWOP) 


While we continue to operate at full capacity and expect to meet deliveries to our customers, we also understand that you may have questions regarding the potential to work from home. Depending on the nature of your role, you may be allowed to work from home as the coronavirus situation continues to develop. Certain employees will not be allowed to work from home due to the nature of the role, the needs of the business, and/or technology restrictions. Your manager, in coordination with HR and the cognizant VP, will notify you if you are allowed to work from home, and if so, to what extent. 


If you are allowed to work remotely, we expect you to adhere to the following guidelines: 

• Per the normal course of business, you are expected to work the hours necessary to accomplish your work responsibilities and objectives, and record such hours accurately. Your timecard must accurately reflect the time you have worked. If you are an hourly employee, you should take meal and rest breaks as appropriate, and not accrue overtime without manager approval. 

• You are expected to work solely from home, and to be available and responsive during your normal working hours. 

• Your meetings will be via teleconference or other forms of electronic communication. 

• You should continue to observe all our policies, procedures and practices, including our Employee Information Guide. 

• Any work product completed at home is considered Company property. 

• All work equipment and work files, whether in electronic form or hard copy, must be managed confidentially and securely in a safe environment, and returned to the office when you return. 


The health, safety and well-being of you and our community on and off-campus are our top priorities. We will continue to provide you with updates as the situation evolves, including with regards to potential government benefits that may become available and timekeeping instructions. Please consult with your HR representative if you have any additional questions. We may modify these arrangements at any time. 





Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)  

Company Update

March 13, 2020 

All Employees: 

We understand the growing concern as the scope of the COVID-19 outbreak continues to increase. The health, safety and well-being of our community on or off-campus are our top priority. All of us are responsible for taking preventative measures to minimize the risks and potential spread of COVID-19. Accordingly, until further notice, please adhere to the following directives: 


What should you do if you are experiencing symptoms such as a cough, runny nose, sore throat, fever, and/or difficulty breathing? 

•  You should notify your manager that you will not be in the office, so as to not make others sick. 

 

What should you do if you believe you have been exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19? 

•  Seek and follow your healthcare provider’s instructions regarding the appropriate course of action.

•  Do not enter any GA facility. 

•  Immediately notify HR of a confirmed case by calling 858-455-3075. For all other questions, please contact your HR Representative. 

 

Are you allowed to travel on Company business? 

•  All travel to and from your normal place of work should continue without change. 

•  All non-essential and emerging business travel, domestic and international, is suspended. 

•  Any essential travel requires the appropriate Vice President approval in coordination with the appropriate Human Resources representative. 

•  In addition, the Company urges extreme caution and judgment regarding personal travel. 


Should you hold or attend Company meetings, events, training activities, and gatherings? 

•  Use teleconference and/or web-based meetings if possible rather than in-person meetings. 

•  All in-person meetings must provide a social distancing of approximately six feet between each participant. 

•  All elective training activities are suspended. 

•  In addition, the Company urges extreme caution and judgment regarding holding or attending personal meetings, events and/or gatherings. 

 

Should you host visitors? 

•  All non-essential meetings with visitors, including customers, should be suspended.

•  All non-employees, including customers and visitors, will be verbally pre-screened upon arrival for symptoms of the virus.  

 

Will you be able to use the Company’s recreational facilities? 

•  All Company recreational facilities, including gyms, swimming pools, and showers, will be closed. 


As a reminder, you should take the same precautions as you would during cold and flu season such as: 


Frequently wash hands with soap and water. https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/when-how-handwashing.htmlAvoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 



Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)  

Company Update

March 5, 2020

 

All Employees:


We recognize that many of you have concerns regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  Coronavirus is an infectious disease that causes respiratory illness (e.g., the flu) with symptoms such as a cough, runny nose, sore throat, fever, difficulty breathing and, in more severe cases, pneumonia.  According to public health officials, you should take the same precautions as you would during cold and flu season such as:  

  Frequently wash hands with soap and water.  https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/when-how-handwashing.html  

  Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.  Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 

If you have the symptoms referenced above, you should use good judgment.  If necessary, you should notify your manager that you will not be in the office, so as to not make others sick.  If you do so, per Company policy, please use CAL and/or CAL sick. 

If you believe you have been exposed to the coronavirus, it’s important that you reach out to your healthcare provider and follow his/her guidance regarding the appropriate course of action.  If you plan to be absent from work due to such guidance, please notify your manager and your Human Resources representative of your planned absence. 

Travel:  Any essential travel to meet business requirements should be coordinated through the Company’s authorized travel provider, who has the latest information on travel bans and restrictions.  

Utilization of available approved video and teleconferencing tools is encouraged.      

Updates:  The Center for Disease Control (CDC) https://www.cdc.gov and World Health Organization (WHO) https://www.who.int/ are two other resources where you can find up to date information.  Relevant links and Company specific updates will be posted here:  General Atomics Business Continuity website. 

Should you have any other questions, please contact your Human Resources representative.