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As the coronavirus situation evolves, we want to help our members address workplace concerns by providing information and useful resources. IPMA-HR has compiled this list of guidelines, industry news articles, and HR sample policies as you prepare to respond to the coronavirus in your workplace. This page will be regularly updated with the latest resources so make sure to check back.

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To support all public sector HR professionals during the onset of the COVID-19 crisis, IPMA-HR provided free access to important virtual roundtables, webinars, and online forums. As jurisdictions are entering the re-opening phase, IPMA-HR is transitioning these free resources back to being a members-only benefit. We invite you to become an IPMA-HR member to continue your free access to not only these resources, but to all the year-round benefits of IPMA-HR membership.

Tell Us What Changed Due to COVID-19

How did your organizations respond? HR News is dedicating its August 2020 issue to documenting how public sector human resources stepped up when called on to keep the government workforce working optimally.

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Featured Virtual Roundtable: 

Best Practices to Avoid Legal Issues

Join David Ritter (Partner, Barnes & Thornburg) as he discusses best practices in safely reopening places of work in light of COVID-19. David has been advising clients on COVID-19 employment issues since the pandemic began and continues to do so. In this program, David will provide practical advice as well as guidance on legal pitfalls and risks that could arise.

David understands that many employers have questions they need answered so he will provide an abbreviated 20 minutes presentation and then throw it open for your questions to be answered.

 

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Latest Resources

National and local resources, guidelines, and announcements.

The U.S. Department of Labor has expanded on Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Questions and Answers.

The new questions include what documentation employers can ask regarding an employee obtaining a COVID-19 diagnoses, how to handle expanded FMLA leave requests after an employee has already been teleworking with children, and if expanded FMLA covers summer school closures:

93. I took paid sick leave and am now taking expanded family and medical leave to care for my children whose school is closed for a COVID-19 related reason. After completing distance learning, the children’s school closed for summer vacation. May I take paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave to care for my children because their school is closed for summer vacation?

No. Paid sick leave and emergency family and medical leave are not available for this qualifying reason if the school or child care provider is closed for summer vacation, or any other reason that is not related to COVID-19. However, the employee may be able to take leave if his or her child’s care provider during the summer—a camp or other programs in which the employee’s child is enrolled—is closed or unavailable for a COVID-19 related reason.

Read more on the DOL Website.

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Related Articles

An Overview of the Employment Provisions of the Family First Coronavirus Response Act

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201) takes effect on March 31, 2020. Its two primary employment provisions expand eligibility for Family and Medical Leave Act leave and make emergency paid sick leave available to some workers. These provisions will remain in effect until Dec. 31, 2020.

Relevant Policies

Protocol for Responding to a Confirmed Case of COVID-19 or Symptomatic Individuals

City of Milwaukee, WI

 

Employee COVID-19 Exposure Decision Tree

Alameda County, CA

 

COVID-19 Leave Request Form

City of Myrtle Beach, SC

 

Municipal Order Providing for Leave for Employees Diagnosed with COVID-19

City of Henderson, KY

 

 

 

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Archived
Webinars

Watch recent webinars on topics relevant to public sector's response to COVID-19.

The Brain Science of Shared Adversity and Resilience - Exploring The New Opportunity For Connection and Leadership
Unprecedented unity sparked by unprecedented shared adversity. As we continue to wade through this once-in-a-lifetime global challenge, this session will explore the brain science of adversity and how we can build stronger connections with those around us. Speaker: Eric Bailey, President and CEO of Bailey Strategic Innovation Group.

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How to Thrive and Flourish When Working in Isolation (From Home)
In these unprecedented times, many of us are not only grappling with the challenges of everyday life and jobs, but the new challenge of working from home.

To help you thrive and flourish in this new environment, we’ve invited Petra Kolber, a Certified Performance Coach with a background in positive psychology, to walk you through ways of seeking out the positive moments and rising above the negative noise. Together we can come out on the other side stronger than ever before. Recorded on 4/7/2020

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Coronavirus in the Workplace 
We invite you to join David B. Ritter for a discussion on topics such as remote work, furloughs and layoffs, testing for employees, and other critical issues facing employers today. (Recorded 3/25/2020)

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Archived Virtual Roundtables

Virtual Roundtable Series discussions on how public sector HR is handling Coronavirus in the workplace.

Topics: Re-Opening Plans

Join us for our latest discussion as part of our Virtual Roundtable Series on how Public Sector HR organizations are Handling Coronavirus in the Workplace. Panelists Maggie Kain (Human Resources Director, Town of Vienna, VA) and Robert Neiuber (Director of Human Resources, City of Rancho Cucamonga, CA) will be discussing Re-Open Plans and moving forward. (Recorded 4/16/2020)

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Topics: Furlough, Hazard Pay, and Hiring

Join us on the second discussion as part of our Virtual Roundtable Series focusing on how Public Sector HR Organizations are handling coronavirus in the workplace. Neil Reichenberg, IPMA-HR's Executive Director, will facilitate the conversation between our panelists: Jan Plank (Human Resources Director, Maricopa County, AZ), Quinton Herbert (Interim Director & Chief Human Capital Officer, City of Baltimore, MD), Renee Frieda (Assistant Human Resources Director, City of San Antonio, TX), Rebecca Kopcienski (Director of the Personnel Review Commission, Cuyahoga County, OH). (Recorded 4/16/2020)

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Topics: Communication to Employees, Managing a Remote Workforce, Redeployment

Our panelists Jay Osborne (HR Director, King County, Seattle, WA) and Karen Niparko (Executive Director, City and County of Denver, CO, Career Service Authority) discuss communicating to employees, managing a remote workforce, and redeployment of staff during the COVID-19 crisis. Our rountable is facilitated by Neil Reichenberg, Executive Director, IPMA-HR. (recorded 4/2/2020)


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Workplace Posters

Workplace posters provided by the CDC to keep staff informed about the coronavirus.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act - Employee Rights (English)

What you need to know about coronavirus (EnglishSpanish)

Symptoms of coronavirus (EnglishSpanish)

What to do if you are sick with coronavirus (EnglishSpanish)

Engage With Members 

Visit the IPMA-HR Open Forum for additional discussions between members regarding other municipalities questions, plans, and policies moving forward. Please note that the Open Forum is only available to members of IPMA-HR. We will, however, make every effort to add resources from the Open Forum to this publicly accessible page as they become available.

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