Mar 20, 2020
by Ed Lamb
Coronavirus News You May Have Missed
No one can keep up with the flood of information the rises by the minute. Here are stories of particular interest and relevance to public sector HR professionals. For guidance, policies and CDC workplace posters, as well as to share resources you have discovered, visit IPMA-HR’s coronavirus response page.
- Coronavirus Guidance From Governors and State CIOs, Government Technology
- Alaska Issues Policy for Firefighters Assisting People With Possible COVID-19, Alaska Public Media
- Vermont EMS Taps Strategic Stockpiles of Protective Gear, VTDigger
- Coronavirus Threatens to Blow Big Holes in State Budgets, Route Fifty
- Coronavirus Challenges County Public Health Departments, National Association of Counties
- Prioritize Equity in COVID-19 Response, Race, Equity and Leadership Council of the National League of Cities
- Coronavirus Puts Prisons in Tight Spot Amid Staff Shortages, Threats of Lockdown, Kaiser Health News
- Understaffed Veterans Affairs Scrambles to Confront COVID-19, Government Executive
- Emergency Coronavirus Response Funds for the Indian Health Service Stalled, Politico
- Miami Beach Commissioner Asks if First Responders Should ‘Take One for the Team’ With Coronavirus, South Florida Sun Sentinel
- Letter Carriers Say the Postal Service Pressured Them to Deliver Mail Despite Coronavirus Symptoms—and Often Without Hand Sanitizer, ProPublica
- Government’s Maximum Telework Policy Overlooks Contractors, Nextgov
This Week’s Other Headlines
15 Questions About Remote Work, Answered, Harvard Business Review
Stop wondering how to “create a good remote culture,” what the best practices for virtual meetings are, how to interact with clients/customers outside the office and a host of other issues inevitably raised by suddenly dispersing staff to work from home.
OPM Chief Abruptly Resigns, Politico
Dale Cabaniss, who only took the reins at the Office of Personnel Management last September, left the agency without warning on March 17. Tensions with the recently hired head of the Presidential Personnel Office, John McEntee, were mentioned as the cause. McEntee is conducting what has been described as a purge of appointed officials believed to be insufficiently loyal to Donald Trump. It is unclear how OPM being once more without a permanent director will affect administration plans to radically reorganize the federal workforce.
How ‘Ghosting Afflicts Public Sector Recruitment, Route Fifty
An average time to hire of 104 days leads too many promising candidates to give up on public sector employment. Extensive background checks also discourage people who make it through an initial screening and interview. Denver is offered as an example of a municipality that has succeeded in streamlining the process of bringing in new talent.
New Mexico Governor Signs Union Bargaining Bill, AP
As summarized by groups that advocated for the overhaul of collective bargaining by public sector employees in the state, the new law “consolidates the number of local labor boards to provide more efficiency and accountability, while reducing delays in petitions to unionize workplaces. Jurisdictions without a local labor board will default to the state Public Employee Labor Relations Board on collective bargaining matters.”