Is there anything that I can use to be able to stay at home to avoid possibly bringing home the Coronavirus to my family?
There are certainly a couple of options that might be available, including applying for FMLA leave or a personal leave of absence. Please contact your HR professional for further details and eligibility requirements.
As a general matter, though, team members should feel safe coming into work. As noted in a previous response, we have taken numerous steps to limit exposure to our team members. For example, we have directed team members not to come to work if:
- They have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or have been diagnosed with COVID-19;
- They are at risk of exposure because of a family member who has symptoms of COVID-19 or is subject to a self-quarantine order or directive;
- They have traveled outside of the country in the last two weeks;
- They have traveled outside of the state for 3 or more days in the last two weeks.
We have also redoubled our cleaning and hygiene procedures. Our facilities are subject – daily – to extensive cleaning and sterilization procedures. In addition, we’ve worked to increase team members’ awareness of best hygiene practices. That – and optimizing physical distance from others – is key to not contracting COVID-19, whether at work or outside of work. To the extent team members exhibit symptoms of certain illnesses, they are being instructed to go home (and, if necessary, self-quarantine).
As a designated “critical infrastructure industry” by the US Department of Homeland Security, Indiana Packers is committed to following best practices so we can continue to supply meat products to consumers. If you’ve gone grocery shopping in the past few weeks, you can appreciate why this is the case. Indeed, the government has urged us to remain in operation so we can continue to play a critical role in ensuring that food is available for members of our community. Therefore, we plan to remain open for business (and continue to provide wages and benefits to our employees) so that we can supply those necessities.