Boundless HR Coronavirus FAQs Pt. 1

We know that many of you have questions as together we navigate these uncharted waters. To help, we’ve compiled answers to some of the most common questions we’ve received so far. In the coming days and weeks, we will continue to do our best to share information and are exploring options for a virtual town hall. To make sure you stay up to date, please keep checking your emails and our new webpage: www.iamboundless.org/BoundlessTeam.

If you have any questions about your specific circumstances, please talk with your immediate supervisor or human resources.

During this difficult time, our continued ability to provide critical services to individuals and families, along with protecting the health and safety of the people we serve and our staff remains our highest priority.

Q: Should I continue to work during the pandemic? 
A: Yes, unless you are sick. Some staff can and are working remotely, while others provide critical functions to the individuals we serve and need to continue to work from a specific location.

Q: What symptoms should I be looking for?   
A: The Coronavirus symptoms to monitor are:

  • a temperature of 100.4 or higher
  • cough, shortness of breath, or other lower respiratory symptoms, such as chest tightness or wheezing upon exhaling, that is new and not part of a chronic health condition, such as COPD or emphysema

Q: What if I get Coronavirus? 
A: The policy on sick time hasn’t substantially changed due to the Coronavirus epidemic. If you are sick, you should follow established procedures for using PTO. You should also follow your physician’s orders and/or the CDC’s guidelines for care.

We are temporarily waiving the timing requirements to request PTO because of the current situation. We ask that you notify your supervisor immediately if you need to take time off.

Q: What if a member of my household has Coronavirus? 
A: If you have been exposed to someone diagnosed with the Coronavirus or a member of your family or household has any symptoms of Coronavirus, you can return to work if no symptoms exist after fourteen days or a negative test result is received.

Q: When can I return to work if I had Coronavirus? 
A: People with COVID-19 who have stayed home (home isolated) can stop home isolation under the following conditions:

If you have not been tested to determine if you are still contagious, you can leave home after these three things have ALL happened:

  • You have had no fever for at least seventy-two hours (that is three full days of no fever without the use of medicine that reduces fevers).  
  • Your other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath has improved).  
  • At least seven days have passed since your symptoms first appeared.  

If you have been tested to determine if you are still contagious, you can leave home after these three things have ALL happened:  

  • You no longer have a fever (without the use of medicine that reduces fevers).  
  • Your other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath has improved).  
  • You received two negative tests in a row, twenty-four hours apart.

Q: What about Family Medical Leave?    
A: If you are away from work for three days or more because you are experiencing symptoms, or your spouse/child/parent is experiencing symptoms, you may apply for leave under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). If your doctor certifies the leave as a serious health condition under FMLA, your absence will be protected under FMLA. Given how busy health care provider offices and medical facilities are, you will have thirty days to provide this documentation rather than the fifteen days typically required by law.

Q: What if I have an underlying medical issue?   
A: If you have any underlying medical issues and your doctor requires you to remain home, please provide us with documentation. If reviewed and approved, you may be able to work from home. If you cannot work remotely, you can utilize accrued PTO to continue to be paid. If you do not have PTO to cover your absence, you may be granted unpaid leave.

Q: What if I have no PTO? 
A: If you test positive for the Coronavirus or need to stay home due to a Coronavirus related reason and have no PTO, you may be eligible for unpaid leave. Please talk to your supervisor or Human Resources as soon as possible. If you are granted unpaid leave under any of the above circumstances or FMLA, your benefits will be continued for twelve weeks, and you will not be subject to any corrective action.

Q: Where can I learn more?   
A: If you have additional questions about the Coronavirus in general, the CDC and the state of Ohio both have some fantastic resources available.