Company policy for COVID -2019 The situation with Coronavirus (COVID-2019) is an important public health issue and our paramount concern is the wellbeing and safety of our employees and agents. is actively monitoring all available information related to the outbreak. While there are a number of countries around the world where the virus is particularly prevalent, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continue to believe that the risk to the American public, domestically, is currently low. However, this situation continues to evolve. Therefore, all employees, agents, and others should familiarize themselves with the facts about the Coronavirus, including signs and symptoms of the disease and known manners of transmission. Until we know more, The Company is taking a number of steps and issuing the following guidance: Travel and Events
Effective immediately, all international business travel is temporarily suspended. Should you have international travel already planned, or are currently traveling, a member of our business travel team will contact you directly.
If you have visited, had a layover in, or are returning from one of the countries listed by the CDC in the last month – whether for personal or business reasons – or you have had extended close contact with an individual who has (e.g., a household/family member), you must notify your HR Business Partner prior to returning to work. You may be required to work at home for a period of time of up to two weeks due to the potential 14-day incubation period after exposure identified by the CDC.
Domestic business travel is not impacted at this time. However, we ask that you speak with your manager and use appropriate judgment about whether the travel plans are necessary. Please consider using the company’s video and audio-conferencing technologies as an alternative.
We are encouraging the postponement of any international personal travel to places identified by the CDC, and should you or a household/family member decide to travel, you must notify your HR Business Partner prior to returning to work. You may be required to work at home for a period of time of up to two weeks due to the potential 14-day incubation period after exposure identified by the CDC.
We realize that there are a number of company and external conferences and events booked. The company will monitor and review on an event-by-event basis. We will endeavor to message a decision about each event approximately 10 days in advance of the date of that event. Driving the decision will be, as always, the health and safety of our employees and agents.
Doing Your Part
If you or a family member feel you may have come in contact with an infected person or a location that has been identified where an infected person may have been present, please stay home, contact your health care provider immediately, and reach out to your HR Business Partner. You may be required to work at home for a period of time of up to two weeks due to the potential 14-day incubation period after exposure identified by the CDC.
As always, please exercise proper hygiene measures, such as hand washing and using hand sanitizer.
Most importantly, if you feel ill with cold/flu-like symptoms, please inform your manager and do not come to the office.
Our Offices and Technology
All of our offices remain open for business and our employees and agents are encouraged to continue business as usual. However, because this is a developing issue, we ask that, if possible, employees and agents bring home their laptops and any other items required for work each evening in case of the need to work from home. If you’re unsure whether your responsibilities can be performed from home, please consult with your manager. ensure your account is current and your log-in credentials are up to date.
Ensure your personal details are up to date, particularly your personal email and cellphone number. If this information is not up to date, please update it.
As noted, this is a rapidly evolving health issue and you are strongly encouraged to stay informed about the situation. In addition to information from the media, other resources are available on the CDC’s website. Additional updates from the company, will be shared in the days ahead, and you can find these and more on as they become available. Thank you for your understanding and support during this evolving situation. Your health and that of your families is of the utmost importance.
As we stated yesterday to all employees on March 3, the situation with Coronavirus is an important public health issue and our paramount concern is the well-being and safety of our employees and agents. In addition to the steps we outlined in the email, and with an abundance of caution, we have decided to take additional steps related to internal and external meetings. For the remainder of the month of March, we are going to limit holding any large company meetings—which we are defining as 20 or more people—while we monitor the situation and see how it evolves during the rest of the month. This means that any large company meetings that are already planned for March should either be canceled or postponed and if possible, held virtually. For all other meetings, please consider using teleconference or videoconference capabilities whenever possible. In addition, employees who are scheduled to attend external meetings in March should cancel their plans, and if possible, attend these meetings virtually. This includes industry conferences, training sessions, and gatherings with third parties such as vendors and suppliers. We recognize this additional direction will be a disruption to business as usual activities. However, we believe it is the best course of action while we monitor this developing situation, and we ask for your close cooperation as we continue to take steps to carefully manage our overall response in support of the entire company. We will continue to share additional updates in the days ahead, as they become available. Thank you for your understanding,