Updated March 24, 2020
This is a very difficult update to write, and it's even harder to have to type it rather than get together for a group meeting. Digital communication only goes so far, and in this moment I feel like it falls short.
There's been so many changes over the last week, and we have been working hard to keep up with the news and new bills getting signed. As you all have seen, Governor Evers has mandated the closure of all non-essential businesses through April 24, which includes us. We will be allowed to continue distribution, fulfillment, and customer service on a small scale, but anything required in Suite 300 will be handled by Adam or me.
Beginning March 25, 2020, all hourly workers are temporarily laid off. I have consulted with several colleagues in HR and accounting, and we will be leaving everyone enrolled in Gusto at this time. This will make the transition to bring everyone back on the payroll easier when we are allowed to open.
Beginning tomorrow, you all should apply for unemployment benefits, and mark that you have been temporarily laid off and are getting zero hours per week starting March 25. Do this at https://dwd.wi.gov/uiben/apply/. I will be prompt to fill out all of the paperwork on my end, but it must be initiated by the employee.
Regarding insurance, Adam and I will cover 100% of the premiums for employees with health/dental/vision/life coverage in April. You will not owe us for your contributions. Beginning May 1, if we aren't yet allowed back at work, we will need to reassess the situation. We are watching legislation closely for benefits that might be coming for employees in the position of losing their health insurance. Please look for correspondence mid-April regarding our decision about health insurance coverage in May.
Everyone will be given the option to cash out PTO on the paycheck depositing April 3 which is for hours worked March 16-March 29. Please write email@example.com with your PTO requests by no later than March 28. If the PTO causes you to go over 80 hours, we will cash out the remaining balance the following pay period. This should be reported as vacation pay on your unemployment benefits.
Our goal right now is to keep Retrospekt afloat so we can all come back here when this is over. As we are starting to see canceled wholesale orders, Retrospekt will be sustained solely through online sales. In the meantime, our priority is to be communicative and helpful, and make sure you all have access to the benefits that are out there.
I have never been in this situation before. I, too, have a lot of questions and am anxiously waiting more legislation to pass to provide assistance to small businesses and everyone losing their jobs. Adam, Michael, Haley, Bryan, Kyle and I will be working very hard with significant pay cuts to keep Retrospekt alive.
Please contact me with any questions at all -- insurance, benefits, unemployment, etc. I am here to help us get through this. firstname.lastname@example.org
Stay strong, stay inside if you can, and we will be here with open arms for all that wish to return when the time comes.
Aurora Healthcare has created an online page to help people get access to care for COVID-19. This could be a good option for those who do not have a primary care physician. Check the resource HERE.
If you have symptoms of fever (100º+) with coughing or issues breathing, you need to stay home and monitor your symptoms. Ideally, one would be able to get testing to confirm if they have COVID-19. Until then, we only have symptoms to go off of, and some cases are very mild. If you find yourself in this position, we will work with you on a case by case basis. For now, the instructions are to stay home, call your doctor, and follow your physician's instructions.
The reality is, a lot of us are probably going to get it and we won’t know it (until testing is widely available.) We need to close our social circles to the bare necessities to diminish the spread, not just for ourselves, but others.
Assuming testing eventually becomes available and you discover you have COVID-19, please let us know. There are *hopefully* government supports coming for those who contract COVID-19 and cannot work. Please tell us so we are able to make a plan and help you. I don’t know what that looks like yet, but please just communicate if you’re in this situation so we can make a plan together.
All occurrences/absences are waived until further notice. I don’t want people to feel like their job is in jeopardy if they stay home. Requirement to give 7 days notice to use PTO is waived until further notice. Please keep professionalism and accountability in mind with this change.
Our efforts at Retrospekt will be even more successful if people are practicing social distancing and isolation in their personal lives. Young people are often asymptomatic or have mild symptoms, so it is our responsibility to stay away from high-risk populations and the public in general. It is time to stop going to cafes, bars, restaurants, and events. This is going to be hard on small businesses that get revenue from daily sales to the community. Consider supporting small businesses like coffee shops and restaurants by buying gift cards to visit them later.
Social distancing is effective because it flattens the bell curve of cases. Social distancing means closing your social circle to necessities like work and your home contacts. If all high risk populations get it all at once, our hospitals will be overwhelmed and won’t be able to care for everyone. It’s not just about protecting yourself, it’s about protecting vulnerable populations.
At the end of the day, vintage electronics are not important over human life. However, we are also in a unique position as a business where we can limit our interaction with outside parties, and thus our overall exposure, as long as we all do our part to take proactive measures both outside and inside the workplace. As long as it is appropriate, we want to keep Retrospekt up and running, not only to maintain the business we’ve all worked so hard to create and grow, but also to be able to continue our ability to provide a reliable revenue stream for our employees as this virus makes its rounds over the next few months or longer.
Stay positive and check back for updates. Any updates will appear at the top of this pages. Call or text me with any questions.
Retrospekt COVID-19 Protocols & Procedures
Minimize interaction with high-touch areas (Note: these protocols are written in a way that even if one person didn’t follow it, YOU would be protected if YOU followed it.)
Basic hygiene etiquette
Basic human etiquette :)
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