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COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave Policy

 

Effective November 2, 2020

 

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Health Carousel Travel Network (“HCTN”) provides eligible employees with emergency paid sick leave under certain conditions. Please review this Policy to fully understand HCTN’s eligibility criteria, emergency paid sick leave offering, and the responsibilities of eligible employees under this Policy.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA – POSITIVE COVID-19 TEST

All HCTN employees who are required to be quarantined due to

    1. a quarantine requirement by the client facility or state or local law

are eligible for up to two (2) weeks of emergency paid sick leave per assignment at the employee’s ordinary, regular-time rate for scheduled shifts, capped at the Weekly Hours threshold set forth in the employee’s Talent Assignment Confirmation Letter (“TACL”), provided that the employee:

    1. is actively on an assignment through HCTN at the time of exposure or symptom onset;
    2. undergoes a COVID-19 test within the first twenty-four (24) hours of the employee’s first missed shift;
    3. produces a doctor’s note and/or test result indicating a positive COVID-19 test result; AND
    4. submits all requested Documentation to HCTN in a timely fashion.

Employees will NOT be eligible for overtime pay for compensation offered during periods of non-work. Employees will be eligible for per diems during this quarantine period, provided that the employee cannot or does not return to their permanent tax home during the period of quarantine.

Failure to meet all of the eligibility criteria, including, without limitation, refusal to undergo a COVID-19 test shall negate an employee’s eligibility for emergency paid sick leave, except as otherwise required by law.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA –NEGATIVE COVID-19 TEST

All HCTN employees who are required to be quarantined due to

    1. a quarantine requirement by the client facility or state or local law

are eligible for up to five (5) consecutive days of emergency paid sick leave per assignment at the employee’s ordinary, regular- time rate for scheduled shifts, capped at the Weekly Hours threshold as set forth in the employee’s TACL, provided that the employee:

    1. is actively on an assignment through HCTN at the time of exposure or symptom onset;
    2. undergoes a COVID-19 test within twenty-four (24) hours of first missed shift;
    3. produces a doctor’s note and/or test result indicating a negative COVID-19 test result; AND
    4. submits all requested Documentation to HCTN in a timely fashion.

Employees will NOT be eligible for overtime pay for compensation offered during periods of non-work. Employees will be eligible for per diems during this quarantine period, provided that the employee cannot or does not return to their permanent tax home during the period of quarantine.

Failure to meet all of the eligibility criteria, including, without limitation, refusal to undergo a COVID-19 test shall negate an employee’s eligibility for emergency paid sick leave, except as otherwise required by law.

ADDIITIONAL INFORMATION

For the avoidance of doubt, an employee will NOT be eligible for any additional compensation for exposure or quarantine related to COVID-19 under the following circumstances:

    1. Quarantine related to travel (e.g., if an individual is required to quarantine in a location for a period of time as a result of the location being designated a “hot spot, that time shall not qualify for emergency paid sick leave.).
    2. Quarantine related to exposure that occurs during or as a result of scheduled time off or a period of voluntary leave.
    3. Quarantine that results in the delay of an assignment start or delay in returning from scheduled time off.
    4. Failure to return to an assignment following a negative test result.
    5. Quarantine due to living arrangements (e.g., exposure stemming from a housemate or family member.).

Any other paid sick leave offered by HCTN or otherwise required by law may be utilized in the event of any ineligibility, as may be available.

As a general rule, HCTN does not offer severance related to cancellation of an assignment or termination of employment. However, we understand that the current pandemic creates unique circumstances. Therefore, in the event of a cancellation of an assignment as a result of COVID-19 exposure, employees may be eligible for other offerings not covered under this Policy. Please contact covid19@healthcarousel.com for more information.

EMERGENCY PAID SICK LEAVE OFFERING

Employees will not be entitled to receive any other quarantine-related pay through HCTN except the emergency paid sick leave offering forth in this Policy, unless required by applicable law governing your assignment location. Employees may be eligible for client-sponsored offerings or client-initiated programs, as may be available. HCTN has not involvement in or control over any client-sponsored offerings or client-initiated programs.

DOCUMENTATION

HCTN may require any or all of the following:

    1. a completed HCTN COVID form;
    2. a copy of the test result with the collection date clearly noted; AND/OR
    3. a written communication from the client facility or a treating physician detailing the required dates of quarantine.

Documentation must be received prior to the timesheet cutoff in order to be processed in the current pay cycle. Any available sick time will be applied to the above scenarios in the case we cannot bill.

REQUESTING LEAVE

If you need to take emergency paid sick leave or believe you may be eligible for emergency paid sick leave, you must notify covid19@healthcarousel.com as soon as possible. You can also call 866-230-9794.

Normal call-in procedures apply to all absences from work.

RETALIATION

The Company will not retaliate against employees who request or take leave in accordance with this Policy.

EXPIRATION

This Policy expires at the end of the public health emergency, as determined by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). For the avoidance of doubt, the policy will remain in place through the end of an assignment that commences prior to its expiration. To the fullest extent permissible by law, HCTN reserves the right to interpret, administer, or alter the provisions of this Policy as needed by HCTN.