Published Date: 2020-07-27
CDCR revised guidance for COVID-19 related ATO
At the directive of CAPT’s Board of Directors, Atascadero Chapter Secretary Tessa Hannula has been hard at work holding CDCR responsible for the fair implementation of COVID-19 related Administrative Time Off, ensuring eligibility and accessibility to all affected staff. After the State of California moved to exempt Psych Techs from the expanded employee leave benefits created by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, CAPT representatives immediately went to work pressuring the state to deliver an alternative extended paid leave benefit in the form of ATO for BU 18 employees. Since then, CDCR was the only department that reserved the right to determine ATO eligibility on a case-by-case basis, which made accessing leave benefits a logistical nightmare. Thanks to Tessa’s hard work and persistence, CDCR has supplied an ATO decision tree to help staff obtain and exercise their COVID-19 leave benefits during this public health crisis. The ATO Decision Tree is attached to this document, but here are the nuts and bolts:
Psych Techs are eligible to receive up to 14 calendar days of ATO if they are unable to work or telework and are advised to self-quarantine/isolate by a local healthcare provider due to COVID-19. Employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 will be ordered to self-isolate, whereas employees who were exposed to COVID-19 may be ordered to self-quarantine. Employees solely identified as high risk do not qualify under these criteria. Employees must provide a note from their medical provider that includes the word “quarantine/isolate” to be eligible for ATO leave, and the doctor’s note should have an end date. Hiring authorities will consult with your Return-to-Work Coordinator for all requests that include a doctor’s note. All leave requests must follow existing local operating procedures.
For assistance or questions concerning your facility’s procedures, contact your local chapter. For all other ATO assistance, please contact Tessa Hannula at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tessa, CAPT’s FLMA expert, has been instrumental as an advocate and navigator of our leave rights during this unprecedented pandemic.
July 27, 2020 | Download Flier