To All Sharpline Employees

• Sharpline Corona Virus Update •

Effective May 14, 2020

ATTENDANCE:

Back on March 17th, we temporarily modified the attendance guidelines to time missed will NOT count against your attendance hours. That temporary modification was put into effect in the early days of COVID-19 when schools and daycares were not reopening after spring break, anticipated outbreak, etc.

We have now moved to the next phase of the new normal where COVID-19 will be around for a while, so we have to get back to some form of normalcy. In our effort to provide plenty of notice – Effective Tuesday, May 26th we are going to put the attendance guidelines back in place for all employees.

Reminder: Sharpline provides employees with paid personal time, vacation and attendance hours should you need to take time off.

We recognize there will continue to be some challenges ahead, therefore we will temporarily allow same day vacation requests.

The health and safety of all employees and their families is of utmost importance to us.

►  We still need everyone to be hyper-vigilant about following all the guidelines listed on the Stop the Spread of Germs and Safe Work Practices to Stop the Spread of Germs posters.
►  Everyone must follow the 6-foot social distancing rule as is posted all over the facility. This includes your work area, at the time clock, in the lunchroom, at the sink, using the microwaves, etc. This is mandatory and we need each of you to do your part. Spread out. We have the room and expect the guideline to be followed while here at Sharpline.
►  Every employee must do a medical self-check before coming in to work (do you have a fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, diarrhea (excluding symptoms due to known medical reason).
►  Stay home if you feel ill, have a fever (must be fever free for 3 days), been diagnosed or been around someone who has been diagnosed.
►  We continue to disinfect the work areas several times throughout the shift.
►  We need everyone to wash their hands regularly.
►  We have hand sanitizers throughout the facility
►  We encourage employees to wear face masks.
►  We have latex gloves for anyone who wants them.

We will continue to work through this unprecedented time together.

Effective April 23, 2020

Shut Down – UPDATE

All Sharpline employees will return to work on Monday, April 27th.  

• When we re-open on Monday, April 27th at the start of 1st shift, we will have all employees return to work at all locations.

• If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, exposed or are ill, please let us know.

Please follow the Safe Work Practices below:

(Effective:  Monday, April 27)

Safe Work Practices To Stop The Spread Of Germs

Masks

Employees are allowed to wear face masks while at work.

Gloves

Latex gloves are available if you would like to wear them while working.

Ice Machine, Coffee Pots, Tea, Water Fountains, Condiments

KDHE guidelines requires businesses to eliminate the use of self-service food and drink equipment.  Therefore, the ice machine, coffee pots, tea pot and water fountains will not be available until further notice.  Nor will self-serve condiments be available (salt, pepper, creamer, etc).  Plan ahead and bring ice, hot drinks and all food items from home.  Soda machines and vending kiosk will still be available.

Social Distancing

Maintaining the 6 foot social distancing guideline is very important.  Please follow that guideline in your work area and all areas of the facility.  Do not sit or stand side by side or directly across from one another.  Spread out.  When getting first parts on your job, step back or spread out.

Sanitizing Work Areas

We will continue sanitizing the work areas throughout the shifts. 

Stop the Spread of Germs

Follow all requirements outlined on the Stop the Spread of Germ Posters around the plant and distributed to all employees on March 17th.

Staggered Lunches

We will continue to do the staggered lunches until further notice to limit group sizes in the common areas.

Food Sharing        

No food sharing is to take place while at work. 

STAY HOME

If you feel ill, have a fever, been diagnosed, been around someone who has been diagnosed or traveled to California, New York, Washington State, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, Louisiana, or Colorado – stay home.

Wash Hands

Wash your hands regularly.

Effective April 15, 2020

Shut Down – UPDATE

Sharpline has made the decision to extend our shutdown for one more week.  

• We will be shut down thru Sunday, April 26th

• We will open back up at the start of 1st shift on Monday, April 27th.

• Employees WILL BE paid by Sharpline during this extended shutdown. 

• When we re-open on Monday, April 27th, we will have all employees return to work.

• If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, exposed or are ill, please let us know.

Stay well!

REMINDERWe have established a Sharpline employee information web link.  The address is:

sharpline.com/employee-info

Going forward we need each of you look at the site periodically to have up to date information.

Effective April 2, 2020

Shut Down

As everyone is aware we are faced with a grave situation in our country and across the globe. This greatly impacts both our personal and business lives.

We are taking steps to deal with this crisis and step one is to communicate.  We have established a Sharpline employee information web link. The address is:

sharpline.com/employee-info

Going forward we need each of you look at the site periodically to have up to date information.

Sharpline management staff has been carefully monitoring what has been happening with COVID-19 these past few weeks in the eight states we have employees working in. For the health and well-being of our employees based on just released statistical data on when the experts believe COVID-19 will start to increase and peak, we have made the decision to shut down for two weeks starting at the end of 3rd Shift {7:00 a.m.) Saturday, April 4th thru Sunday, April 19th.

Opening back up at the start of 1st shift on Monday, April 20th.

Weekend shift will not work this weekend.

Employees WILL BE paid by Sharpline during these shut down dates.

The April 16th paychecks will only be available for pickup on: Wednesday, April 15th from 9:00 a.m.-noon.

If your paycheck is not picked up by noon, we will put it in the mail to go to the mailing address that is on file that afternoon. Please be sure your current address is accurate. You will need to enter thru the Human Resources Lobby.

Because you are being paid by Sharpline, you are not eligible to apply for unemployment.

During this shut down, we will have only have a few business essential employees continue to work on a very limited basis and be available to answer customer calls, accept deliveries, and continue essential business functions. You can email your manager or Janet in Human Resources for any questions you may have.

At any given time if the situation changes we may need to call in some staff to work.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this difficult time. I am confident that we as a nation and company will get through this and have success in the future. Stay well.

Jack Snyder, CEO

The Families First Corona Virus Response Act, effective April 1, 2020 provides employees with two additional benefits:
EMERGENCY PAID SICK LEAVE: allows employees to take up to 80 hours paid leave (or hours scheduled to work if part-time), subject to monetary caps, for certain qualifying COVID-19 related reasons including:

1. Employee is subject to a federal, state or local quarantine or isolation order related to COVID-19 (at this time the act does not include stay at home directives as qualifying).
2. Employee has been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine related to COVID-19.
3. Employee is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and is seeking a medical diagnosis.
4. Employee is caring for an individual subject to an order described in (1) or self-quarantine as described in (2).
5. Employee is caring for his or her child whose school or place of care is closed (child care provider is unavailable) due to COVID-19 related reason.
6. Employee is experiencing any other substantially-similar condition specified by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

EXPANDED FAMILY MEDICAL LEAVE: temporarily amends the current Family Medical Leave Act to allow employees to take up to an additional 10 weeks of paid leave, subject to caps, to care for a son or daughter due to the closure of the child’s school or place of care due to EXPANDED FAMILY MEDICAL LEAVE: temporarily amends the current Family Medical Leave Act to allow employees to take up to an additional 10 weeks of paid leave, subject to caps, to care for a son or daughter due to the closure of the child’s school or place of care due to COVID-19. 

This leave is not in addition to the regular family medical leave. FMLA still provides a maximum of 12 weeks total leave, but does provides coverage for one additional category. #5 above is the only qualifying reason for this benefit. 

An employee must complete a request for either the Emergency Paid Leave or the Expanded Family Medical Leave and turn in the request and documentation to Human Resources. 

**Neither benefits are available if you are being paid by Sharpline or if Sharpline is closed**

Employee Rights: Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical Leave Under The Families First Corona Virus Response Act