By WK Editorial Staff
As offices close or reduce staff, most are relying on phone or Internet and making time extensions as necessary.
NLRB. In a notice March 20, the NLRB said that effective immediately, the Board’s office in San Francisco (Region 20) will be closed temporarily because an employee in the office has been in direct contact with an individual who is exhibiting severe symptoms and is awaiting COVID-19 tests results. The agency is taking this step to ensure the health and safety of its employees and the public.
Meanwhile, the NLRB’s office in Denver (Region 27) will be closed on March 20, 2020, for cleaning and will reopen with limited service on Monday, March 23, 2020.
And, effective Monday, March 23, the NLRB’s office in Manhattan, which was temporarily closed on March 15, will reopen with limited service, according to the agency. (On March 19, however, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed an executive order mandating businesses that rely on in-office personnel to decrease their in-office workforce by 75 percent. This follows the Governor’s directive that all businesses implement work-from-home policies. Exemptions will be made for essential service industries, including shipping, media, warehousing, grocery and food production, pharmacies, healthcare providers, utilities, banks and related financial institutions, and other industries critical to the supply chain.).
Employees in these offices will telework until notified otherwise, the Board said, and regional personnel will continue to handle unfair labor practice investigations and processing representation petitions. Additional guidance regarding future hearings and elections will be issued at a later date. Parties should continue to e-file documents, as required by GC- 20-01.
- Individuals needing immediate assistance from Region 20, San Francisco may contact Region 32, Oakland at (510) 637-3300.
- Individuals needing immediate assistance from Region 27, Denver may contact Region 21, Los Angeles at (310) 235-7352.
NLRB leadership will continue to monitor and assess the impact of COVID-19 on agency operations and will continue to keep staff and the public informed of any developments. In the meantime, the operating status of regional offices will be posted on the agency’s website later today.
OFCCP. In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, OFCCP has announced it is continuing to pursue its important mission of ensuring equal employment opportunity while making adjustments to ensure all of its activities are consistent with current public health guidelines. For example, OFCCP will continue to provide resources and assistance to workers and the contractor community through its website, Help Desk, and Contractor Assistance Portal, although local offices will no longer be accepting walk-ins until further notice.
Likewise, OFCCP will continue its compliance reviews, focused reviews, and complaint investigations, but in lieu of physical onsites, OFCCP will maximize use of every alternative resource available, such as WebEx, Skype, and phones to conduct interviews and complete evaluations.
If contractors are experiencing difficulty in having their employees accessible during a review or experiencing any other challenges related to the health crisis, OFCCP will remain flexible by coordinating with them and providing reasonable extensions where needed. Contractors and complainants should reach out to their local OFCCP point of contact to check the status of open evaluations and investigations.
OFCCP will make every effort to continue assessing the effects of the health crisis on its activities and will provide updates to its stakeholder community as soon as possible.
For assistance with any other OFCCP matters related to the health crisis, please contact the Help Desk at 1-800-397-6251. The hearing impaired may call the text telephone (TTY) at 1-877-889-5627 or submit an inquiry online.
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