Badger Alloys Employee COVID-19 Updates

Check here for the most current COVID-19 news impacting employees

The health and safety of all our employees, our company and our community is of the utmost importance. The President has declared a National Health Emergency, due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). We are monitoring the situation and are addressing the rapidly changing environment. We’re utilizing the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), Governor Evers and the President for direction during this crisis. We will continue to keep you informed through this Employee Resource Page as this situation is fluid and changing rapidly. We’re all in this together! Thank you in advance for your cooperation in keeping Badger Alloys a healthy environment. Check this page often for the most current information and resources related to COVID-19, including:

  • What to do if you are feeling ill
  • Families First Coronoavirus Response Act
  • Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act 
  • Badger Alloys employee resources
  • Additional information, help and resources

Badger Alloys is deemed by our government as an "Essential Business"

With Federal and State restriction on non-essential business, Badger Alloys will remain open as we meet the essential business criteria per the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Cybersecurity Secretary Agency (CISA), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) , Infrastructure Security Agency’s list of Critical Infrastructure Sectors and State of Wisconsin Department of Health Services. However in doing so we have and will continue to make appropriate modifications to account for the Center of Disease Control (CDC) workforce and customers protection guidance.

 

What to do if you are feeling ill

To protect all employees, please stay at home if you are feeling ill. Call your supervisor to report your illness.

For a list of symptoms of COVID-19, information on testing, and ways to protect yourself from contracting the virus, check here.

Testing is free, but you do need an appointment, so check with your medical provider. For additional information on testing, check here.

 

Families First Coronavirus Response Act

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. These provisions will apply from April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020, and are administered and enforced by the Department of Labor’s (Department) Wage and Hour Division (WHD)

An employee is entitled to take leave related to COVID-19 if the employee is unable to work, including unable to telework, under the following guidelines.

Two weeks (up to 80 hours) of paid sick leave at the employee’s regular rate of pay where the employee is unable to work because the employee:

1.       is subject to a Federal, State, or local quarantine or isolation order related to COVID-19;

2.       has been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine related to COVID-19; or

3.       is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and is seeking a medical diagnosis.

Two weeks (up to 80 hours) of paid sick leave at two-thirds the employee’s regular rate of pay because the employee:

4.       is caring for an individual subject to an order described in (1) or self-quarantine as described in (2);

5.       is caring for his or her child (under 18 years of age) whose school or place of care is closed (or child care provider is unavailable) due to COVID-19 related reasons; or

6.       is experiencing any other substantially similar condition specified by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

To further protect our employees and ensure the ongoing viability of our essential business pursuant to what is described in (3), if an immediate family member that resides with an employee is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and is seeking a medical diagnosis, we ask the employee not come to work until a negative diagnosis is received. This is not a requirement under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, but we want to ensure we protect our employees during this challenging time.

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act provides for up to an additional 10 weeks of paid expanded family and medical leave at two-thirds the employee’s regular rate of pay where an employee, who has been employed for at least 30 calendar days, is unable to work due to a bona fide need for leave to care for a child whose school or child care provider is closed or unavailable for reasons related to COVID-19.

In all cases above, employees MUST provide proper documentation to support any of the qualified reasons for sick leave or they will not get paid. For health reasons, documentation from your physician is required. For child care reasons, where the school or place of care is closed, documentation of the closure if required. Badger Alloys will do what we can to accommodate those impacted by caring for a child or children, but if we cannot make accommodations, employees will be eligible for sick leave. If an employee refuses possible accommodations that employee will not be entitled to sick leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

For additional information call 1-866-847-9243 or https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd

 

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Information

The recently passed CARES Act allows for economic assistance to those impacted by COVID-19.

Through the act, you may be eligible for a "recovery rebate" checkCheck here for more information.

The act allows federal student loan borrowers to temporarily stop making monthly payments. Check here for more information.

Following are summary articles related to the CARES Act:

https://www.sikich.com/insight/congress-passes-cares-economic-stimulus-legislation-for-coronavirus/

https://taxfoundation.org/cares-act-senate-coronavirus-bill-economic-relief-plan/

 

Badger Alloys Employee Resources

As a Badger Alloys employee, you have several resources that are particularly helpful during this time.

A virtual doctor's visit may be the best first step if you are feeling ill. To get started, visit uhc.com/virtualvisits.

Your ComPsych® GuidanceResources® program offers someone to talk to and resources to consult whenever and wherever you need them. From confidential emotional support, to legal and financial guidance, to work-life solutions, you can call a guidance counselor at no cost -- any time, any day -- at 1-877-616-0508. Please see this website for more information.

As always, Teresa is available to answer your questions and help connect you with the appropriate resources. Please feel free to visit Human Resources any time with your concerns.

 

Additional information, help and resources 

Federal and Wisconsin tax filing and payment deadlines have been extended to July 15, 2020, with no penalty. Check the Wisconsin Department of Revenue and IRS websites for the most current information.

Driver's license renewal has been extended by 60 days, and the emissions testing timeline has been extended. Check here for more information.

Wisconsin Governor issued an executive order to maintain residential utilities service during the COVID-19 crisis. Check here for more information.

Many car manufacturers and lenders are offering car payment deferral programs. Check here for more information. 

Governor Evers announced a Safer at Home Initiative for Wisconsin that limits nonessential gatherings and outings. Check here for more information.