Craftforce is taking precautions in response to the global outbreak and spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). With confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the community, now is the time to take action to protect vulnerable populations and the community at large.
You should know, we have a fully vetted business continuity plan to ensure our skilled staffing services remain consistent and uninterrupted. Although we don’t anticipate the need to implement our continuity plan, we stand ready to implement if needed; focused on keeping the critical industries we serve operational. If you do not have a continuity plan in place for your business, we encourage you to develop one. Please let me know if we may be of any assistance in this regard.
Maintaining A Respectful Workplace
A person’s risk for COVID-19 is not based on race, ethnicity or culture. As a reminder, Craftforce employees must maintain a respective workplace, and treat colleagues with courtesy and respect. Discrimination of any kind is a violation of the Craftforce’s Equal Employment Opportunity policies and will not be tolerated.
NOTICE: Pre-employment Drug Testing Procedure Changes
Effective March 13, 2020 Craftforce suspended all in-house drug testing to preserve the supply of Personal Protective Equipment for first responders. Until further notice, candidates will not be subjected to drug testing, until successfully completing an interview. After the client demonstrates interest in our candidate, they will be submitted for a third party urinalysis. This procedure has been elected in the interest of alleviating the influx plaguing laboratories—who also process critical COVID-19 tests. We would be happy to discuss personalized procedures for drug testing during this time with you in the spirit of maintaining compliance with your policies and procedures, simply email our Staffing and Safety Director, Justin Denham at Justin@Craftforce.com or call 513-580-7148.
We advise Craftforce employees to take the following steps to protect themselves and their families from infection:
Stay up to date on this rapidly evolving situation by visiting:
• World Health Organization – updates on the virus, workplace readiness, basic protective measures, and press briefings.
• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – information for businesses, interim guidance, and frequently asked questions about the virus.
Vulnerable Populations and Social Distancing
Craftforce has provided additional guidance on minimizing exposure for vulnerable populations.
Vulnerable populations are those who:
The guidance advises vulnerable populations to limit outings, avoid large gatherings, telecommute if possible, stay home if they are sick, and avoid people who are sick. If you have a health condition and are unsure whether it places you in the vulnerable population, ask your personal health care provider. If your health care provider advises you to stay away from work and you cannot work remotely, you may use any accrued leave. If you are a vulnerable individual and believe you have a job you can do from home, please discuss this option with your supervisor. You should not disclose your medical condition or other personal information, only that you believe you are in a vulnerable group, and that you are requesting permission to work remotely.
Craftforce will do all it can to minimize health risk for our employees, consistent with CDC recommendations and occupational health standards. Where an internal team determines it is possible, employees who can perform their work remotely are encouraged to telecommute. Some employees, including those in the vulnerable population, may not be able to telecommute because they need to be at work in order to provide critical industrial services, for example, power plant crew members, transit laborers, or those serving as Disaster Service Workers. Craftforce will take measures in each of these workplaces to mitigate risks. Craftforce is encouraging employment partners to temporarily expand the use of telecommuting, and to consider offering flexible start and end times for shifts during this period. As you know, not all Craftforce employees have jobs that are suited to telecommuting.
Please stay safe and take precautions to mitigate your exposure. We will continue to adapt to your evolving needs during this extraordinary time in our history and have complete trust in the resilience of our people, our communities and our process.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email me or any member of the Craftforce team.
Dustin Grutza, CEO
Dustin@Craftforce.com | 513-580-7386
Update: Craftforce's Coronavirus Response