Employee Update - March 31st

March 31, 2020 - Employee Update

Anna Maria College Employees -

COVID-19 confirmed cases continue to be on the rise in our area communities.  We are not out of the woods yet as the saying goes, so please continue to do your part by following the guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and guidance announced on a regular basis by Governor Baker. 


Families First Coronavirus Response Act
On March 18, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.  This law gives employees affected by COVID-19 rights to paid leave. This new law creates two new types of leave: paid COVID-19-related sick leave via the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and "public health emergency" FMLA leave via the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act.  Employees should review the attached poster for further details of the new law and your rights to these benefits should you or your immediate family members be directly impacted by COVID-19.  This poster is also available on the Anna Maria College Intranet webpage.


Employee Resources:  week of March 30 – April 3

BUOY – online COVID 19 symptom checker
Buoy is a free COVID-19 screening resource available to all Massachusetts residents.  If you or your family members begin to display symptoms of the virus you may utilize this tool at no cost to you.   How to check your symptoms for COVID-19 online   Out of state residents may also use the Buoy tool by visiting Non-MA resident symptom checker.


Tips for Remote Workers 

  • Get out of your PJ’s!  Studies have shown that people are more productive when they change their clothes at the start of the day even if they aren’t leaving the house!
  • Define your workspace – separate from distractions when possible
  • Identify safety hazards in the workspace – cords on the floor, placement of technology devices
  • Set boundaries with others in the home (if possible) during the work day
  • Be sure to take scheduled breaks and meal time


Employee Assistance Program - E4
In times like these, our mental health can also suffer.  There is much uncertainty of what's going on in the world around us due to COVID-19.  You might feel more on edge than usual, angry, helpless or sad.  You might notice that you are more frustrated with others or want to completely avoid any reminders of what is happening.  For those of us who already struggle with our mental wellness, we might feel more depressed or less motivated to carry out our daily activities.  If you are experiencing these or similar emotions that you need support with please utilize the Employee Assistance Program offered through the Anna Maria College benefits program.


To access EAP the EAP member website, go to www.HelloE4.com, use company code “anna maria college”, and password “guest or reference the attached brochure for more information.


Surviving and Thriving During a Pandemic – 40 minute video resource from our partners at E4 (Employee Assistance Program)


Please contact me with any questions you may have.


Be well,

Joellen Andrews
Director of Human Resources
50 Sunset Lane Box: L  |  Paxton, MA 01612
p 508.849.3444  |  annamaria.edu

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