We have an MOU!
Today, after nearly a month of negotiations with Sparrow Hospital on the effects of COVID-19, we signed an MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) that provides the most expansive guaranteed protections for medically vulnerable Caregivers in the state of Michigan. We have set the standard for Caregiver safety that other health systems will now look to. This MOU also expands access to emergency PTO, setting a new standard that Sparrow has now generously extended to the entire health system.
We have other items still on the table for negotiation related to the effects of COVID-19, and we will continue to meet with HR to come to a resolution on these items.
Effective immediately Caregivers shall not be required to provide direct patient care or screening of patients diagnosed or suspected of having COVID-19 if they meet one of the following conditions:
Effective backdated to March 19, 80 hours of emergency PTO is now available on an FTE pro-rated basis to all Caregivers who are screened out, sent home, or quarantined for COVID-19 related reasons by Employee Health. If you are unable to work due to a COVID-19 diagnosis, presumptive diagnosis, or employer mandated quarantine for more than 80 hours, contact HR to apply for workers’ compensation to cover additional lost time.
Under Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order 36 signed today, Sparrow Caregivers who are instructed by Employee Health to stay home to care for or quarantine with a family member with a COVID-19 diagnosis will also be covered by EPTO. You must receive instruction from Employee Health to stay home in order to be eligible for EPTO when caring for a family member.