PERSONNEL COMMITTEE MEETING
January 11, 2021
Committee Members Present: Kimberly Martin-Chair; Pia Holmes
Committee Member Absent: Jan Michaud
Board Members Present: Jennifer Dumond, Staci Fortunato, Kevin Lamoreau, Kati McCormick, Amanda Olson
Administrators Present: James Anastasio, Katy Grondin, Theresa Beaudoin, Kathy Casparius, Heather Gauthier, Sarah Landry, Teresa Violette
Motion by Pia Holmes to nominate Kimberly Martin as chair of the Personnel Committee, second by Kimberly Martin, so moved 2-0.
1. Informational – Earned Paid Leave
Assistant Superintendent Grondin said the Earned Paid Leave (EPL) is a new labor law that takes effect January 1, 2021 and applies to non-unionized employees. The law does not apply to employees covered by a collective bargaining agreement until the expiration of that agreement. For every 40 hours worked employees will earn one hour of EPL not to exceed 40 hours per year. EPL is not additional time, it will run concurrently with any type of paid leave for which the employee is eligible. She said a memo explaining the new law will go out to all employees and will be posted in all buildings.
2. Discussion – Family First Corona Relief Leave
Mr. Anastasio said the Family First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) provides that employers must provide to all employees two weeks, up to 80 hours of paid sick leave at the employee’s regular rate of pay when the employee is unable to work because the employee is quarantined, and/or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and seeking medical diagnosis or two weeks up to 80 hours of paid leave at 2/3 the employee’s rate of pay because the employee is unable to work because of a bonafide need to care for an individual subject to quarantine or care for a child under the age of 18 who’s school or childcare provider is closed for reasons related to COVID-19. The provision, as a requirement, was to end December 31, 2020 but at the employer’s discretion can be continued to March 31. After discussion, the Committee was in favor of continuing the provision until March 31.
The meeting adjourned at 8:16 p.m.