After months of waiting to finalize a verbal agreement* made months ago, I am happy to report the ACE negotiating team and the District signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for a remote work payment for your work during this pandemic.
The short version: a one-time payment of $2300 for full-time employees, prorated for those who work less than full-time contract and/or did not work the whole time as a permanent employee with FHDA during the time span covering this payment.
The long version: “…in recognition of the additional work and effort required for transition to remote work effective Spring 2020 following the implementation of safety measures imposed by the Santa Clara County Health Department in response to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
Effective March 17, 2020, the California and Santa Clara County Health Departments required the District to comply with a “shelter in place” order, in order to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID and slow the spread of the pandemic. This required that, beginning with Spring Quarter 2020, services that could be offered remotely, be transitioned immediately. ACE employees made commitments to maintaining smooth transition to online working to facilitate online/remote learning.
This required ACE employees to establish and maintain remote working offices in their homes, acquire and install appropriate equipment and supplies, install high speed internet to facilitate zoom meetings, learn and implement software specifically designed for remote working, develop protocols for remote work and to work on-line through zoom meetings and telephonic meetings.
In recognition of the additional efforts, the parties agree to the following compensation:
- All full-time, active ACE employees employed during the period spanning March 17, 2020 through June 30, 2021 shall receive a one-time payment of $2300.
- Employees with less than full-time assignment from March 17, 2020 through June 30, 2021 (e.g. employees on Staff Development Leave, employees with less than full- time assignments, employees on other types of leaves or employees who left or were hired during the period) shall have their payment prorated to reflect the proportion of service actually worked”.
Payroll and HR estimate the remote work payment should appear on your January (1/31) paycheck barring any significant implementation challenges.
* If you have learned anything from me during my time as ACE president, it’s two things: always review your paystub for accuracy and, until you get an agreement in writing, you have no agreement.