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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: May 29, 2020 01:14 PM
From: Senator Anthony H. Williams
To: All Senate members
Subject: Temporary Rule Change to Address Potential COVID-19 Workplace Exposure
 
In the near future, I will be introducing a resolution to amend the Rules of the Senate to clarify and improve our current policy on potential workplace exposure to COVID-19.
 
On May 4, 2020, the Chief Clerk of the Senate adopted a policy addressing potential exposure, including a requirement for supervisors to notify their caucus administrator of any potential employee exposure and for a response team consisting of a caucus administrator or human resources director, a member of the Chief Clerk’s office and the employee’s Chief of Staff or supervisor be formed to address each potential exposure incident. While this policy protects members and staff in our chamber, I believe that it should be expanded to include notification of all four caucuses as well as the Secretary of the Department of General Services in order to protect all who work in the Capitol Complex.
 
My resolution would add a temporary rule to the Rules of the Senate, requiring that in addition to the Chief Clerk’s policy, the parties above be notified of potential exposure. Separately, I have also asked President Pro Tempore Scarnati to provide immediate testing for any member or staff who wants it following the incident of an undisclosed diagnosis in a House member.
 
Please join me in co-sponsoring this important resolution to strengthen our workplace and lead by example for businesses and organizations throughout the Commonwealth. Any questions or concerns may be addressed to my legislative director, Kyle Miller, at kyle.miller@pasenate.com or 717-787-5970.
 
Thank you.
 



Introduced as SR335