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Phone: 423.267.5471

Memo: Coronavirus and Flu Prevention

Date: 3/9/2020

To: All employees

The world health community continues to monitor closely the emergence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the disease it causes, named “coronavirus disease 2019” (COVID-19). At this time, no one knows how severe this outbreak will be, so it is important to remain calm and not panic. However, given this uncertainty, and the fact that the seasonal influenza (flu) virus is also widespread, we are taking proactive steps to address a number of business concerns. First and foremost, we want to maintain a safe workplace and encourage and/or adopt practices protecting the health of employees, customers, visitors or others. We also want to ensure the continuity of business operations in the event of a pandemic.

We ask all employees to cooperate in taking steps to reduce the transmission of communicable diseases in the workplace. Employees are reminded of the following:

• Stay home when you are sick.
• Wash your hands frequently with warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds.
• Cover your mouth with tissues whenever you sneeze and/or cough, and discard used tissues in the trash.
• Avoid people who are sick with respiratory symptoms.
• Clean frequently touched surfaces.

Lawson Electric Company will provide alcohol-based hand sanitizers throughout the workplace and in common areas. Cleaning sprays and wipes will also be provided to clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces such as telephones and keyboards.
Employees are encouraged to use telephone and video conferencing instead of face-to-face meetings as much as possible during this outbreak. See Charlie Wilson if technology assistance is needed in setting up such meetings.

It is critical that employees do not report to work while they are experiencing respiratory/ flu-like symptoms such as fever, chronic cough, shortness of breath, runny, body aches, chills and fatigue. Currently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that employees remain at home until at least 24 hours after they are free of fever (100 degrees F or 37.8 degrees C) or signs of a fever without the use of fever-reducing medications. Many times, with the best of intentions, employees report to work even though they feel ill. We provide paid sick time and other benefits to compensate employees who are unable to work due to illness. Employees who report to work ill will be sent home in accordance with these health guidelines and may be asked to provide a doctor’s note explaining when/if you may return to work.

While we currently do not offer formal telework arrangements Lawson Electric will consider, on a case-by-case basis, requests from employees to work from, should the need arise. While not all positions are conducive to telework, those positions with primary job duties that can be effectively performed remotely will be given consideration.

Please contact the human resources department with any questions or concerns.

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