COVID-19 Information for K&S Employees

Coronavirus update:

Any information on the status of our company will be
posted here to share with our employees. Please check
here for any news or company-wide announcements.

Governor Tony Evers URL:  https://evers.wi.gov/Pages/Newsroom/Executive-Orders.aspx

 

Employee Communications 

K&S Employees –

As these are uncertain times, we want to do our best to continue to communicate company news as soon as possible.

At this time, we are business as usual.  Should something change, we will post notices in common areas, send out a

company wide email and post information on the home page of our company website. Please check the site for any updates.

www.ksmfg.com

Thank you for your support, if you have further questions please ask.

 

 

July 31, 2020 Posting

 

RE:      Employee Communication – WI Emergency Order

Date:    July 31, 2020

 

Effective yesterday, July 30, 2020, Gov. Tony Evers declared a Public Health Emergency and issued an Emergency Order requiring individuals to wear face coverings when indoors, except in a private residence.  This order goes into effect on Saturday, August 1, 2020 and will continue through September 28, 2020.

 

Under the Order, Wisconsin residents ages five and older are required to wear a face covering when indoors or in an enclosed space with anyone outside their household or living unit.  “Enclosed space” is defined as “a confined space open to the public where individuals congregate, including but not limited to outdoor bars, outdoor restaurants, taxis, public transit, ride-share vehicles, and outdoor park structures.”  According to the FAQs, individuals are required to wear a face covering indoors, even if they are able to physically distance from other people at the time, unless they are the only person in the room or at a private residence.  Also according to the FAQs, this Order applies to “businesses and office spaces.”

The order defines “face covering” as “a piece of cloth or other material that is worn to cover the nose and mouth completely.”  The Order continues, “A ‘face covering’ includes but is not limited to a bandana, a cloth face mask, a disposable or paper mask, a neck gaiter, or a religious face covering.”  Finally, the Order states, “A ‘face covering’ does not include face shields, mesh masks, masks with holes or openings, or masks with vents.”

 

Effective as of Saturday, August 1, 2020 Governor Evers issued an Emergency Order which requires the wearing of facemasks in all indoor spaces. You can provide and wear your own face covering as long as it complies with the Emergency Order. K&S has provided all employees with a cloth face covering that complies with the Emergency Order.

 

We ask that you wear a facemask as outlined in the Emergency Order. We have ordered additional masks and will put them out around the building near the cleaning and hand sanitizer supplies. When you are eating or drinking, working in an area where wearing a face covering poses a safety risk, as determined by government safety guidelines or regulations (OSHA regulations) or those experiencing a medical condition that prevents you from wearing a face covering, are not required to comply with the facemask mandate.

 

Based on the criteria listed above, employees will need to decide for themselves if their personal situation precludes them from complying with the Emergency Order. K&S will not tolerate any comments, discussions, or harassment of employees for making a choice based on their personal situation weather to wear or not wear a mask.  

 Please see HR for questions or clarification on this order.

The K&S Management Team

 

 

WI Emergency Order Statewide Mask Order FAQ’s:

 Why are face coverings required?

Cloth face coverings (or face masks) are recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), and healthcare professionals as an easy way to help prevent respiratory droplets from traveling into the air and onto other people when the person wearing the cloth face covering coughs, sneezes, talks, or raises their voice.

Rates of COVID-19 have significantly increased in Wisconsin as more people return to work and have more interactions in public. Wearing face coverings is the simplest way to slow and prevent the spread of COVID-19 virus without requiring people stay in their homes.

When do I need to wear a face covering?

You need to wear a face covering whenever you are indoors or in an enclosed space, other than a private residence, and other people are present in the same room or space. For example, you must wear a mask while you are shopping in a store or using a taxi.

When do I not need to wear a face covering?

You do not need to wear a face covering if:

  • you are at a private residence;
  • you are outside; or
  • you are indoors and no one else is present.

You can also remove your face covering in the following situations:

  • When you are eating or drinking.
  • When you are communicating with someone who is deaf or hard of hearing and you cannot communicate while wearing a mask.
  • When you are giving an educational presentation for an audience, so long as you have at least 6 feet between you and other individuals.
  • When you are working if wearing a face covering poses a safety risk, as determined by government safety guidelines or regulations.

Do I need to wear a face covering indoors, even if I can physically distance from other people at all times?

Yes, you need to wear a face covering indoors unless you are at a private residence or you’re the only person in the room.

 

 

 

 

May 7, 2020 Posting

To All Our Valued Employee,

As Wisconsin begins to open our economy back up, we would like you to know that we want you to be safe. At K&S we will continue business as usual and ask that you maintain to social distancing at work, wash your hands and use hand sanitizer and solid surface cleaners as needed. If you have any personal situations or questions, please let HR or management know. It continues to be our goal that every employee feels comfortable and safe at work.

With retail stores, restaurants and other businesses starting to open, we want you to feel secure and be safe as you begin to venture out into your community. Different businesses have various requirements they are asking customers to abide by as they start to reopen. That is why we are giving all our employees a cloth mask and bottle of hand sanitizer. We thought it might be handy to keep these items in your car, so as you venture out into the community you will feel comfortable that you have needed supplies to keep you safe.

HR will pass out these supplies to our office employees and have supervisors’ hand them out to employee on their shifts.

Currently, we are not requiring employees to wear masks at work. It is a personal choice if you choose to do so. As always, stay safe and thank you for your patience, loyalty, and support during these uncertain times.

Things in our world are changing daily with new information coming out all the time. If you have any personal concerns or suggestions, please talk to HR or your manager. We are here to support you.

Best,

K&S Management Team

This time can be very trying emotionally, physically, and mentally. K&S has an EAP (Employee Assistance Program) as part of our medical benefits. The services offered may be of help in these trying times. Please use the attached flyer to reach out for help as needed for your personal situation.

Attachments –

  • Live Well Work Well – April Wellness flyer from our insurance broker Cottingham & Butler
  • EAP flyer
  • Telemedicine information service available with Anthem

Paycheck meetings will continue to be suspended until further notice, but we will continue to post updated business news as it becomes available.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

April 24, 2020 Posting

Team,

Just a quick update on the extended lockdown order and the current status of K&S.

Earlier this week, Gov. Evers extended the WI ‘Safer at Home’ order until May 26, 2020, with some modifications. This order will not change how we are doing business here at K&S, but it does provide opportunities for other businesses to open as long as they meet the order’s requirements. K&S will continue to be open and do our best to keep the business running and our employees working during these unique times. Please continue to practice social distancing and follow all CDC guidelines. It’s hard not to be social at work, and I realize that it is not always possible to keep a distance, but do your best to respect your coworker’s personal space.  Purchasing is also doing their best to provide hand sanitizer and solid surface cleaner, please continue to use these supplies as needed. This can be a stressful time, attached is a flyer outlining the services offered by our EAP (Employee Assistance Program) if you find you need some assistance during this time.

While at work –

  • Consider calling or emailing your coworkers, limit in-person contact as much as possible.
  • Don’t walk into an office or cube or into someone’s personal space, stay at the door and talk from a distance.
  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds and avoid touching your face, use hand sanitizer.
  • Eat away from others.
  • Clean solid surfaces as much as possible (alcohol spray is available around the facility).

 

April 3, 2020 Posting

K&S Team,

As the COVID-19 crisis continues, we are doing our best at K&S to keep all our employee safe and working. We have bottles of solid surface cleaner and hand sanitizer located through the building. As we are able to purchase more supplies, we will provide those as well. Currently hand sanitizer and antibacterial wipes are in short supply and our purchasing team is doing their best to continually source these items. In the meantime, please continue to do your part to keep yourself safe by washing your hands as often as possible, respecting social distancing and trying not to touch your face. We will continue to post updated information around the facility.

Things in our world are changing daily with new information coming out all the time. If you have any personal concerns or suggestions, please talk to HR or your manager. We are here to support you.

Attached you will find a flyer from our medical provider Anthem. Please review carefully as they are waiving all costs associated with the treatment of COVID-19 between April 1, 2020 and May 31, 2020.

Attachments –(scroll to the bottom of this page)

  • Live Well Work Well – April Wellness flyer from our insurance broker Cottingham & Butler
  • Anthem COVID-19 treatment flyer
  • Personal Responsibility fly – Telemedicine information service available with Anthem
  • Paycheck meeting update

Paycheck meetings have been suspended for the time being, but we have posted a business summary around the facility and attached it here as well, as soon as COVID-19 crisis passes they will resume.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

April 1, 2020 Posting

Team,

Just a reminder, as you may be aware, the President has asked we continue our practice of social distancing for at least 30 more days to continue to tap down the spread of the COVID-19 virus. As we continue our practice of social distancing and follow our state ‘safer at home’ order, please remember the CDC guidelines. Its hard not to be social at work, and I realize that it is not always possible to keep a distance, but please try to respect your coworker’s space.

  • Consider calling or emailing your coworkers, limit in-person contact as much as possible.
  • Don’t walk into an office or cube or into someone’s personal space, stay at the door and talk from a distance.
  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds and avoid touching your face, use hand sanitizer.
  • Eat away from others.
  • Clean solid surfaces as much as possible (alcohol spray is available around the facility).

If you have concerns or suggestions please let me know.

Patty Luebke, MA, PHR

 

March 24, 2020 Posting

To all employees,

As you may be aware, Governor Evers has issued a ‘safer at home’ order effective until April 24, 2020. As has been stated previously, K&S Manufacturing is part of the critical supply chain servicing and supporting business designated by the government to be critical to health and safety of the United States. We fully intend to remain open and operational during this critical time to service and support our nation. To this end, management has created a letter stating such and provided that here for all employees. We do not anticipate any issues with you driving to work but wanted to be prepared should you receive any questions as to your reason for travel. Please print and keep with you or in your car.

 

March 23, 2020  Posting

COVID-19 UPDATES & WISCONSIN SAFER AT HOME

On Monday, March 23, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers announced that he is issuing a “Safer at Home” executive order requiring all non-essential businesses in Wisconsin to cease operations. The specific details of the order are scheduled to be issued on Tuesday, March 24, and this alert will be updated once the order is published.

We have received a letter from John Deere stating that we are part of the, ‘Critical Manufacturing Supply Chain’ asking us to continue to remain open so we can supply much needed parts. We intend to remain open, working all currents shifts. Please plan on continuing to come to work as usual.

We continue to encourage our employees to follow CDC guidelines and maintain a distance from others and wash their hands frequently and clean the solid surfaces are your area or that are in common use.

Also, in the news has been the passing of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.  This act provides for Emergency Paid Sick Leave and expands the Federal Medical Leave Act.  This takes effect April 2, 2020 and we will share more information at a later date, when we learn a few more specifics. Additionally, any breaking company updates will be posted on the company website, www.ksmfg.com ,  home page under the COVID-19 K&S News icon.

If you aren’t feeling well, are under quarantine restrictions, have an underlying health condition and fear for your health, or have childcare gaps due to COVID-19, please contact your manager and you will be able to use PTO or Off No Pay.  We may also be able to implement an alternative schedule for you as business demand allows.

We care about the health and safety of all our employees, their families, and our customers. We appreciate your understanding, cooperation, and patience during these trying times.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Patty Luebke, Cindy Hanna or me.  Please do not share or spread rumors. We will get through this together!

Prayers for everyone’s health and well-being!

Jay Eschrich

President

K&S Manufacturing

 

 

 

 

Telemed Doc online info

EAP info 2020

Personal responsibility COVID-19

Live Well Work Well – April 2020

Anthem – COVID-19 treatment

Social Dist at Work poster SHRM

 EE COVID-19 UPDATES WISCONSIN SAFER AT HOME 200324

Eaton Supplier communication

John Deere letter

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