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EMP-11.6: GUIDANCE ON TEMPORARY DUTY TRAVEL DURING A PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY

On October 28, 2020, the Agency briefed NATCA regarding implementation of EMS-11.6: Guidance on Temporary Duty Travel During a Public Health Emergency and associated Reference Materials.  Although this new policy chapter was developed during the current COVID-19 pandemic, it is not specific to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Nor does EMS-11.6 change the Agency’s COVID-19 domestic travel policy over which NATCA and the Agency are presently bargaining.  Rather, EMS-11.6 is intended to provide more general guidance for addressing travel during public health emergencies.

EMS-11.6 sets forth various considerations to assess related to temporary duty travel during a public health emergency, including; (1) the necessity of travel; (2) health and safety risks; (3) individuals who may be at higher risk of exposure; (4) health risks at the travel location; and (5) potential exposure to higher risk activities.  EMS-11.6 also sets forth reporting requirements and leave options for employees who are diagnosed with a quarantinable communicable disease while traveling during a public health emergency.

POCs: Region X RVP Brad Davidson, Chief of Staff Dean Iacopelli, Director of Safety and Technology Tom Adcock, Deputy Director of Safety and Technology Mark McKelligan, Director of Labor Relations Nicole Vitale, and Labor Relations Attorney Grant Mulkey

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