COVID-19 Model Letter B – Request for Exception, Modification or Accommodation to Your Employer’s Covid-19 Arrangements and Procedures
This Covid-19 Model Letter B contains 24 special requests you may make in light of your workplace, your health or your family circumstance, along with the good reasons you can offer to support them. They include, among many others, requests for (1) continued work from home, (2) staggered work hours, (3) being seated near open windows, (4) a childcare subsidy, (5) safety from angry customers, (6) less crowded elevators, (6) 14 days of self-quarantine, (7) a change in the way your performance is evaluated, and many more. It shows you “What to Say, and How to Say It.”™
U.S. employees have a variety of valuable legal rights that may help them deal with aspects of their Covid-19 issues, circumstances and concerns.
Under U.S. federal law, and the laws in most U.S. states, an employee has a legal right to (a) workplace safety, (b) a reasonable accommodation so they can work despite a disability of some kind, (c) up to 12 weeks off if they or a family member has a medical or emotional need for them to remain home (though without pay), (d) in some locales time off for parental leave under various circumstances, (e) unemployment benefits and even possibly (f) severance payments if they decline to return to the workplace.