NOPD Update on the use of Civil Leave and COVID-19 11-Apr-2020

On April 1, 2020, I posted here on Signal108 about the use of Civil Leave as it relates to NOPD Special Order 6-2020. The point was to give a little clarity after speaking to Chiefs Goodly and Noel. However, it was with other items. So, I thought it would be useful to clarify again.

If any NOPD employee is ordered to go home and/or stay home because of COVID-19, then that employee should be eligible to use Civil Leave during the period he/she was ordered to be away from work.

If an employee is carried sick or annual for time that employee was ordered to be away from work, then that employee should send a 105 through the chain of command to Superintendent Ferguson requesting the use of Civil Leave for that time.

For example:

Example 1

Officer John Doe, assigned to the First District, is ordered to go home and undergo COVID-19 testing by Sgt. Platoon Supervisor on April 3, 2020 for some reason related to COVID-19 concerns. On April 8, 2020, Officer Doe is notified that his test results are negative for COVID-19. Officer Doe notifies Sgt. Supervisor of the negative test results. Sgt. Supervisor tells Officer Doe to return to work on April 9, 2020.

In the above example, Officer Doe should be eligible to use Civil Leave for the time starting April 3, 2020 through April 8, 2020. If Officer Doe is carried sick or annual for April 3-8, then he should send a 105, through the chain of command, to Superintendent Ferguson requesting the use of Civil Leave. The 105 would read something like this:

Civil Leave 105 Example

TO: Superintendent Shaun Ferguson
FROM: SPO John Doe, 1st District
SUBJECT: Request for Civil Leave

Dear Supt. Ferguson:

On April 3, 2020, I was sent home to undergo COVID-19 testing by Sgt. Platoon Supervisor because <insert COVID-19 reason – i.e. I was experiencing symptoms; I had a temperature; or supervisor believed I was exhibiting symptoms>. Sgt. Supervisor ordered me to stay home pending receipt of those test results. On April 8, 2020, I received the COVID-19 test results which were negative. I immediately notified Sgt. Supervisor of the negative test results and he instructed me to return to work on April 9, 2020.

In light of the foregoing, I am requesting that I be carried Civil Leave in ADP for the time beginning on April 3, 2020 and ending in April 8, 2020.

Sincerely,
SPO John Doe

APPROVED/DISAPPROVED
Sgt. Platoon Supervisor
APPROVED/DISAPPROVED
Lt. Platoon Commander
APPROVED/DISAPPROVED
Capt. Lejon Roberts, 1st District Commander
APPROVED/DISAPPROVED
Chief Deputy Superintendent Paul Noel, Operations Bureau
APPROVED/DISAPPROVED
Superintendent Shaun Ferguson

Example 2

Officer John Doe, assigned to the 1st District, is ordered to go home and to undergo COVID-19 testing because he is not feeling well on April 3. On April 8, Officer Doe is informed that his COVID-19 test was negative. However, Officer Doe is still feeling poorly. Officer Doe consults with his primary physician on April 8 and is diagnosed with something other than COVID-19. Officer Doe notifies his supervisor of the negative test results, Officer Doe also notifies his supervisor that while he was negative to COVID-19, his primary care physician has told him to stay home while he did not feel well.

In Example 2, Officer Doe will likely be carried sick leave for the whole time. Officer Doe should make sure to submit form 50’s as need be. If Officer Doe feels like there is a reason he should be carried Civil Leave, then he can submit the 105 requesting Civil Leave.

Example 3

Officer John Doe, assigned to the First District, is ordered to go home and undergo COVID-19 testing by Sgt. Platoon Supervisor on April 3, 2020. On April 8, 2020, Officer Doe is notified that his test results are positive for COVID-19. Officer Doe notifies Sgt. Supervisor of the positive test results. Sgt. Supervisor tells Officer Doe to remain out of work until he is cleared to return.

In the above example, Officer Doe should be eligible to use Civil Leave for the time starting April 3, 2020 through the time he is cleared to return. If Officer Doe is carried sick or annual for this timeframe, then he should send a 105, through the chain of command, to Superintendent Ferguson requesting the use of Civil Leave.

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