Coronavirus Employee Updates

New - Updated Workplace Exposure Guidelines

St. Johns County BCC has Partnered with Flagler Health+ to Help Ensure a Safe & Healthy Work Environment
(October 2020) We are pleased to announce that St. Johns County BCC has partnered with Flagler Health+ to help ensure a safe and healthy work environment for our team members as we continue to respond to COVID-19. This electronic tool will be used to triage testing and assist with managing possible exposures in the workplace. The COVID-19 daily symptom checking you are required to perform before entering the workplace will now be logged in the new application, which is accessible by downloading the app to your phone or through the website.

For more information, please review:

County COVID-19 Exposure Guidance & Response Planning

As COVID-19 continues to impact our workforce and operations it is important to utilize the County's Infectious Disease Preparedness and COVID-19 Response Plan. Self-screening, frequent handwashing, proper social distancing, virtual and telephonic meetings are strongly encouraged and business travel outside the county is still restricted. 

County Employee COVID-19 Exposure Guidance & Response Plan

Employee Leave Related to COVID-19

As COVID-19 continues to impact our workforce and operations the County will continue to update employee leave policies to comply with federal regulations or modify existing County programs.

Employee Leave Related to Covid-19

Employee Health Insurance & Benefits related to COVID

As COVID-19 continues to impact our workforce and operations it is important to be aware of ongoing changes to County health insurance, such as waiver of copays for some testing and Teladoc services. Florida Blue is offering virtual and emotional support services for members directly impacted by COVID.  The County’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is also available for counseling by telephone or virtually. For questions or any assistance related to your benefits, please contact the Benefits Team to discuss your needs and concerns, 209-0635, x4.

SJC Benefits | COVID-19 & Health Insurance

Travel and Work Policies

We recognize that our workforce is being impacted by the rapidly changing response efforts to the COVID-19 virus. As State and federal officials provide more guidance on protective measures, the County is evaluating possible impacts to employees and our operations.

County Employee COVID-19 Travel & Work Policies

Employee Leave

A leave of absence is any authorized absence from work for medical, military or personal reasons. It is the County’s policy to comply with all applicable laws that afford protection rights to employees who need family, medical and military leave, including the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA).

Compassionate Leave: Compassionate hours are a means to offset financial challenges in the event County employees exhaust their own leave balances due to acute illness, accident, or injury to self or to serve as the primary caregiver to an immediate family member. Approval for use of compassionate hours is at the discretion of the County Administrator. For more information: Compassionate Leave

The Family Medial Leave Act: FMLA requires the County as a covered employer to provide up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave with continuation of insurance coverage during leave to eligible employees for specified family and medical reasons. Eligible employees may also care for a service member while they suffer from a serious injury or illness for up to 26 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave. For more information: Family and Medical Leave

Military Leave: Florida Statutes and USERRA requires the County as a covered employer to afford protection rights to employees serving duty with the military, the Reserve and National Guard. Employees who require time off work to fulfill military obligations shall be entitled to eligible pay with continuation of insurance coverage during the period in which the employee is engaged in annual field training, coast defense exercise, or other active duty or training exercises or who is ordered by the Selective Service Board to appear for an examination for induction into the military service. For more information: Military Leave

The Sick Leave Pool: Full time County employees who have completed 1 continuous year of employment with the Board of County Commissioners may elect to participate in a Sick Leave Pool to have access to a source of additional sick leave when their accrued sick and vacation leave hours are exhausted. Sick Leave Pool hours may only be used in cases of illness, accident, or injury to self. For more information: Sick Leave Pool