AutoGate Employee COVID-19 Information Page

Update, June 29th, 2020

Cases of Covid-19 are rising in Ohio but please be aware that we are keeping our eyes on any developments and how AutoGate may be impacted.  Please continue with the protocols that we have put in place: hand washing, mask wearing, social distancing, cleaning highly-used surfaces and tools, etc. Changes will be posted on this page, as well as communicated through your supervisor or management.

 In the meantime, the most up to date information about Covid-19 and Ohio can be found here:  https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/home

6-1-2020 UPDATE! 

Please review the latest OHIO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH ORDER in regards to COVID-19.  Click on the PDF below.  PAGE 6 about manufacturing facilities and masks is particularly important.

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5/22/2020

UPDATE!  COVID-19 TESTING AVAILABLE.

COVID-19 testing and Antibody Testing Available at no out -of-pocket cost!!!!!!!

The Erie County Health Department is offering community testing to anyone who lives or works in Erie County at no out-of-pocket cost.

Both PCR and Antibody Testing are available.

PCR Testing     

This test is used to determine if you are currently infected with COVID-19.

Antibody Testing

This test is used to determine if you were infected with COVID-19 in the past

To sign up for testing go to:    http://eriecohealthohio.org/

Limited testing times available so sign up now!

 

News as of Wednesday, May 20th, 10:00 AM

The Stay Safe Ohio Order has been amended.  You may read this amendment and updates on Ohio’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic by clicking on the following link.  Ohioans Protecting Ohioans Urgent Health Advisory

Largely the changes pertain to personal items: travel restrictions in and out of state are relaxed but travel should only happen if necessary.  Employers are strongly urged to continue with all the things we have put in place: the 6ft physical distance, wearing masks when the 6ft distance cannot be maintained, continue to practice good hand-washing, and continued sanitization of commonly touched surfaces.  You are strongly encouraged to read the advisory and watch the video in their entirety for all details.

If you wish to watch the full video of the May 19th full update, including versions with foreign language closed captioning, can be viewed on the Ohio Channel’s YouTube page

News as of Friday, May 1st, 1:15 PM

As of May 2nd, 2020, the furlough period has ended at AutoGate.  Benefits provided during this period of time will not be continued past this date.

Employees that have not been scheduled back to work as of this date, should have been contacted by the HR Department to discuss your employment status and options going forward. 

Due to the unforeseen circumstances surrounding the Coronavirus pandemic, and our efforts to keep employees at a safe distance from each other, employees may be scheduled for a shift that is different from what they were working before the furlough was put in place. 

We are doing our best to make sure AutoGate can continue to operate under the Governor’s guidelines.  While we understand not every situation will be ideal for everyone, we need to consider the needs of the Company and what we must do to assure our ability to continue producing products at a level that meets our customer needs and keeps the majority of employees gainfully and safely employed.

It is very important that you understand failure to return to AutoGate as scheduled may affect your unemployment eligibility.   It is also essential that you understand our regular attendance policy will resume and be strictly adhered too effective Monday, May 4, 2020.  If you have any questions, please call Diane or Wendy in Human Resources.

AutoGate update on return to work and full production capability.  All employees are expected to read the memo.  For any questions or concerns contact AutoGate Human Resource Department at (419) 588-2796, extension 7. 

Below is the link to the most updated Stay Safe Ohio Order:

https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/static/publicorders/Directors-Stay-Safe-Ohio-Order.pdf

 

News as of TUESDAY, April 28th, 11:00 AM

Reminder to employees:

“It is your responsibility to check in with you supervisor (via call, text, or email) on a weekly basis to confirm or update your availability for scheduling. Supervisors will contact you when you have been added to the schedule. It is also your responsibility to contact the Human Resources Department (419-588-2796, ext. 7) to confirm the use of Emergency Paid Sick leave, Vacation or PTO, or other types of leave if you are not currently scheduled or working on site. Your confirmation for how you are to be paid must be received in the Payroll Department no later than 5 pm on Mondays.”

 

News as of Wednesday, April 22nd, 11:00 AM

See the Covid-19 information link as it pertains to Erie County Ohio.  Just another helpful resource.  https://www.coviderieohio.com/

Also the below pdf file is included in employee pay stubs this week to be signed and returned.  It is the AutoGate New Infectious Disease Outbreak Control Policy.  For any questions or concerns contact AutoGate Human Resource Department at (419) 588-2796, extension 7. 

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Previous news and information.

Currently we are beginning our return to work/operations.  The process is gradual and employees will be notified by phone call of their day and time to return. This process will occur over a few days and/or weeks so we remain complaint with CDC and Governmental Directives for pandemic control. Additional information can be found in the document below, please review it and familiarize yourself with the information contained so you are prepared when you receive your call.  Employees may not return to AutoGate until they are contacted by phone to do so. This is not your official notice to return, it is meant for your information and preparation for when you receive your phone call.  

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AutoGate News Release

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PTO/Time Off Request form on the Covid-19 for AutoGate employees.  It includes a line for the FFCRA leave (Families First Coronavirus Response Act).

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AutoGate Updated Travel Document.  Please print out and carry the updated travel document just in case you need it.

 

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Employee Rights on FFCRA Poster (Families First Coronavirus Response Act)PDF icon

 

In response to the Coronavirus Pandemic (Covid-19 or CV-19), The State of Ohio has issued the “Stay at Home” order.  This order impacts AutoGate, employees, vendors, and customers.  The order became effective Monday, March 23, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. and will remain in effect until 11:59 p.m. on May 1st, 2020, unless the order is rescinded or modified.  If you wish to read this order you may do so by accessing this link: Stay at Home Order

AutoGate is refining our current and future operation during the pandemic.  Ownership has issued a letter covering AutoGate operation Wednesday March 25th through and including Friday May 1st.  All employees are strongly encouraged to read the released company letter in its entirety and contact your supervisor, manager, or AutoGate Human Resources with any questions.  Click the link below to read the letter as drafted.

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We will be updating this web page with changes, updates, recall back to work plan(s), and other information as it occurs and becomes available.  

The Coronavirus and the Stay at Home order present potential for dynamically changing information and directives.  It is critical for all AutoGate employees to remain informed and the best ways to do so is to maintain good communication with your supervisor, manager, or the AutoGate Human Resource Department.  We have initiated and will adjust our contingency plans that will allow us to operate, communicate, assist employees with questions, and provide information and assistance.  To contact the AutoGate Human Resource Department dial (419) 588-2796, extension 7.  

We will be updating you with information on a daily basis.  It is important to remain in contact with your supervisor or manager and check this site daily.


Aflac

Aflac has released a message that may apply to AutoGate employees with associated policy coverage linked to the COVID-19 pandemic.  To read this release click this LINK.

For employees with applicable Aflac policies or those wishing to get information, have questions, or interested in signing up for any Aflac policies please contact our Aflac representative: Chris (419) 680-1087.  Or you can also contact AutoGate Human Resources for assistance concerning Aflac.  


For additional information we have placed links below to access and review to assist in any questions you may have and to inform you of news and related Coronavirus.

Ohio Department of Health  


Unemployment Information in regards to Covid—19 Pandemic:

If you are interested in information concerning unemployment insurance follow this link:  Ohio Coronavirus and Unemployment Insurance Benefits

For the latest updates and to learn more about the Coronavirus the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides a considerable amount of information and news : Click here for link to the CDC