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This situation continues to be very fluid and management will review the situation regularly and report changes are they are determined.

We value the safety and well being of our employees and their families during this Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic outbreak. We understand the burden these decisions put on you during this tough time. We are striving to minimize the work disruption, but we are operating in accordance with guidelines, direction and orders issued by Federal, State and Local authorities.

We truly appreciate your understanding and patience until we resume full operations.

COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan

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Report Exposure, Illness, or COVID-19 Related Case Information to Human Resources

Current Updates:

UIC Management continues to monitor the environment as well as the guidance provided by local, state, and federal government agencies and will update and adjust our Site Safety Policy to ensure a safe work environment for our employee and guests.

While COVID-19 remains a present concern, the current conditions affecting our UIC worksites have improved significantly. However, UIC continues to strongly encourage employees to continue to seek and boost their COVID-19 vaccination immunization defenses to aid in their own and their coworkers protection from possible future outbreaks of this virus.

Based on the improvements of the conditions in the communities of our facilities, UIC will make the following changes to the COVID-19 Site Safety Policy:

Effective Immediately for all UIC Sites:

Site Safety Policy

  • Mask and social distancing requirements are lifted for all individuals fully vaccinated or unvaccinated.
    • Employees or visitors may choose to continue to wear a mask at their own discretion.
  • Site access and safety protocols for visitors will return to normal. All visitor restrictions related to COVID-19 will end effective with this notice.

Quarantine and Isolation Protocols

  • If exposed to someone with a confirmed positive:
    • Quarantine for 5 days (day 0 = date of exposure),
    • If no symptoms, return to work day 6; mask required day 6-10.
  • If you develop symptoms or test positive:
    • Quarantine for 5 days (day 0 = date of symptoms start/test positive),
    • No fever for 24 hours prior to return,
    • Return to work day 6; mask required day 6-10.

Travel Policy from Areas with a High Community Level (CDC)

  • Travel policies will continue to be governed by CDC guidance (Note specific instructions for domestic and international travel guidance.)

Employees and Individuals who are NOT Up to Date with COVID-19 Vaccines Should:

  • Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after returning from travel.
  • Stay home and self-quarantine for a full 5 days after travel.
  • Follow additional recommendations below for ALL travelers.

All Travelers

  • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
  • Follow all state, tribal, local, and territorial recommendations or requirements after travel.

Recently Recovered from COVID-19

  • Do NOT need to get tested or quarantine if you recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days.
    • Starting from the date of your most recent positive test.
  • You should still follow all other travel recommendations.

CDC Travel Guidance Resources:

Important Notice:

In the event of an outbreak of COVID-19 cases or changes in government guidelines, UIC reserves the right to reinstate or implement any or all safety measures it deems necessary locally or companywide to provide a safe and productive work environment for our employees.

Thank you for your patience and continued cooperation.


UIC Officers and Management

On Thursday, November 4, 2021, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) released emergency temporary standard (“ETS”) implementing COVID-19 vaccine mandates for employers of 100 or more employees, which was to be fully implemented by January 10, 2022.

On January 26, 2022 OSHA has withdrawn the emergency temporary standard (“ETS”).

While UIC strongly encourages employees to seek vaccination, UIC has suspended indefinitely any activity mandating vaccination, weekly testing and other components contained in ETS.

We will closely monitor any developments on this topic and will update our policies as needed or required by Federal, State or Local government order and action.


UIC Officers and Management

It is not business as usual. This is a time of great stress and uncertainty. Yet, our customers ask more of us every day. 

We are grateful for the work you are doing. You have shown tenacity and loyalty to UIC during these unprecedented times. In appreciation of that dedication, the following changes to our policies will soften the burden that the COVID-19 Pandemic has placed on all of you. 

  1. RETENTION BONUS – In appreciation for your loyalty and dedication during these unprecedented times, UIC will pay a $200 (before taxes and deductions) retention bonus on October 9 to all hourly employees in Ohio and Virginia who work the entire month of September. 
  2. VACATION BUY BACK – COVID-19 has caused many schedule disruptions to our normal operations and increased our current demands to very high levels. To meet these demands, some individuals delayed vacations to meet production requirements. To accommodate these demands, hourly employees may elect to receive payment in lieu of time off for vacation time which must be used before December 31, 2020. 
  3. POINT SYSTEM – UIC is temporarily modifying the No Fault Attendance Point System as follows until further notice: 
    1. CALL OFF:  Two (2) points will be given for each day the employee calls off prior to the start of their shift EXCEPT FOR 
      1. DOCTOR’S NOTE – An absence due to illness of the employee or dependent child if a doctor’s note is provided. The doctor’s note must include the date(s) off along with the return to work date. 
      2. PROTECTED LEAVE – Time off under a state and/or federal regulation such as FMLA, USERRA, ADA, worker’s compensation leave, etc. 
      3. COVID-19 LEAVE – Absences related to COVID-19 symptoms or positive test results for the employee or a household family member in accordance with the Disease Prevention and Response Plan. 
    2. WHEN WILL A POINT BE REMOVED:  Point(s) received will be removed six (6) months after the date of the occurrence.  (Previously one (1) year). 

UIC Management

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