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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Oklahoma City relaxes employee leave policies

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Oklahoma City Manager Craig Freeman issued updated guidelines for employees on Wednesday affecting leave, travel and workplace policies in the face of escalating concerns regarding coronavirus.
Oklahoma City Manager Craig Freeman issued updated guidelines for employees on Wednesday affecting leave, travel and workplace policies in the face of escalating concerns regarding coronavirus.

The city of Oklahoma City loosened leave policies Wednesday to accommodate the needs of employees impacted by the coronavirus.

The city is one of the 10 largest employers in the metro area with more than 4,800 employees, around the same as Mercy Hospital.

In a memo Wednesday, City Manager Craig Freeman said:

• Qualifying employees can receive up to 10 additional days of donated sick leave.

• Eligible employees can borrow up to 10 days of sick leave if their accrual balance is zero.

• Employees can take accrued leave, compensatory time off, and unpaid leave as long as the city manager's "hazardous condition" declaration is in effect, with a supervisor's permission.

Leave policy modifications apply to employees personally impacted by COVID-19 due to personal or family illness or caretaking needs, childcare needs, or by virtue of being in an elevated risk group.

No city employees were known to have tested positive for coronavirus as of Wednesday afternoon.

Freeman said employees with COVID-19 symptoms would be sent home. 

Those calling in sick with symptoms will have to be medically cleared before being allowed to return to work.

Employees who travel out of state must disclose the destinations, including layovers, to their supervisor and department head before departure. Depending on the location, employees may be asked to self-isolate for up to 14 days.

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Oklahoma City Manager Craig Freeman issued updated guidelines for employees on Wednesday affecting leave, travel and workplace policies in the face of escalating concerns regarding coronavirus.

Oklahoma City Manager Craig Freeman issued updated guidelines for employees on Wednesday affecting leave, travel and workplace policies in the face of escalating concerns regarding coronavirus.

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William Crum

OU and Norman High School graduate, formerly worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, and the Norman Transcript. Married, two children, lives in Norman. Read more ›

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