Designation of Emergency Responder

To:       All City Employees (Excluding School Department Employees)

From:   Daniel Rivera, Mayor

Re:       Designation of Emergency Responder under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Date:   April 16, 2020

On April 1, 2020, the Federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) took effect for employees. The legislation allows exceptions from eligibility for employees who are designated health care providers or emergency responders. The City has designated all employees in the following departments and divisions as emergency responders:  Police Department, Fire Department, Civilian call-takers/dispatchers, DPW, Water & Sewer, Cemetery, Office of the City Clerk, Inspectional Services, Health and Human Services, Public Health Nurse. In addition, the following additional positions have been designated as emergency responders:  Office of the Mayor, facilities maintenance staff for the city as well as all departments listed above, payroll/accounting for the city as well as all departments listed above. The City reserves the right to designate additional positions as emergency responders when necessary in the future.

Employees who are designated as emergency responders under the FFCRA are not eligible for leave provided by the FFCRA; however, contractual benefits under the applicable collective bargaining agreements and/or City policies remain in effect. 

A copy of the official document and the U.S. Department of Labor posting regarding the FFCRA can be found below.