Please Read this City Memo

Below is an important part of a memo from the Mayor’s office that you should receive from your supervisor but we seriously doubt that so we are posting it for you to read. Please take a minute to read this, it may affect your health and your job.


STAY HOME IF YOU ARE SICK. You have an obligation to help make the workplace safe for all employees, as well as citizens who interact with City employees during work hours. Therefore, you must not come to work, and must notify your supervisor and/orHR liaison, if any of the following applies to you:

• You exhibit any symptoms that could indicate COVID-19 (fever or new/worse cough, sore throat, difficulty breathing);

• You’ve been tested for COVID-19 and are awaiting results;

• You tested positive for COVID-19; and/or

• You were told by a health care professional to quarantine due to exposure to COVID-19.

Employees also have an obligation to report a positive test to the department safety officer to help stop the spread of COVID-19. You will be paid COVID-19 leave if you miss work for any of the reason listed above, and this time off does not affect any of your accrued benefit time. For more information, see the City of Chicago’s Sick Leave Policy Addendum or contact your HR Liaison. If you are absent from work for any of the reasons listed above, the department may require you to telework if you are able to do so. If you violate these policies and knowingly come to work while sick with COVID-19, you face potential discipline.

Again, DO NOT come to work if you have reason to believe you may have COVID-19 based on symptoms, tested positive for COVID-19, instructed to quarantine due to exposure to the virus, or tested for COVID19 and awaiting results.