As you have heard, it has come to our attention that some supervisors are interfering with the filling out of contact sheets by COVID-19 employees. This interference may be direct, through modifying the contact sheet themselves or asking employees to do that, suggesting a facilities audit means there could not be contacts, or even going as far as telling employees there should be no names on the sheet. Or it may be indirect in suggesting that there could be a negative consequence to having too many entries on the sheet. This poses a clear and present danger of interfering with the contact tracing process, and therefore a clear and present danger to the safety of Branch employees and the public. Only a clear directive from your office to managers and supervisory employees can undo the continuing harm caused by these practices. We ask you to immediately issue such directive, clarifying:
* All employees must be free from any supervisory interference with how they fill out their contact tracing sheet, and no supervisor or manager may alter the employee’s entry on the sheets.
* There must be no negative consequence, nor suggestion of any negative consequence, for the employee filling out the sheet no matter how many contacts it may show.
* Managerial or supervisory directives about social distancing should be directed at employees generally, and in no way be directed at employees who test positive and or fill out contact tracing sheets.
We cannot overstate the urgency of resolving this situation.
Thank you, Dan Livingston on behalf of Judicial Union Leadership