GV Destinations Employee Communication
We hope you all continue to stay well and manage the best you can. We understand most of you are now receiving your unemployment benefits, the $600 weekly supplement and stimulus checks, so hopefully things are easing up for you. If you continue to have issues with your unemployment benefits, you can contact our GMS Account Rep Jackie Brand at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
As we transition to calling some staff back to work and preparing for our reopening, we will discontinue the weekly family meal program (last pickup April 30). We do have a few of the $50 Walmart gift cards still available for those staff still in need (priority given to those who have not received one, submit requests using form below).
We hope that the 10 weeks of benefits continuation, PTO pay outs, family meals, and gift cards the company provided have been helpful to you and bridged the gap until your unemployment benefits began. We will continue to keep you informed through email message and updates to the staff webpage. You can submit question through the form below as well.
We hope that we can reopen soon and welcome you back!
Discount Meal Assistance
All employees receive a 50% discount on all carryout options available, including The Crush House, The Twisted Olive, and Family Style options at The Villa Grande. Details can be found on our website.
May Benefits Continuation
I am pleased to announce that the company will be providing benefits continuation THROUGH MAY 2020 for all furloughed employees. (Through April was already announced). Additionally, the company will NOT require furloughed employees to pay the May employee contribution if they have not returned to work by the end of May. When the employee returns to work, standard benefit deductions for employee contributions will resume. We hope this additional support not only helps you financially but ensures your medical coverage during this time of a pandemic should you need to access healthcare.
Reminder also that April is Open Enrollment, as reported GMS conducted the open enrollment info webinar today. See Resources section below for updated benefit summary files. Contact Ellen Wise at email@example.com with any questions about your benefit elections.
Return to Work Information
As you know the Stay at Home Order goes through the end of April in Ohio, we all hope to have more information in the next week or so about whether this will be extended or not and when businesses might be permitted to open (and to what extent…will there be limits on capacity of restaurants, events, etc…?). So far we have been able to call back several employees to support essential business needs and our carry out/delivery options and will continue to call back others as business warrants and as we plan for our re-opening when the timing is better known. Below are some common questions we have received in this regard for your information.
Q: What is the process for being called back to work?
A: Management will determine what position/skills are needed based on business needs and anticipated openings and select staff for call back based on their skill set, FT vs. PT, and seniority. We simply give you a call with a report to work date and you report on that day. There is no paperwork to complete, you are just re-classified as an active employee and clock in, etc…
Q: Will my job be the same when called back to work?
A: Most staff will be returned to the same job and same department, however, because this crisis has caused significant business changes (and likely will after reopening), schedules and assignments may vary based on business needs. For example, during this business closure the staff still working now are often working different schedules and performing different tasks….i.e. it has been an “all hands on deck” type scenario where everyone is doing whatever is needed to operate the business each day. We want nothing more than to return everything and everyone to “normal” as soon as possible but staff should expect that during this re-start phase, things could be different. Hourly and Salary pay rates will remain the same as before the layoff.
Q: What happens if I am called back to work and I prefer not to return yet?
A: When called back to work, if you decline to return on the date requested this is considered by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) as job abandonment/voluntary resignation of your position AND unemployment benefits would end. You would receive certified letters from GV Destinations in this regard and GMS would notify ODJFS to terminate your unemployment.
We hope you continue to stay well and manage this difficult time the best you can…let’s hope we’re seeing each other at work again sooner rather than later.
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3-16-20 Restaurant, Bar, Events Closure
Ohio Unemployment Information: http://jfs.ohio.gov/ouio/CoronavirusAndUI.stm
GMS CONTACT – You can contact our GMS account representative Jackie Brand for assistance at JBrand@groupmgmt.com
Q – For unemployment filing, how should I classify the reason?
A – You should enter “Laid Off” or “Lack of Work”. Do NOT answer “Leave of Absence” or “Strike/Lockout”, GMS reported today (3.23.30) that some employees used these last two responses which could delay the unemployment benefit. If you did, see if you can change it directly with your own filing. GMS will change it when they see it come through but again, this might cause a delay.
Q – Will my length of service be negatively affected by this layoff?
A – No, this current layoff related to the coronavirus crisis will NOT impact your length of service when you return to work…i.e. your hire date will remain the same as it was prior to the layoff.
Q – What happens with my PTO when I return to work if I am full time?
A – PTO accruals will start up again when you return to work if you remain full time. Accrual rates are based on length of service so there will be no change of the rate since your length of service is not changed.
Q – Do I have to resubmit new hire paperwork when I return to work after the layoff?
A – No, your file remains open in our system and you are currently classified as laid off. Once you return to work, your classification would just go back to active. No resubmittal of new hire paperwork will be required.
Q – What happens to my job after this shutdown is over?/Will I get called back to work?
A – It is our hope that employees impacted by the business shut down would be called back to work when business resumes as soon as is possible. What none of knows yet is how long this crisis will last and what life and business will look like after the shutdown. Will customers come back?…in what volume?…how soon? All of these variables would have an impact on how quickly we can call back employees. Our hope is that business will be robust again soon and we can call everyone back as soon as possible.
Q – I heard unemployment is for full wages if you have kids in your care at home…is this true?
A – No, having dependents does not impact your unemployment.
Q – Are part time employee eligible for unemployment if out of work?
A – Unemployment doesn’t look at hours so much as they do weekly wages. If you are part time with no change in hours you are ineligible. If you are part time and have been drastically reduced or are full time and reduced to part time, then you can file and potentially could be eligible so long as your potential unemployment benefits exceed your weekly paycheck. Most states agree that a worker who voluntarily chooses to cut back on hours or work part-time is not eligible for partial unemployment benefits, which in the case that someone was hired part-time and knew they were part-time would more than likely not get partial unemployment.
Q – Will my health plan through GMS pay for the COVID-19 testing (Codes U0001 and U0002)?
A – Yes. GMS will waive member cost share for these tests when administered by in-network providers in accordance with the CDC guidelines.
Q – Will my GMS health plan cover the treatment for COVID-19?
A – Yes. Treatment for COVID-19 is eligible under the normal provisions of the plan when following CDC guidelines.
Q – Will employees have a waiting week before their unemployment starts?
A – No, Governor DeWine (Ohio) has waived the waiting period for all lack of work claims so employees can start collecting as soon as the claim has been processed.