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Sheriff Alex Villaneuva was shocked on Wednesday when he learned during a conference call with county officials that they would not pay any deputies who were forced to quarantine prior to April 1. Anyone who was quarantined during March would have to use sick pay and vacation time
The county CEO Sachi Hamai made the announcement during a conference call. Going forward anyone who is forced to quarantine starting April 1 will be paid
“Those who don’t have sick time or vacation time are just not going to be paid, it’s a big problem with me. We have an obligation, we’re putting them in jeopardy by putting them into situations the average citizen is not going to do, and why on earth would we jeopardize their pay because of a quarantine issue.
– Sheriff Alex Villaneuva
Starting April 1 anyone who is forced to quarantine will receive 80 hours of sick pay, but that does nothing to help those who have been forced into quarantine prior to that date.
In response to the police the county CEO Sachi Hamai released the following statement
“It’s unfortunate that the Sheriff continues to bring issues to the media with the sole purpose of picking a political fight rather than joining the County family in our urgent shared mission, which is the COVID-19 crisis. The Sheriff should know since the guidelines were sent out last week, that new federal benefits for employees affected by COVID-19 took effect beginning today.
The guidelines for these programs are set by the federal government, not by the County. The Sheriff is responsible for his own decisions if he ordered employees to be placed on home leave. As a department head, he should be well aware that employees he orders to stay at home should be placed on paid administrative leave. If the Sheriff has any other concerns he should be working with the County’s Department of Human Resources to address any individual employees’ situations and needs instead of going to the media with misleading information.”
The LA county Sheriff said there are currently 200 deputies under quarantine and the decision to not pay anyone who was quarantined in March will leave 50 of them without pay.
“90 percent of them won’t’ be sick, they’re not gonna test positive, which means they’re on quarantine only, and you can’t build a workman’s comp claim for not being sick, the quarantine issue is not there as part of workman’s comp,”
Sheriff Alex Villanueva
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