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Meeting Date: 08/17/2021  
Contact: Kathleen Shields, Managing Director of Human Resources

COUNCIL ACTION
AGENDA ITEM:
Consider approval of a Paid Quarantine Leave Policy for police officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians and detention officers as required by Chapter 180.008 of the Local Government Code.
BACKGROUND:
The purpose of this policy is to provide guidance in accordance with Chapter 180.008 of the Local Government Code regarding paid quarantine leave for Firefighters, Peace Officers, Detention Officers, and Emergency Medical Technicians.  This bill was signed into law during the most recent regular legislative session and provides leave to quarantine or isolate Firefighters, Peace Officers, Detention Officers, and Emergency Medical Technicians due to a possible or known exposure to a communicable disease while on duty. The City of DeSoto recognizes that employee health and safety are critical and therefore supports establishing a workplace that is comfortable, healthy and safe.  
FINDINGS:
The use of Quarantine Leave may be granted after a firefighter, peace officer, detention officer, or emergency medical technician has had a possible or known exposure to a communicable disease while on duty. The political subdivision’s health authority will determine when a threat of highly communicable or life-endangering diseases are immediately present and may release orders for applicable or essential workers to follow general quarantine protocols. When this occurs, department supervisors will allow for the use of Quarantine Leave based on the health authority’s protocols for appropriately dealing with the disease and/or its prevention of community spread. Applicable employees on paid quarantine leave will continue to be eligible for all employment benefits and compensation, including continuing all leave accruals and benefits. While on Quarantine Leave, the employee will not use any other paid leave type (vacation, sick, holiday, compensatory time). This policy has been discussed with both the Police and Fire Departments and all requirements have been clarified.
FINANCIAL IMPACT:
All positions are funded annually and any costs will be incurred will be the result of having to replace those who are in quarantine due to this policy.
RECOMMENDATION:
Staff recommends that the City Council approve a Paid Quarantine Leave Policy for police officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians and detention officers as required by Chapter 180.008 of the Local Government Code.
 
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