(MURFREESBORO) For those driving down Memorial Boulevard on Sunday (3/22/2020), many have wondered about the big tent, trailers and line of cars in the parking lot at State Farm Insurance. The insurance firm had a drive-through so employees could pick-up special computers for working at home.
As the impacts of COVID-19 evolve and intensify, State Farm continues to make decisions committed to the health and safety of its associates.
A spokesperson said, "As we first shared last week, an employee Murfreesboro facility tested positive for the virus. The Murfreesboro Operations Center remains closed to appropriately disinfect and sanitize according to Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines."
State Farm has responded to the COVID-19 Coronavirus issue by equipping employees to work from home.
In a release, the company stated that it was committed to the health and safety of its associates as well as limiting interruptions to customers. The firm has made the decision to temporarily alter the company leave policy, retroactive to March 14, 2020.
- Employees who are not yet enabled to work from home and are unable to come into the office will be granted paid administrative leave in circumstances where they are caring for their children when schools or places of care are cancelled. As soon as tools are made available, the expectation is that employees in this situation will make every effort to begin working from home.
- In addition, any employee who is awaiting COVID-19 test results, or caring for themselves or household members who have tested positive for COVID-19, will also be granted paid administrative leave.
Both of these changes are retroactive to March 14. Employees can use paid administrative leave without first exhausting their personal time off benefits.