Important information: there was some miscommunication/lack of communication between the Employer and the Unions on the home care workers exemption in the public health order. This means that we provided incorrect information on the town hall call last night. We will correct this in the question and answer document that we will post later today.
Here is the clarification we received from the Employer today: Home care staff are not exempted from being cohorted if they have a position in a LTC environment. As such, if they are cohorted to the LTC home, they will not work in Home Care. Similarly, if they are assigned to work in Home Care they cannot work shifts in LTC. The Exemption for Home Care was to allow them to go into multiple environments throughout a home care shift as part of their regular daily service requirements. Members can’t work their jobs or shifts in LTC if they are cohorted in home care, but they can go into facilities or personal care homes to provide service to their home care clients who happen to live in those facilities or homes.
We provided the information that we had and apologize for any confusion that was created.