Message from the President of Hypower
Updated 04-02-2020, 10:05 am
Hello everyone. Is everyone hanging in there? I hope so. This is pretty stressful. I was just reading the news. Over 10 million layoffs in two weeks. Entire cities shutting down. Hospitals overwhelmed. Scary stuff.
So far all of our jobs remain open and we haven’t laid off anyone. We are applying for the loans to help us avoid layoffs. We will see how that goes.
In the meantime FOLLOW THE RULES and be as productive as possible. Let’s not give anyone a reason to shut down our jobs. Stay safe. Stay alert. Let’s just keep doing a good job.
Bernard Paul-Hus, President
Updated 03-27-2020, 4:15 pm
Happy Friday everyone:
I wanted to take a minute to reach out and update you on a few new updates.
As of today, The House of Representatives voted to approve a $2 trillion stimulus bill. Later today, the President is expected to sign this bill into law.
So what does that really mean to each of us? Well, it’s complicated. Yes, the government will be sending most people a one time check, if they qualify. Here is a quote from one of the news articles: “More than 150 million households would receive checks under the legislation, which will send payments of $1,200 to many individual Americans plus $500 for children. People with incomes above $99,000 are not eligible, and the total benefit is phased out for people earning between $75,000 and $99,000. The bill includes almost $400 billion to help small businesses retain their payrolls and $250 billion to boost unemployment insurance, offering $600 per week for four months for laid-off workers, on top of whatever benefits their states may provide.” It sounds like really good news for many of us.
As for Hypower, almost all of our jobs remain open for business, and we continue to be considered an Essential Service. Miami Dade and Broward have “Shelter-In-Place” requirements, but as long as you are traveling to work, every employee of Hypower is exempt. To help out, we are sending every employee a badge to wear and a virtual badge you can keep on your phone in case an authority figure such as a policeman questions why you are not at home. Look to receive this over the weekend and up to as late as Tuesday due to the challenges of getting these out to everyone.
Believe it or not, we continue to hire people! If you know of anyone who is qualified to apply as a licensed electrician to work in our Service Department, let them know we are hiring. If we hire that person, you will qualify for a referral bonus. Check with Al Bryant for details.
We continue to be awarded and start new projects. Hopefully, the government and medical professionals figure out the vaccine and medication to stop Covid-19 very, very soon. By Easter would be great, wouldn’t it? I remain optimistic that our scientists will find a solution soon that lets us get back to normal sooner than later. Until then, remember to follow the CDC protocols to avoid spreading the virus. That information is on our Covid-19 awareness page on our website.
That’s it for now. Be safe, stay safe, and try to enjoy the weekend.
Bernard Paul-Hus, President
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Message from the Risk Manager
Updated: Friday, 03-27-20, 7:40 pm
In our continuing effort to help everyone stay healthy while we’re all working we ask that you personally help with a few things;
- If you have any symptoms of Covid-19, please stay home and let your supervisor know you’re going to self-quarantine per the CDC guidelines and seek medical attention.
- If you need medical attention and don’t already have a doctor to see, or simply want the convenience of not leaving your home, consider using the Teledoc app. FL Blue has arranged to waive Teledoc copays for Hypower plan members with issues related to COVID-19 for a limited time. Teledoc doctors can answer questions about the disease, evaluate your risk, and provide support by a phone or video call to help relieve symptoms for affected patients, addressing both physical and mental health needs. Teledoc info attached PDF LINK here and TELEDOC APP LINK HERE 1-800-835-2362
- While at work, if possible please keep a safe distance from others as often as possible. There’s an Apple app with guidance and info about COVIC-19 and specifically about social distancing you can check out here: LINK HERE
- If you find yourself in a crowded area, elevator, bus or even if you’re simply working close to someone else, that’s a good time to wear a mask.
Masks are in short supply these days, but we’ve got some that we’re sending out to the jobsites. Each mask will be accompanied by a zip lock bag to store it in when you’re not using it. Hopefully you can make it last a week or more before you need a replacement. Your supervisor should have one for you soon.
- It’s also important that you wash your hands frequently and/or use hand sanitizer. The goal here is to wash away any COVID-19 germs before touching your face, mouth or nose. To help here, soap and water as well as hand sanitizer is readily available in the offices. On the jobsites we’re providing soap and washing stations were they don’t have them in place already. These should be set up on Monday. If you’re on one of the job sites where they don’t already have wash stations with soap and water, your supervisor will be providing you with a small bar of soap and a zip lock bag to keep it in. When you need a replacement bar, let your supervisor know and he’ll have another for you.
- In addition to these measures, the safety glasses you should be using the entire time you’re working at a jobsite will also help protect your eyes, just as the mask is protecting your mouth and nose. If you need new safety glasses, please ask your supervisor and if you’re in an office and want them, just let me know and I’ll set you up.
- We currently have a non-contact forehead thermometer at the Main Office at my desk and the Pompano Office at Nick Altadonna’s desk and we’re getting them for our larger jobsites as they become available. If you’re not sure if you have a fever (Temp greater than 100.3) and want to check, please call us before coming to see us so we’ll have an opportunity to put on PPE, then stop by for a quick temperature reading.
Thanks for working safely every day and please listen to the CDC recommendations LINK HERE https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html and stay safe and healthy.
David Weingarten, Director of Risk Management