CORONAVIRUS EMPLOYEE UPDATES

Please be sure to continue to check back with this page for the most up-to-date employee information about this ever-changing situation. You can also follow us on both Facebook and Instagram.

4/17/20

We'd like to express our gratitude to all of you who have continued to serve our customers and employees this past month. Thank you for all you're doing to keep us operating during these uncertain times.

Updates for this weekend ...

- Please read the important note included with your paystub this week. Give us a call if you have any questions!

- We will leave more disposable face masks in your mailboxes over the weekend. Don't forget to stop by and pick yours up. This may be the end of our supply of disposable masks for now. We do have more on backorder, but remember to wash the cloth masks/bandanas we have provided and keep them in your trucks in case the disposables do not arrive for a few weeks.

- We have left a basket next to the mailboxes where you can leave your bottles for disinfecting spray and hand sanitizer. Be sure to leave your bottle over the weekend if you need a refill and we will get it back to you before you leave next week.

- If you are in need of any paper towels or toilet paper, let us know ASAP and we can arrange to get you some before you head out. 

- As you know, we continue to monitor the health and safety of our employees. If an employee is experiencing symptoms, or is confirmed to have COVID-19 infection, we will inform any impacted employees of their possible exposure. All impacted employees will self-monitor for symptoms.

 

Please do your part this weekend and follow these other guidelines from the CDC, including: 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow.

  • Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, nose and mouth.

  • Stay home when you can. If you do have to go out for essential reasons, cover your nose and mouth with a mask, bandana or cloth.

  • Practice social distancing ... stay at least 6 feet from others, especially those who are exhibiting symptoms of respiratory illness.

  • If you feel sick or have symptoms, stay home and stay away from others in your home. Employees who have symptoms are required to notify the office immediately and stay or return home.

  • Employees who appear to have symptoms (i.e., fever, cough, or shortness of breath) at work or who become sick during the day will be immediately be separated from other employees, customers, and visitors, and sent home.

  • Sick employees should follow CDC-recommended steps. Employees will not be allowed to return to work until the criteria to discontinue home isolation are met, in consultation with healthcare providers, state and local health departments and Carleton Transport Management.

  • Employees who are well but who have a sick family member at home with COVID-19 should notify the office and follow CDC recommended precautions.

 

4/8/20

Midweek Updates

As the impact of Coronavirus continues to challenge our business and the world, we wanted to provide everyone with a few midweek safety updates and reminders.

We are continuing to closely monitor and implement the changing recommendations from the CDC around Coronavirus safety. One of the biggest from this past week has been the recommendation of wearing face masks. COVID-19 spreads between people who are in close contact (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. Recent studies indicate that people who are infected but do not have symptoms likely also play a role in the spread of COVID-19.

 

- On the advice of the CDC, employees are now required to cover their nose and mouth at the terminal, and over-the-road whenever outside the truck, especially when in spaces with other people. We have provided face masks for your use and will provide more every week, as supplies permit. Remember to wash any cloth masks, or bandanas being used as masks, when you are home. If you need more masks, please let us know. More instructions on using and making face masks.

- In addition, employees should continue to avoid all in-person contact with other people. Do not stop in the lot, the office or shop area to chat with other employees, or to drop off paperwork. Leave paperwork in the designated area near the mailboxes. If you need to talk to other employees, managers or staff, call instead of talking in-person.

Other health and safety measures from the CDC we are following include:

  • Employees who have symptoms (i.e., fever, cough, or shortness of breath) are required to notify the office immediately and stay or return home.

  • Employees who appear to have symptoms (i.e., fever, cough, or shortness of breath) at work or who become sick during the day will be immediately be separated from other employees, customers, and visitors, and sent home.

  • Sick employees should follow CDC-recommended steps. Employees will not be allowed to return to work until the criteria to discontinue home isolation are met, in consultation with healthcare providers, state and local health departments and Carleton Transport Management.

  • Employees who are well but who have a sick family member at home with COVID-19 should notify the office and follow CDC recommended precautions.

  • If an employee is confirmed to have COVID-19 infection, we will inform any impacted employees of their possible exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace, but will maintain confidentiality of the sick employee as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). All impacted employees will self-monitor for symptoms (i.e., fever, cough, or shortness of breath).

We will have more disposable masks for you for next week. Please call the office and let us know if you need to restock on other supplies – such as disinfectant, paper towels, hand sanitizer, toilet paper, bandanas/bands or gloves – so that we can have them ready for you upon your return. Thank you!

 

4/3/20

Thank you to everyone for your patience with dispatching this week. We are definitely seeing a slowdown in customer work, although we are responding by adding some business that we hope continues to grow in the future. We will continue to follow our “first in, first out” rule in order to keep all drivers as busy as possible. As always, if you have questions, concerns or needs, please give us a call or send a message.

Updates for the weekend ...

- As we mentioned last week, the government has passed several laws to financially support both individuals and businesses like ours over the next few months. The first line of support for employees started this week. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) provides paid sick leave and Emergency Family and Medical leave under certain Coronavirus-related circumstances. You can find more information on the Coronavirus Leave page. If at any point through the end of the year you anticipate that you will need to use Federal Emergency Paid Sick Leave for covered reasons, please let us know as soon as possible by emailing admin@carletontransport.com or by calling the office and we can help you determine if you are eligible.

 

- If you haven’t picked yours up already, we have bottles of hand sanitizer for all drivers in your mailboxes.

 

- The past few days, the CDC has started to recommend face mask use when possible. We have a limited supply of masks and bandanas/bands and will have them for you starting today in your mailboxes. Please pick them up before you head out again next week. To learn how to make a no-sew face mask using the provided bandanas/bands, visit the No-Sew Face Mask page.

 

- As you return home for the weekend, please remember that Coronavirus safety doesn't end once you're off the road. Please follow these recommended steps from the CDC to keep yourself and your family as healthy as possible during this time:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow.

  • Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, nose and mouth.

  • Stay home when you can. If you do have to go out for essential reasons, cover your nose and mouth with a mask, bandana or cloth.

  • Practice social distancing ... stay at least 6 feet from others, especially those who are exhibiting symptoms of respiratory illness.

  • If you feel sick, stay home and stay away from others in your home. CALL YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY FOR GUIDANCE ... AND BE SURE TO UPDATE US BY CALLING THE OFFICE.

- We are still in need of more Lysol spray and hand sanitizer. If you have any at home you’d like to bring in, or you find any when you are shopping for essentials, we will reimburse you if you use it for work and provide us with a receipt.

​- Remember to plan and pack your meals for the week. It's safer and more convenient, especially as fast food and other restaurants have become less available as options on the road.

4/2/20

We now have a limited supply of face masks and bandanas available to cover your nose and mouth as needed. We will put some in your mailbox tomorrow (Friday). Please be sure to pick yours up before you head out next week.

3/31/20

All … two people have kindly donated hand sanitizer to Carleton Transport. Although it’s a limited supply, we have enough for all drivers to receive a 3 oz. bottle. We have placed them in your mailboxes. Please pick them up next time you are at the terminal!

3/27/20

Updates for the weekend and next week ...

 

As you return home for the weekend, please remember that Coronavirus safety doesn't end once you're off the road. Please follow these recommended steps from the CDC to keep yourself and your family as healthy as possible during this time:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow.

  • Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, nose and mouth.

  • Practice social distancing ... stay at least 6 feet from others, especially those who are exhibiting symptoms of respiratory illness.

  • If you feel sick, stay home and stay away from others in your home. CALL YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY FOR GUIDANCE ... AND BE SURE TO UPDATE US BY CALLING THE OFFICE.

 

See the links from experts in our Coronavirus Employee Resources section for more information about​ the pandemic, how to avoid the virus, protecting those who are vulnerable, what to do if you feel sick, how to set up your home to keep your family safe if you have a sick family member, and more.

 

- We are in need of more Lysol spray for the shop and demand is making it difficult to find. If you have any at home you’d like to bring in, or you find any when you are shopping for essentials, we will reimburse you if you bring it in for work use. We have had some luck asking employee family and friends to keep an eye out. People are being very generous when they find out we are involved in trucking.

- We are seeing some ebbs and flows in business at this time, but are still feeling optimistic about our lines staying strong since they are all considered essential. In addition, the government has passed several rulings this week to financially support both individuals and businesses like ours over the next several months, as needed. We expect to receive final guidelines about those rulings today or early next week and will pass along our updated policies as soon as we can.

- Remember to plan and pack your meals for the week as fast food and other restaurants are becoming less available for food options on the road.

Finally, THANK YOU to our entire staff during this time. The entire country is very appreciative of the service you continue to provide in order to keep essential supplies moving during this time!

As always, if you have questions, concerns or needs, please give us a call or send a message.

 

3/26/20

A reminder ... If you have any symptoms of respiratory illness, including Fever, Cough or Shortness of Breath, you are required to notify the office immediately and return/stay home. Do not wait to see if the symptoms get better or go away.

 

Also, we have more gloves, disinfecting supplies for cleaning your truck, and toilet paper to carry with you. Let us know if you need them and we'll arrange a pick up time and location.

 

 

3/20/20

First and foremost, please know that employee health and safety continue to be our biggest concerns. Continue to follow the guidelines we are sending to you regularly. You can find ongoing updates and information at this link online: 

carletontransport.com/coronavirus

 

REMEMBER: If you are exhibiting symptoms such as fever, cough or shortness of breath, you are required to call the office immediately whether you are working in the office, you are at home, or you are on the road. Drivers should not continue to run, as customers are not allowing drivers with symptoms to deliver at their locations. Any employee who is exhibiting any of the above respiratory illness symptoms is required to stay home.

 

Effective immediately, gloves are required for all on-the-job tasks where employees may be exposed. Drivers should use work gloves for all loading and unloading as usual. If you need a new pair, please let us know. We will also be providing disposable gloves in every truck for drivers which are required when fueling, picking up fuel receipts, handling paperwork, or in any situation when you are touching buttons, controls or screens. Gloves will also be required for shop and office employees for all tasks where exposure could occur. Please let us know if you need more. Continue to use good hand hygiene – wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

 

Lower your risk of exposure to coronavirus by taking the time when you are at home to prepare and pack your weekly meals and snacks.

 

We have received the following update from Pilot Flying J: 

  • We are currently not experiencing any fuel supply issues at this time.

  • Our showers are open, and we are cleaning each shower after each use with de-greaser, disinfectant and floor cleaner.

  • We are closing all self-serve food.

  • In locations where dining seating is still allowed, we are cleaning food contact surfaces using food grade sanitizer.

  • We are continuing to frequently clean our restrooms and commonly used areas with disinfectant.

  • We implemented a fresh cup policy for all refills on Friday March 13, 2020. If a guest would like to use their own mug, we’re asking them to use a new cup to transfer their coffee or a fountain drink from the machine into their own mug. They will only be charged the refill price.

  • Unless desired, Drivers do not need to bring their own towels for a shower. We are cleaning guest towels separately from service towels after each use.

  • We strongly encourage drivers use social distancing while in our stores.

  • Team Members are frequently washing their hands with soap and water. We also have hand sanitizer available for both team member and guest usage.

  • Team members showing any symptoms of illness are required to stay home.

 

 

3/13/20

Friday’s Tip to Staying Healthy On The Road … Take the time this weekend to plan and prepare your over-the-road meals at home instead of eating out and relying on others. Use a cooler or your truck fridge to keep meals fresh. Help protect you and those around you - slow the spread of coronavirus.

3/13/20

 

We wanted to provide employees with some additional information around coronavirus, health insurance and our PTO policy as this situation continues to evolve.

 

First and foremost, please know that employee health and safety continue to be our biggest concerns. 

 

Second, if you learn that you have tested positive for COVID-19, or you have had close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 patient, please notify the office immediately. 

Third, until further notice, do not stop into the office or shop area to chat or drop off paperwork. Leave paperwork in the designated area near the mailboxes. If you need to talk to one of our managers or staff, please call instead of talking in-person.

 

Time Off

If you need to take some time off for any reason, including coronavirus-related reasons, we will adhere to our standard PTO Policy.

Insurance

Carleton Transport employees and any dependents will continue to qualify for company health insurance as long as the employee’s expected work schedule is at least 40 hours per week, and health insurance premium payments are still made. A temporary change in hours to fewer than 40 is not cause for termination of coverage. However, if an employee’s schedule officially changes to fewer than 40 hours, or a temporary change in hours lasts more than 50% of the year, the employee is no longer eligible for health insurance and will qualify for COBRA at that time.

 

Company Guidelines

Continue to follow best practices and take steps to reduce the transmission of coronavirus, the flu and all communicable diseases. Our company guidelines include:

 

To avoid getting sick …

  • New: Until further notice, do not stop into the office or shop area to chat or drop off paperwork. Leave paperwork in the designated area near the mailboxes. If you need to talk to one of our managers or staff, please call instead of talking in-person.

  • New: Practice social distancing as much as possible. Try to keep a distance of at least 6 feet between you and others; stay away from crowded places.

  • Wash your hands frequently with warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds.

  • All drivers and shop personnel should use gloves when performing job duties, including loading and unloading. If you are in need of new gloves, please let the office know and we will provide you with another pair.

  • To help prevent spread of disease and infections, keep your hands away from your eyes, nose, and mouth.

  • Clean frequently touched surfaces in the offices, shop and inside and outside the trucks, such as door handles, keyboards, tools and steering wheels.

  • Avoid people who are sick with respiratory symptoms.

 

If you become sick …

  • Notify your manager and stay home when you are sick. It is critical that employees do not report to work while they are experiencing respiratory symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills or fatigue. Currently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that employees remain at home until at least 24 hours after they are free of fever (100 degrees F or 37.8 degrees C) or signs of a fever without the use of fever-reducing

  • medications. Many times, with the best of intentions, employees report to work even though they feel ill. We provide paid sick time and other benefits to compensate employees who are unable to work due to illness. Employees who report to work ill will be sent home in accordance with these health guidelines.

  • If you learn that you have tested positive for COVID-19, or you have had close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 patient, please notify the office immediately.

3/10/20

 

The world health community continues to monitor closely the emergence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the disease it causes, named "coronavirus disease 2019" (COVID-19). At this time, no one knows how severe this outbreak will be. Given this uncertainty, and the fact that the seasonal influenza (flu) virus is also widespread, we are taking proactive steps to address a number of business concerns.

 

First and foremost, we want to maintain a safe workplace and encourage and/or adopt practices protecting the health of employees, customers, visitors or others. We also want to ensure the continuity of business operations in the event of a pandemic.

We ask all employees to cooperate in taking steps to reduce the transmission of communicable diseases. Employees are reminded of the following:

 

  • Notify your manager and stay home when you are sick.

  • Wash your hands frequently with warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds.

  • All drivers and shop personnel should use gloves when performing job duties, including loading and unloading. If you are in need of new gloves, please let the office know and we will provide you with another pair.

  • To help prevent spread of disease and infections, keep your hands away from your eyes, nose, and mouth.

  • Clean frequently touched surfaces in the offices, shop and inside and outside the trucks, such as door handles, keyboards, tools and steering wheels.

  • Cover your mouth with tissues whenever you sneeze, and discard used tissues in the trash.

  • Avoid people who are sick with respiratory symptoms.

  • If you learn that you have had close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 patient, please notify the office immediately.

  • Employees are encouraged to use the telephone instead of face-to-face communications and meetings as much as possible during this outbreak.

It is critical that employees do not report to work while they are experiencing respiratory symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills or fatigue. Currently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that employees remain at home until at least 24 hours after they are free of fever (100 degrees F or 37.8 degrees C) or signs of a fever without the use of fever-reducing medications. Many times, with the best of intentions, employees report to work even though they feel ill. We provide paid sick time and other benefits to compensate employees who are unable to work due to illness. Employees who report to work ill will be sent home in accordance with these health guidelines.

While we currently do not offer formal telework arrangements, Carleton Transport may have to consider work-from-home arrangements for office staff on a case-by-case basis if things progress during this time.

We are closely watching this situation as it continues to evolve. As always, our focus is on the health and safety of our drivers, staff and customers. Please continue to check your email and mailbox for further information from us, and call in to the main office with any questions.

 
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