Spence continued in a statement: “Our members provide essential and vital services to New York State and telecommuting allows them to continue to do so while protecting themselves, their families and their communities. We hope that this extension can allay some of the concerns of our members in these difficult times. “The health and well-being of our employees and their families remains a top priority for the Office of the State Comptroller during these challenging times,” said Jennifer Freeman, the office`s director of communications. “The vast majority of our employees work from home and do their jobs very efficiently. Important collaborators report to our institutions. Most employees will continue to work remotely until at least January 2021. The Civil Services Union (CSEA) and the Public Employees Federation (PEF) have agreed with the Governor`s Office for Employment to extend the temporary emergency agreement a third time to allow civil servants to apply for work-from-home arrangements until January 1. “We are pleased that the state has recognized the concerns and considered the needs of our members,” said Wayne Spence, President of the PEF. “The renewal of this agreement will give members the flexibility they need to deal with child care issues resulting from virtual learning and the closure of child care. Under the agreement, state employees can work from home up to five days a week, with the permission of their workplace`s supervisors and human resources. ALBANY — New York`s top public employee unions reached an agreement Friday to extend telecommuting rules until 2021. The agreement will also be extended to individuals represented by District Council 37, United University Professions and non-unionized workers or in confidential management positions. Since March 22, 2020, the professionals of Unit A classified by mt. ISC are in a paid situation and working under the negotiated emergency telework agreement.

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