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Resolution RS2020-271

A resolution requesting the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department, the Nashville Fire Department, the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office, and the Health Department to provide injury-on-duty leave to all first responders and health workers who contract COVID-19 without having to use accrued leave time and without having to show a specific incident of exposure.

WHEREAS, the arrival of COVID-19 to Davidson County has caused tremendous strain on already overworked first responders and Health Department personnel; and

WHEREAS, under current Civil Service policies, first responders and health workers who contract COVID-19 are generally only eligible for injury-on-duty (IOD) leave if the virus was contracted through a verified occupational exposure; and

WHEREAS, by the very nature of their jobs, first responders and health workers are not able to practice the same level of social distancing that other Metropolitan Government employees can practice; and

WHEREAS, first responders and health workers should not have to prove they contracted COVID-19 through occupational exposure; and

WHEREAS, pursuant to Section 4.8.C. of the Metropolitan Civil Service Rules, it is the responsibility of the appointing authority to determine if an employee reporting an injury or occupational illness is entitled to injury leave; and

WHEREAS, given this unprecedented situation and the magnitude of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is fitting and proper that first responders and health workers who contract the virus should be presumed to have done so as a result of occupational exposure for the next eighteen months.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ENACTED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE METROPOLITAN GOVERNMENT OF NASHVILLE AND DAVIDSON COUNTY:

Section 1. That the Metropolitan County Council hereby goes on record as requesting the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department, the Nashville Fire Department, the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office, and the Health Department to provide injury-on-duty leave to all first responders and health workers who contract COVID-19 without having to use accrued leave time and without having to show a specific incident of exposure for the next eighteen months.

Section 2. The Metropolitan Clerk is directed to send a copy of this Resolution to Police Chief Steve Anderson, Director Chief William Swann, Sheriff Daron Hall, and Health Director Dr. Michael Caldwell, with a courtesy copy to each member of the Civil Service Commission and to Human Resources Director Shannon Hall.

Section 3. This Resolution shall take effect from and after its adoption, the welfare of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County requiring it.

Sponsor(s)

Zachary Young, Bob Nash, Joy Styles, Erin Evans, Kyonzté Toombs, Jeff Syracuse, Courtney Johnston, Emily Benedict, Sandra Sepulveda, Tonya Hancock, Sharon Hurt, Zulfat Suara, Kathleen Murphy, Dave Rosenberg, Colby Sledge, Ginny Welsch, Freddie O'Connell, Robert Swope, Russ Bradford, Thom Druffel, Nancy VanReece, Burkley Allen, Steve Glover, John Rutherford, Delishia Porterfield, Gloria Hausser, Jennifer Gamble, Tanaka Vercher, Brandon Taylor, Antoniette Lee

Legislative History

Referred toBudget and Finance Committee

IntroducedApril 7, 2020

AdoptedApril 7, 2020

ApprovedApril 8, 2020

By:Mayor Cooper's signature

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Last Modified: 04/13/2020 11:54 AM