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PEF negotiates agreement to extend telecommuting to July 2

After negotiations with PEF, the state has agreed to extend the temporary emergency telecommuting agreement to July 2, 2021.

The March 15, 2020 temporary emergency agreement was set to expire on April 2, 2021.

“Our members have proven throughout this pandemic that services to New York can be accomplished via telecommuting,” said President Wayne Spence. “Forcing PEF members back into clustered situations demonstrates the disconnect between the Governor’s public statements and state agency managements interpretation of those statements. Their actions put the workforce and local communities at risk from this unrelenting aggressive virus and it must stop.”

This extension does not necessarily mean that all agencies are choosing to participate or properly utilize telecommuting. PEF urges local leaders to make an official request that agencies fully utilize the now-extended telecommuting option through the labor/management or health and safety process.