Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Ingalls Shipbuilding will update this page as needed for communicating information regarding COVID-19.
LATEST UPDATE
How to Safely Wear & Take Off a Cloth Face Covering

July 31, 2020, 1:45 p.m.

Review the documents below for helpful information on how to properly wear and take off a cloth face covering.

Source: Centers for Disease Control


Know your risk

July 17, 2020, 11:30 a.m.

Employees are encouraged to assess the risk of activities they may partake in when not at work. Be consistent, it is essential to take care of yourself at home, in your community and at work. Know your risk.

Source: Texas Medical Association


Procedures for self-quarantine for confirmed or suspected COVID-19

July 15, 2020, 2:45 p.m.

Ingalls Shipbuilding encourages employees to exercise caution if you suspect you may have COVID-19. Your health and safety is our priority.


Response to Governor’s Executive Orders

July 12, 2020, 11:45 a.m. 

Please be advised that in response to the Governor of Mississippi’s executive order issued July 10, 2020, Ingalls Shipbuilding will adhere to the following changes effective July 13, 2020:

    • Additional screening practices
    • Face covering requirements for employees that cannot maintain 6 feet of distance and your job allows for face coverings
    • Reminder that employees are to inform medical staff if they think they may have COVID symptoms


Do your part to help Ingalls reopen safely

June 29, 2020, 2:14 p.m. 

As you enjoy the Independence Day holiday weekend and summertime travel and activities with friends and family, be sure to remain aware of your health and the potential risk of exposure to COVID-19. As a reminder:

It is essential that we all follow CDC and health department guidelines at all times — at home, in our communities, in our daily lives, and at work. Your health, the health of your family, your friends and your coworkers depends on it.

At Ingalls, more of our coworkers are returning to work every day and new hires are joining the workforce every week. The Company is doing all it can do to ensure a safe workplace for all shipbuilders, customers and suppliers. We continue to clean work areas daily.

It is also important that every employee also take personal responsibility and ensure you clean your way into and out of your work area each day. Be smart and use the resources available to you such as disinfectant and hand sanitizer which can be obtained by visiting the Facility Cleaners building in the main yard or by calling 228-935-3464.

Social distancing is a practice that should absolutely be followed at all times that it is possible; and when it is not possible, please wear a mask or other face covering to cover your mouth and nose.

 DO NOT come to work if you have a positive contact at home or outside of work – immediately call the Ingalls Medical Department, at 228-935-1922, for instructions.

If you feel sick, DO NOT come to the shipyard. You can be SCREENED OVER THE PHONE by calling the Ingalls Medical Department at 228-935-1922, Monday- Friday 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., or by calling the Singing River Hospital Coronavirus Hotline at 228-809-5044 any time, day or night.  You can also contact your primary healthcare provider. Then, if necessary and as directed, you may be scheduled for testing here at the shipyard.

Please spread the word not the virus — at work, at home and in your community. These steps will help ensure the health and safety of all employees.

Here are some other actions to consider as more and more areas are opening to public activities:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If soap and water aren’t available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Hand sanitizer refill stations are available in the yard for you to use.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

Avoid close contact when possible

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick at all times, even at home.
  • Follow social distancing recommendations: Maintain six feet of space between yourself and others when possible.

 Cover your mouth and nose when around others

  • The CDC encourages you to wear cloth face coverings when you are in public.
  • You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
  • The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.

 Clean & disinfect

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, desks, phones, keyboards.
  • Do not share your phone, computers or supplies with others.

Monitor your own health status

  • Be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath or other symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Conduct a daily self-check before you come to work.
  • Do not come into work if you are sick.
  • Contact your supervisor immediately if you begin to feel ill at work.


Update on COVID -19 Screening & Temperature Checks

June 7, 2020, 12:00 p.m.

As we are now experiencing the effects of Tropical Storm Cristobal, we must remain focused on changing conditions, while also keeping the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in mind.

During the heavy weather, temperature checks at the gates may need to be suspended. Therefore, it is essential that you do what you can EVERY DAY to help stop the spread of the virus.

  1. STAY HOME IF YOU FEEL SICK!
  2. Conduct a DAILY SELF-CHECK at home before you come to work. 

To conduct a daily self-check, please complete the following steps:

  • Check your temperature, and if it is over 100.4 degrees STAY HOME
  • If you are experiencing a cough, shortness of breath, or feel like you have a fever STAY HOME
  • If you have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 STAY HOME, but notify your supervisor about your close contact, so we can continue to keep the workforce safe.

YOU DO NOT NEED TO COME TO WORK TO BE SCREENED!

DO NOT come to the shipyard if you feel sick. You can be SCREENED OVER THE PHONE by calling the Ingalls Medical Department at 228-935-1922, Monday- Friday 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., or by calling the Singing River Hospital Coronavirus Hotline at 228-809-5044 any time, day or night.  You can also contact your primary healthcare provider. Then, if necessary and as directed, you may be scheduled for drive-up testing at the shipyard.

Spread the word not the virus.  These steps will help ensure the health and safety of all employees.

Thank you for your cooperation.


Liberal Leave has ended, but safety remains a priority

May 25, 11:00 a.m.

Now that the liberal leave period has ended, please know that safety remains a core company value at Ingalls Shipbuilding, and that we value our employees.

For your protection, the protection of your fellow shipbuilders and of customers, supplier reps and others entering the facility, Ingalls will continue the enhanced cleaning and disinfecting practices, temperature screening, on-site testing, and other appropriate health and safety protocols to ensure we maintain a safe workplace. We will also continue to issue periodic reminders about maintaining social distancing, where possible, wearing protective coverings and masks, and individual responsibility of all employees and visitors to wash and sanitize hands and work spaces.

Active employees who consider filing for unemployment benefits should note that there are penalties prescribed by law for willful misrepresentations or omissions of facts. This means that employees are subject to criminal prosecution if they knowingly use false or inaccurate information to apply for or receive unemployment benefits to which they are not entitled.

Thanks for doing your part to keep our shipyard safe and healthy.  And remember – “What you do today matters!”


Liberal Leave Ends on May 22

May 14, 2:00 p.m. 

States and communities have begun relaxing COVID-19 restrictions on business services and travel.

As a result, the Liberal Leave Policy we put in place early on in the pandemic will now end one week earlier than originally announced – prior to the first shift on Friday, May 22. Beginning on May 22, employees should follow usual company attendance policies and get approval from their supervisors for PTO / vacation unless on a preapproved leave.

Ingalls understands that some may need more flexibility.  Those employees who need more time off on or after May 22 should use these normal processes:

  • Medical or Family Care Leave of Absence (MLOA) for employee (or for employee to care for an immediate family member) with a serious health condition, or for Short-Term Disability / Loss of Time qualifying immune system conditions
  • Personal Leave of Absence (PLOA) up to 30 days for CARES ACT qualifying reasons
  • For MLOA:  Contact the Leave Desk at 228-935-1009; leavedesk@hii-ingalls.com
  • For PLOA, represented employees must submit form SSF M7818 to their director’s office or Operations Administration.  Non-represented employees must submit form SSF H8344 to their HR Business Partner after management approval.
  • Applications must be timely submitted as required by the applicable MLOA or PLOA process to excuse further absences. If you are unable to download the appropriate form from the links above, both forms are available at the Leave Desk in the HR Building.


End of COVID-19 Five-Day Absence Pay

May 10, 12:00 p.m. 

In mid-March, as the COVID-19 pandemic developed, Ingalls instituted a temporary pay policy under which each employee could be paid up to five days (40 hours) of COVID-19 Absence Pay, if he or she is ill, without providing documentation. This policy was implemented at a time when it was difficult for individuals to get in to see their regular doctor, and other health care providers were not readily available for diagnosis and treatment.

Most communities are now easing travel and other restrictions. Also, Ingalls is now doing 100% temperature screening of individuals coming into the shipyard, and COVID-19 testing is available onsite for those who do not pass this screening.

As a result, effective Monday, May 11th, the enhanced pay policy that provided that an employee can be paid for up to five days (40 hours) of COVID-19 Absence Pay, if he or she is ill, will no longer apply.

Please refer to the Ingalls Pay and Benefits document for more detailed information about current pay and benefits policies.


Liberal Leave Extended

May 4, 11:00 a.m. 

Liberal Leave has been extended at Ingalls through May 29, 2020, in order to provide employees with the flexibility they need to deal with the impact of COVID-19 on their personal circumstances and family situations.  We want to ensure that employees who make the decision to take Liberal Leave have a complete understanding of all the impacts of not collecting a paycheck on other types of compensation and benefits.

The following list includes some of the major items impacted when an employee remains on liberal leave in an unpaid status:

  • Employees will not be contributing to their own 401(k) accounts.  Currently, they make contributions every pay period.
  • Employees will not be receiving the company match contributions in their 401(k) accounts every pay period.
  • For non-represented employees no contributions are made to eligible employees’ Retirement Account Contribution (RAC) accounts.  These contributions are between 3% – 5% of pay every pay period based on the employees’ age.
  • Employees on Liberal Leave who have outstanding 401(k) loans will have to continue to make loan re-payments or their loans will go into default.  Depending on when they took out their loan, they may be subject to a 10% tax penalty in addition to normal taxes owed on withdrawals.  Employees should contact the HII Benefits Center for more information. .
  • For Ingalls non-represented employees, any purchases they made through the Purchasing Power Program and any loans they have through the Kashable Program will need to be paid while employees are out on Liberal Leave.  Employees will need to continue to pay those through arrangements with the providers.  In addition, employees on Liberal Leave are not able to make new purchases or get loans under these programs since they are not collecting a pay check.
  • Ingalls represented employees will continue to participate in their pension plan and continue to accrue benefits while on Liberal Leave.  However, pension plan formulas are generally based on pay, therefore, employees on unpaid Liberal Leave will see reduced pension accruals consistent with their reduced pay.
  • Employees will not be making contributions to their Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA).
  • Employees will not be making contributions to their Day Care Spending Accounts.
  • For represented employees at Ingalls, unpaid Liberal Leave hours do not count toward the minimum of 1200 hours worked to qualify for full vacation entitlement.
  • At Ingalls represented employees on liberal leave will be delaying their automatic wage progression which is based on hours worked.
  • May impact employees’ eligibility for FMLA in the future.  Employees need 1,250 hours worked in the rolling 12 month period prior to requesting the leave – unpaid liberal leave hours do not count towards the hours worked requirement for FMLA.
  • Premiums for Health, Medical, Dental, Vision, and Life Insurance coverage may be impacted as follows:
    • At Ingalls, both non-represented and represented employees out on unpaid Liberal Leave will have their premiums go into arrears and this will be collected when they return to work.
  • Certain qualifications and certifications could be lost depending on how long someone is on Liberal Leave and away from work.
  • At Ingalls, a list of uncollected union dues is provided to each union for them to determine if they will request “back dues”.   Represented employees should check with their union for details on this.
  • Certain garnishments may keep compounding and will have to be deducted from pay when the employee returns to work, for example, levies.


Ingalls Information Phone Line

For Information on Shipyard Operations:
1-877-871-2058

Coronavirus Questions

Have a specific question or concern?

Call 228-935-0171

Email ingallscoronavirus@hii-ingalls.com

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