Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Ingalls Shipbuilding will update this page as needed for communicating information regarding COVID-19.

LATEST UPDATE

Temperature Screening ends Sept. 18

September 18, 2020
Ingalls’ onsite rapid testing protocols for COVID-19 are now in place in two locations, providing individuals who are tested with their results in usually 15-30 minutes.

With the use of rapid testing and other measures the Company has put in place, such as cleaning/sanitizing of work spaces, face covering requirements, and continuing to follow CDC and state of Mississippi guidelines, temperature screening at Ingalls will be discontinued effective September 18, 2020. We have seen limited effectiveness of temperature screening, as compared to our testing and other protocols.

Ingalls will remain in alignment with the latest guidance from both the state of Mississippi and the CDC, and will continue to communicate with our employees as that guidance evolves.

All employees should remain vigilant and aware that positive cases do not always exhibit elevated temperatures, so self-monitoring is essential. Please continue to do this daily, as part of your efforts to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

If you feel sick, or can answer “yes” to any of the following questions, please go to one of our onsite testing station locations, or call 228-935-1922.

• Have you been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days?
• Are you experiencing a cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat?
• Have you had a fever in the last 48 hours?
• Have you had new loss of taste or smell?
• Have you had vomiting or diarrhea in the last 24 hours?

As a reminder, onsite rapid testing is available to all employees on the following schedules. You do not need to call ahead to be tested.
Monday – Friday, 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. / Saturday, 6 a.m. – noon.
• Testing facility at the HR building on Jerry St. Pe’ Highway
• Testing facility at the West Bank Medical Center


Protect yourself against COVID-19 during Labor Day weekend

September 3, 2020

Ingalls will be closed for Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 7. Shipbuilders are reminded to stay safe from COVID-19 while away from work during the long weekend. The health and safety of our shipbuilders is Ingalls’ top priority. For this reason, we have continued to implement appropriate health and safety measures since the early days of the pandemic. It’s important to remain consistent with these practices.

This means taking those precautions when we’re away from work. Be sure to remain aware of your health and the potential risk of exposure to COVID-19 at home and elsewhere.

As a reminder, it is essential that we all follow CDC and health department guidelines at all times, not just at work. Your health, the health of your family, your friends and your coworkers depends on it.

Ingalls is doing all it can do to ensure a safe workplace for all shipbuilders, customers and suppliers. It’s important that we, as employees, do our part as well, and that reaches beyond the shipyard.

COVID-19 prevention measures include

  • Follow social distancing guidelines
  • Wear a mask / face covering to cover mouth & nose
  • Wash hands often
  • Use disinfectant / hand sanitizer frequently

See HII video:


COVID-19 Test and Quarantine Pay Update

September 1, 2020
Ingalls (Mississippi work location), in partnership with Singing River Health System (SRHS), is offering Rapid COVID-19 testing. Employees can now get test results within 15-30 minutes, while waiting.

With this improvement in response time, the Company is modifying its COVID-19 Test and Quarantine Pay Policy. The below is effective immediately.

Onsite Screening and Testing (applies to the Mississippi work location only)

  • Employees will be paid to a COVID Hospital Charge while being screened, awaiting test, testing and awaiting results.
  • Employees testing positive will be quarantined for 14 days and will be paid.
  • Employees testing negative will report to work or use standard leave and absence policies if they choose not to report to work.

Offsite Screening and Testing

  • Mississippi employees choosing to be tested offsite, the use of standard leave and absence policies will apply until the test results are received.
  • Employees working at locations other than in Mississippi can be tested offsite and will be paid while awaiting test results.
  • Employees testing positive should provide results to the Ingalls Medical staff. They will be quarantined for 14 days, and will be paid.
  • Employees testing negative will report to work or use standard leave and absence policies if they choose not to report to work.

Onsite Close Contacts (applies to the Mississippi work location only)

  • Close contacts identified by Ingalls’ Medical staff will be quarantined while awaiting the 5-day incubation period, and be paid.
  • Once instructed to report to the onsite screening location the employee will fall under “Onsite Screening and Testing” above.

Self-Disclosed Close Contacts

  • Mississippi work location employees may report to the onsite screening stations to be tested and will be paid to a COVID Hospital Charge while being screened, awaiting test, testing and awaiting results.
  • Employees working at locations other than in Mississippi can be tested offsite and will be paid while awaiting test results.
  • Employees working at ALL locations that test positive should provide results to the Ingalls Medical staff and will be quarantined for 14 days, standard leave and absence policies will apply.
  • Employees testing negative will report to work or use standard leave and absence policies if they choose not to report to work.

Immediate Household Contacts

  • This applies to an immediate family member (spouse or dependent children) residing in the same household.
  • If a household immediate family member is quarantined by an outside physician, school or employer and an Ingalls employee is required to be quarantined due to contact, the standard leave and absence policies will apply.
  • If an immediate household family member tests positive, the employee should provide the results to the Ingalls Medical staff and the employee will be quarantined for the recommended number of days per CDC guidance from the positive test date of the household member and will be paid.

Other

  • Quarantine pay related to these circumstances is limited to a one-time occurrence. If an employee needs to be quarantined more than once, standard leave and absence policies will apply.
  • Employees considered to be high risk for COVID-19 or who are a primary in-home caregiver for a high risk person should exercise discretion and use standard leave and absence policies or work from home if possible with management approval.
  • Employees who are sick or self-quarantined may also be allowed to work from home, if possible, with management approval or use standard leave and absence policies.
  • Employees with other issues affecting their ability to come to work should, as always, contact their supervisor, Human Resources Business Partner or Labor Relations Representative.
  • Employees who are confirmed positive for COVID-19 either by the Ingalls Medical staff or an outside physician are not to report to work and are not to return to work until cleared to do so by the Ingalls Medical staff.
  • To request confirmed positive COVID-19 pay, the employee must certify that he or she confirmed positive for COVID-19, and the request must be approved by the Ingalls Medical Department.
  • If confirmed positive for COVID-19 by an outside physician, medical documentation must be provided to the Ingalls Medical Department by email to CovidResponse@hii-ingalls.com.
  • Employees should also call in and report their absence to their immediate supervisor.
  • Once the proper confirmed positive COVID-19 documentation is received and approved by the Ingalls Medical Department, the Ingalls Payroll Department will be responsible for timekeeping, until the employee returns to work.

Onsite Rapid Testing for COVID-19 Now Underway

August 27, 2020, 12:15 p.m.

The ability to test and quickly receive results is part of Ingalls’ continuing efforts to protect the health and safety our workforce. The Company, in partnership with Singing River Health System, introduced “Rapid Test” COVID-19 testing this week.

This method provides results in approximately 15-30 minutes. This means you will get your test results onsite “while you wait” – eliminating the previous and longer waiting time and period of uncertainty about employees’ health.

Employees who test negative will be allowed to return to work.

Employees who test positive will be directed to quarantine and will be provided important medical information, as well as information regarding the return to work process.

Rapid testing will be conducted at the two locations listed below, Monday – Friday from 6 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Saturday from 6 a.m. – noon.  You do not need to call ahead to be tested.

  • Testing facility at the HR building on Jerry St. Pe’ Highway
  • Testing facility at the West Bank Medical Center (Begins Monday, 8/31)

This rapid testing, conducted by Singing River Health System, is open to all employees regardless of their insurance carrier. Please note that, while employees will not have a cost associated with testing, they will need to present their insurance card at time of testing.

The hard work and cooperation of our shipbuilders remains critical as we continue to work through challenges associated with COVID-19. Ingalls is committed to implementing innovative solutions, like rapid testing, to further promote the health and safety of our workforce.


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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