Workers to Begin Returning to Office in July Under New Health and Safety Protocols
ST. PAUL, Minn., May 22, 2020 – AgriBank today announced that its employees and contractors, most of whom have been working remotely since mid-March due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, will begin gradually returning to their downtown St. Paul offices in July.
"AgriBank is committed to providing a healthy and safe workplace," said AgriBank CEO Jeff Swanhorst. "We will follow a detailed, flexible preparedness plan that will enable us to protect our workers while continuing to provide excellent, uninterrupted service to our customer/owners."
Under the plan, workers will begin returning to the office on July 6 under a flexible plan that facilitates social distancing to prevent the spread of the virus. Workers were previously expected to return to the office on June 1. Some workers may continue to work remotely because of underlying medical conditions, childcare needs or other concerns.
The plan follows guidelines related to COVID-19 from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and Minnesota Department of Health. In addition to social distancing, which includes new protocols for workspaces and common areas, the plan addresses enhanced office hygiene and housekeeping; prompt identification of sick workers; and communications, training and supervision to ensure effective plan implementation. The plan may evolve as circumstances change.
AgriBank is part of the customer-owned, nationwide Farm Credit System. Under Farm Credit's cooperative structure, AgriBank is primarily owned by 14 local Farm Credit Associations, which provide financial products and services to rural communities and agriculture. AgriBank obtains funds and provides funding and financial solutions to those Associations. The AgriBank District covers a 15-state area stretching from Wyoming to Ohio and Minnesota to Arkansas. For more information, please visit www.AgriBank.com.
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