NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — As liberal leave nears a close, Newport News Shipbuilding President Jennifer Boykin says the shipyard is going to start allowing workers to take unpaid leave if they don’t want to work during the coronavirus.
“To continue providing flexibility, we are offering a COVID-19 Unpaid Leave of Absence, which allows you to take unpaid time off with the peace of mind of knowing you still have a job when you return,” Boykin wrote in a shipyard update Tuesday.
Workers must submit a request for unpaid leave before May 18.
More information about how the unpaid leave of absence works can be found on the shipyard website.
As of May 5, the shipyard has reported 40 total confirmed cases of COVID-19 involving shipyard workers. Of those, 19 individuals have been medically cleared to return to work.
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