June 4, 2020
A flickering candlelight at the
end of a long dark tunnel.
Texas Governor Abbott just announced Phase III to reopen Texas and included in that plan, effective June 3: “Amusement parks and carnival in counties with less than 1,000 confirmed positive cases may open at 50% capacity”.
To access the full language of the executive order: https://www.jkjworkforce.com/texas-governor-executive-order/
Having “carnival” included in the executive order was not an accident, it was due to the hard work of many in the industry, spearheaded in Texas by Mary Talley with Talley Amusements. Thank you, Mary!!
To access work product on getting this accomplished go to: https://www.jkjworkforce.com/talley-to-governor-abbott/ &
This is wonderful news for mobile entertainment operators in Texas. You should all be lobbying your governor’s office with similar letters, phone calls, emails to allow carnivals, fairs, festivals and local events to reopen with the proper precautions.
Workers returning to the USA
to continue employment
As you plan to reopen, of course you are doing everything possible to hire unemployed US workers to fill any openings.
After you access your new needs for H-2B temporary seasonal workers, please give me a call to discuss. If you have workers that were already processed and went home due to covid-19, we can work on getting them back to you. If you have not had workers processed or were capped out we will work with you and other employers and cap-exempt workers to supply your labor needs. This cannot be done overnight so we need heads up on your plans as they are being formed.
BEST PRACTICES FOR H-2B WORKERS PRIOR TO TRAVEL TO THEIR PLACE OF EMPLOYMENT ARE BEING FOLLOWED BY JKJ WORKFORCE AGENCY.
We have purchased face masks and no contact thermometers and given them to the recruitment and consular processing agents in Mexico. Prior to any worker traveling to the USA they will be scanned at their home city and scanned at the departure city for any elevated temperature and will not be allowed to travel if any their temperatures are not normal. They will be provided with a supply of disposable face masks if they do not already have appropriate face coverings for travel.
The consular processing and recruitment agents in Mexico are reducing the risk of any infection by sending only passports and other documents to the consular city by courier and not the workers. The documents are submitted to the consulate and only after visas are issued are the workers scheduled to travel, so their travel time and risk of exposure is reduced by several days.
We are not proactively requiring workers be tested for Covid-19 in Mexico because the testing in Mexico is chaos, riddled with false results and fraud.
BEST PRACTICES FOR H-2B EMPLOYERS WHEN NEW WORKERS ARE SCHEDULED TO ARRIVE.
Make sure that you have proper facilities and supplies and that you have carefully planned your reopening to protect all of your employees and your patrons. Facemasks, Antiseptic Gel, Handwashing Stations.
If you are providing housing of any type, make sure that it is professionally cleaned and disinfected prior to the arrival of any workers. If you are going to be working with reduced staffing and you have housing available, reduce the density of your housing. If there is a two-person bunkroom, only have one person occupy that bunkroom until this pandemic is over. Make sure that you have proper filtration systems for air conditioning in private rooms and in common areas.
As soon as you know when your workers are going to arrive, obtain a listing of the workers full names and dates of birth. Schedule covid-19 tests for all workers on the day that they are arriving. Transport the workers to those tests. Isolate the workers until the test results are back and only incorporate the workers into your workforce when the results come back as negative.