* CMS Memo…
To: State of Illinois Agency Leadership
From: Janel L. Forde, Director
Date: January 14, 2021
Subject: Guidance for Employees | Beginning January 17th
Over the past week we have all been troubled by recent events at our U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. and the potential for protests at state capitols beginning January 17th has been widely reported. The health and safety of our employees and members of the public is always a primary concern. The Illinois State Police (ISP), Illinois National Guard (ING), and Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) are coordinating with local and federal law enforcement to implement additional security measures and restrictions in downtown Springfield, including our state capitol, to ensure the safest inauguration week possible.
The Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS) encourages all employees to work remotely beginning January 17th through January 19th, if possible, due to the anticipated protests in downtown Springfield.
Sunday January 17th and Monday January 18th – Employees that are not scheduled to work and considering accessing a state facility are encouraged to instead work remotely.
Tuesday January 19th – Regular workday – Employees encouraged to work remotely.
Agencies may keep employees at home and designate them as being in “on-call” status on Wednesday January 20th if they are unable to perform their job duties remotely.
CMS will continue to work with the State law enforcement agencies, regarding additional guidance as the nature of these events develop. We will also update your agency if this guidance changes during the week.
Agencies should notify the following CMS contacts if the intention is to shift all employees to remote designation and not reporting to a state facility. This will allow CMS to coordinate with its custodial and security vendors and specific sites.
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