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Sat Aug 21, 2021, 11:47 AM

De Blasio hasn't given workers clear rules on return to office

https://nypost.com/2021/08/20/de-blasio-hasnt-given-workers-clear-rules-on-return-to-office/
By Julia Marsh and Nolan Hicks

"He’s late again!

Just weeks before the Big Apple’s expected reopening, white-collar municipal workers are still waiting for crucial guidance from the chronically tardy Mayor Bill de Blasio about returning to the office, The Post has learned.

“The mayor needs to step in and give us some real guidance other than, ‘Hey you need to social distance,'” said Ischia Bravo, district manager of Community Board 7 in The Bronx.

“We haven’t heard anything yet and we’re all wondering when,” another white-collar city employee told The Post.

The uncertainty forced the head of the Law Department to advise her staff that they may be coming back full-time in mid-September with no ability to work remotely.

“At this time, in the absence of any official announcement from City Hall, everyone should plan for the likelihood that employees will return to the office on a full-time basis starting September 13,” Georgia Pestana, the city’s Corporation Counsel wrote to her nearly 2,000-person workforce on Wednesday.

“This is a fluid situation, and I appreciate everyone’s continued patience while we await further instructions,” Pestana wrote.

A Law Department staffer, who shared Pestana’s email, told The Post his colleagues are livid, “especially the working parents.”

‘Our kids are going to come back’: de Blasio says NYC public schools won’t be remote

“We don’t think September 13 is a reasonable date for a full return,” he said, adding that it coincides with the first day of public school. De Blasio has said there will be no remote option for students this year."

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