For Immediate Release May 29, 2020
Media Contact: Elizabeth (Liz) Gray
O: (918) 549-2453
Muscogee (Creek) Nation to phase in employees beginning June 1
MCN to implement ‘Protect Our People’ initiative
OKMULGEE, Oklahoma — Muscogee (Creek) Nation Principal Chief David Hill will begin a phase-in approach to reverse the essential staffing model and return MCN employees effective June 1.
On March 20th, the Executive Office released a memo regarding the essential staffing model for the employees of the Nation.
MCN offices will continue to remain closed to the public until further notice per the state of emergency which is still in effect.
Through collaboration with the MCN Department of Health and Human Resources, the Nation determined it is the proper time to safely return employees who have been placed on administrative leave and those who have been working from home since March 23.
“This decision came through several days of consulting with our health officials because safety has always been our top priority,” Principal Chief David Hill said. “The data and information we’re receiving along with the precautions we will be putting into place, leaves us confident that it’s the right time for bring our employees back.”
For the past several weeks, MCNDH has taken a multi-faceted approach to identify a safe return to work for MCN employees that include risk assessments and a cohesive categorization document through their return-to-work initiative, “Protect Our People.”
The risk assessments consist of different levels of risks and potential exposure to COVID-19 for each employee in every MCN department.
MCN HR has prepared a letter of communication explaining the phase-in process to employees.