Yesterday (3/10/22), the Sheriff’s Department began informing management and executives of its plan to begin unilaterally implementing discipline related to those employees who have not registered in either the Fulgent system or the Department’s stand-alone registration portal. It is reported that the Department will open administrative cases on subjects not in compliance with previously issued Performance Log Entries (PLEs) which may result in a 15-day suspension followed by termination. While the Department has met with PPOA on several occasions on issues surround the registration mandate, an agreement has NOT been executed, and is still being negotiated.
For those members already having received a PLE or have had administrative cases opened, PPOA will continue to defend them against any/all inappropriate discipline. Additionally, PPOA continues to file grievances on any/all proposed discipline to our members pending the completion of the Meet and Confer process and unilateral actions taken by the Department.
However, with this information, all members should be advised, there is no current legal basis to continuing to decline the Sheriff’s mandated COVID-19 registration. For this reason, if you have not yet registered, PPOA now highly recommends all members to at least register within the Sheriff’s Department registration portal to avoid future discipline. Those members not registered at this point, and having not yet received a PLE, will also likely be subject to discipline. PPOA’s Legal Representation Policy and/or the Fraternal Order of Police Legal Plan, Inc. may not provide legal defense if you are disciplined for failure to register.
It is strongly encouraged that you complete your registration ASAP.