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IRS Back To Work Monday: BYO PPE

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[From Politico] “The IRS will start recalling 'certain employees in mission-critical functions' to agency offices starting Monday, though it is urging them to bring their own face masks and suggesting the employees can make them out of t-shirts or bandanas, according to an internal memo circulated Saturday by two lawmakers.

Tony Reardon, who heads the National Treasury Employees Union, said separately that the 'initial wave' will include about 10,000 employees at 10 locations who will be 'opening taxpayer correspondence, handling tax documents, taking taxpayer telephone calls and performing other functions related to the filing season.'

The agency is asking for volunteers and offering incentive pay, Reardon said in a statement, but will order employees back if there are not enough volunteers.”


The IRS memo (see link) says:

"Employees are therefore required to bring personal face coverings for their nose and mouth area when they come to work. As stated in the CDC recommendations, these face coverings can be fashioned from common household materials (.pdf), such as clean t-shirts or bandanas. Materials used to create the covering must be conducive to a professional work environment and not contain any images or text that may be deemed inappropriate or offensive to others."