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Epic not requiring employees to return in-person as they review plans with public health officials

VERONA (WKOW) -- Epic Systems is loosening its mandate on employees returning to work at its Verona campus after a letter from Dane County supervisors raised questions with health officials over Epic requiring employees to return to work in-person on Monday.

In at statement to 27 News, Sverre Roang, Epic’s chief administrative officer wrote, "While our intention is to return staff to campus, we are adjusting the timeframe as we work with public health officials to gain their agreement on our plan. We notified staff of these developments on Aug. 8. We look forward to working collaboratively with PHMDC."

In an email to employees, Epic officials said they will not be required to return to work in-person at their Verona campus Monday, as previously planned.

Instead, Epic stated that if employees "do not feel that their personal circumstances or concerns allow them to return to campus, they are no longer required to do so."

Employees returning to Epic's Verona campus also have a few options to make sure they feel they are staying safe:

"For those of you returning to campus, you have the choice to return gradually. You may come to campus two days in the first week, three the next, and four the following before returning to campus full time. You may also change your workday to come in earlier or later in the day than you typically would."

Epic is also seeking to clarify how to administer their return-to-work plan within the rule set by Public Health Madison & Dane County and Dane County's public health order.

"To be proactive, we’ve been in frequent communication with Public Health Madison & Dane County (PHMDC) to ensure our plans are in compliance with their orders. We consider PHMDC a valued partner, and an important source of public health information." Epic said.

As they receive more direct guidance from PHMDC, the company will announce new phase-in dates, Epic wrote in the email. As the makeup of who is on campus evolves over time, they may make changes to which groups come back when.

In a letter sent to PHMC on Saturday, Roang, asked that they, "work with us to review and provide clear advice and approval of our plans."

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