Received this document from one of my partner institutions a few days ago. This after receiving the same "Door Delivery" protocols from several of the partner institutions I work with. I am over 70 years of age, but I don't have any fear of working through this health crisis (I also hold an advanced degree in Public Health Sciences, which helps understand how the scientists are talking about this as opposed to the media). However, my family doesn't feel the same way so after Governor Inslee's "stay home" order to workers over 65 years, I made the compromise to my family that I would do my part for 2 weeks, then reassess my risks after. However, I did send an email to partner management after receiving the above referenced document and asked them to consider the following:
• Like any other essential workers put on the front lines during a time of social crisis, our work is not without certain risks
• Under these conditions, when the risks are to our personal health that can potentially be deadly, we will be working under hazardous conditions
• Most of us Notaries are self-employed and in many instances these jobs are our only source of income, which means we will not qualify for unemployment benefits
• Nowhere have I seen any information to indicate that the self-employed, or those of us receiving SSI will qualify for the $1,200 relief benefit being offered as part of the CV-19 stimulus package
• Like most shift workers or hazardous duty positions, I believe that the Administration and/or employers should consider those of us who are independent contractors (like most notaries) to qualify for these benefits when expected to answer the call of duty. I would hope that our Contract Partners will be applying for these loans/grants from the government to pass those funds along as incentive pay to those of us who respond to the request to help keep the industry alive.
In addition to these issues regarding incentive pay, we need to also consider what happens if responding to these requests for services we get sick. Especially if as independent contractors many of us don't have employer paid insurance, unless it is through a primary job or partner employer. How do we mitigate the difficulties posed with the possibility of someone who signed with us getting ill and pointing to us as a possible exposure risk, which they didn't have prior to our arrival. There is a lot for us to consider here and I'm certain each of us will come to the decision that's right for us. Personally, the appearance of stigma (and in some ways insult) associated with the proposed "Door delivery" is not for me. I will either accept the risk or pass on the job, and no amount of financial incentive would make a difference. There is the temptation of a lot of work at this time, and I heartily believe we should be handsomely compensated for our risks and the jobs we are doing, even if any potential elevated compensation is just for a period of time that will pass with the waning of the virus. So, to this chorus I add my voice.
Good luck to all of you. I'll see you on the front lines.