Jobs agency workers returning to office

Employees of Florida’s jobs agency who have been working at home will soon have to be back in the office, but there is no word on when other departments will follow suit or when state buildings will fully reopen to the public.

A week after Gov. Ron DeSantis lifted COVID-19 business restrictions, Department of Economic Opportunity employees who have been able to work remotely during the pandemic have been told they will need to transition back into the office, starting Monday.

Louise Mondragon, chief of human resource management for the department, outlined in a memo Thursday the return to “full-time office hours.”

Employees who are in what is known as the senior management service class are expected to return Monday, with other employees shifting back to the office on Oct. 19.

“Employees should discuss their individual circumstances with their direct supervisors,” Mondragon said in the memo.

The department, whose numerous duties include overseeing the unemployment system, is an executive agency under the governor’s office.

Fred Piccolo, a spokesman for Gov. Ron DeSantis, said such directions about bringing workers back to offices are up to individual agencies, when asked about plans to reopen state government buildings.

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