Derek’s outBOX-December 3, 2020 – Company Meeting


  1. I know I have said it before, but I’ll say it again and again, thank you all for your continued hard work and dedication during this CRAZY year!   It is greatly appreciated.


  1. Thank you for wearing your masks. We will keep the mandatory mask policy in place until at least November 14 so we can make sure no one spreads anything picked up over Thanksgiving.   We will do the same thing after Christmas.  We have made it all year without a single COVID case so it would stink to get one in December.   If you get COVID on December 27, please don’t tell me until January 1 so we can have a COVID free year.  😉 (This means I am joking)


  1. I want to let everyone know that Doug Hellstrom has decided to retire in 2022. He has a condo in Hawaii that is unrentable due to COVID restrictions for people visiting Hawaii so he will be moving there in February 2021.   Until his retirement he will work from home.   I love having Doug here and will miss knowing he is on the other side my office wall, as he has been for 26 years.  However, he worked from home from February to June because of COVID concerns (he is “chronologically gifted” and has asthma so he had to be extra cautious) and it went fine.   His job is one of the few here at Volk Packaging that can be done remotely if absolutely necessary.  


  1. Lastly, the PTO policy is changing due to legislation passed in Augusta. The plan we have, that everyone seems happy with, is going to be illegal according to the new PTO law.   We will work on a document that explains all the details and have meetings to discuss them.  In the meantime, here are a few quick notes about PTO going forward:
  1. At the end of 2020 we will pay out ALL PTO hours that have not been used. Everyone will end 2020 with 0 hours.
  2. When we begin the new year, we will give everyone 40 hours. Legally you earn them as you go, so if you use hours early in the year you may have a negative number on your paycheck. 
  3. At the end of 2021 you will have to carry your hours into 2022.
  4. Beginning in 2022, you earn hours as you work every 40 hours. Therefore, if you want to take 8 hours of PTO in January or February 2022, unless you carried some over, you will not have enough for a full day of PTO.  It will take working 320 hours (over-time counts) to earn enough time to take an 8-hour PTO day.  
  5. If you have ANY questions, email, text or Facebook Message me. We will gather all the questions, make sure we find the correct and legal answer, and get back to everyone later with the Q&A.
  6. Lastly, if you don’t like these changes, go to Maine Legislature Find my Legislator page  to call or email your State Rep and Senator. And here is the link to the Governor who signed the bill into law – Contact Gov. Janet Mills  Don’t be afraid to use your right to express how you feel.  If they don’t hear from anyone, they assume people are happy to have government micro-managing private businesses.  

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