Alternative Work Schedule: An exception to the basic tour of duty, including the location at which
an employee works, approved by a Division with written notification and written work schedule
submitted to the Department of Personnel Management, Payroll and Risk Management. For purposes
of these Guidelines, Staggered Work Schedules and Telecommuting are the primary kinds of
Alternative Work Schedules.
Case: an individual whom a laboratory has confirmed to be infected with COVID-19.
Close Contact: an individual who was within six feet of a person with COVID-19 for fifteen minutes or longer
COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019): a respiratory disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
COVID-19 Leave: a kind of administrative leave provided in the Navajo Nation Personnel Policies Manual.
Essential Service: Healthcare Operation, Essential Governmental Functions, Essential Infrastructure
(e.g., courts of law, medical providers for urgent care, public utilities, and critical school operations
such as nutrition programs) (From Public Health Emergency Order No. 2020-002, March 19, 2020 and
expanded through Public Health Emergency Order No. 2020-003, March 20, 2020 to include food
cultivation (including farming and livestock), grocery stores, food banks, convenience stores, hardware
stores and other establishments engaged in the retail sale of groceries and non-grocery products
necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation and essential operation of residences, among other
Essential Employee: an employee that is necessary to maintain basic, direct government or
Exposure: an individual who has come into contact with a cause of, or possessing a characteristic that
is a determinant of, a particular health problem Click Here
High-Risk Individual/Population - Individuals of age 65 years or older and those with underlying
health conditions: (see list of underlying conditions applicable to COVID-19 at: Click Here
Hours Worked: The time an essential employee spends on the work premises or at a designated
workplace performing services of benefit to the Navajo Nation, including documented work
performed while telecommuting.
Navajo Nation Division (or “Division”): A Division, Department, Program, or subdivision thereof, of
the Navajo Nation Executive Branch, or a non-Local-Governance-Act-Certified Chapter Government.
Divisions are vested with responsibility for creating re-occupancy procedures and guidelines.
Personal Protective Equipment (commonly referred to as “PPE”): equipment worn to minimize
exposure to hazards that cause serious workplace injuries and illnesses. PPE may include items such
as gloves, gown, face-masks, safety glasses/face shield, and shoe covers, earplugs or muffs, hard hats,
respirators, or coveralls, vests and full body suits. For purposes of these Guidelines, PPE refers to
equipment designed to prevent COVID-19 spread.
Re-occupancy procedures and guidelines: A Division’s document outlining the rules to be
followed by a Division in re-occupying worksites during the COVID-19 pandemic. Among other
things, this document may include PPE-wearing requirements, testing requirements, procedures for
implementing alternative work arrangements (e.g. staggered schedules, telecommuting agreements),
and workplace safety practices (e.g. social distancing, prohibiting in-person meetings).
Social Distancing: also known as “physical distancing,” means keeping space between oneself and
other people outside of one’s home. For purposes of COVID-19, social/physical distancing requires
keeping at least six feet between oneself and others.
Special Duty Pay: additional pay for being on call and performing essential government services
during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Staggered Work Schedule: a voluntary or mandated Alternative Work Schedule, for which employees’
schedules are staggered in order to reduce the number of employees at the worksite at one time. (For
example, half of employees come in from 8 A.M. to 12 P.M., and the other half come in from 1 P.M. to
Telecommuting: a voluntary or mandated Alternative Work Schedule, for which an employee
performs some or all assigned duties at home or from a location other than the normal worksite.
Telecommuting Agreement: an agreement between a Division and an employee, as provided by the
Department of Personnel Management’s Telecommuting Procedures.
Worksite: The physical location at which personnel normally would appear to for work.