Our hearts go out to the individuals, businesses and communities that have been affected by COVID-19. In response to the increasing number of cases and uncertainty domestically and around the world, I want to make you aware of the precautions McGee, Hearne, & Paiz, LLP (MHP), is taking to protect the health and safety of our employees, their families, our clients and our communities while maintaining a consistent level of client service.
Client service and remote work
MHP is making every effort to ensure that this situation will not affect the timeliness or quality of the work we are doing for you.
If you have an appointment at the office, at this time we are open and available to meet with you. If you would rather drop your documents off and don’t have a need to meet with your accountant, please feel free to forego the face to face meeting. We are here to serve you in the capacity that you feel most comfortable.
We are proud to have robust technology in place that enables our employees to efficiently and effectively provide client service remotely if they are unable to report to our offices or your site. We have also established remote working guidelines in each of our lines of business to help ensure we meet deadlines to deliver our work to you.
MHP teams who are working onsite at your office have been advised to consult with you on whether your offices are open or if there are any special guidelines they need to follow. If you are expecting one of our teams or team members and there is a reason why they should not come to your site, please notify your engagement leader.
We will tailor our approach to meet your specific needs, and we will adjust and communicate with you as circumstances change. If you have any questions or concerns about your engagement, please reach out to your engagement leader.
Health and safety
The health and safety of our employees, their families, our clients and our communities is of critical importance to MHP.
We have advised employees who are ill or who have family in their homes who are exhibiting any symptoms of respiratory illness not to report to our offices or any client site. If they feel well enough, they may work remotely. We recognize that if employees are not well, they may also need to take time off to manage their health needs.
We are also following strict quarantine rules in alignment with the most up-to-date CDC guidance for employees who have been (and those who have family members who live in their homes who have been) in contact with someone who has been exposed to or diagnosed with COVID-19 and those who have traveled to China, Italy, Iran, Japan or South Korea.
Flexibility and remote work options are available for employees, including those who are at a higher risk of contracting or suffering complications from COVID-19 and those who are affected by school and childcare center closures.
Finally, we have instituted additional cleaning protocols for our offices to help keep them healthy and safe for our people and our clients.
Travel and meetings
MHP has suspended all international travel and all non-essential domestic travel through March 31, 2020.
We have also asked leaders to evaluate all events and meetings through April 30 and make prudent decisions on whether to hold them or cancel in alignment with our travel guidance and circumstances in our local offices and communities. Additional guidance for travel and meetings will be determined and provided as events warrant.
We are keeping up with the guidance of the World Health Organization, CDC and state and local health authorities related to travel, quarantine, meetings and events, and we are adjusting our guidance accordingly.
MHP values our relationship with you, and we commit to staying connected with you and helping you through this unprecedented situation. If you have any questions, concerns or if there is anything we can do to help you at this time, please let your engagement leader know.
We wish you, your teams and your loved ones all the very best.
Ronald J. Nimmo