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COVID-19 Return to Work Agreement

The following summarizes the COVID-19 RETURN TO WORK AGREEMENT WITH DGA, IATSE, SAG-AFTRA AND TEAMSTERS/BASIC CRAFTSprovisions and payment terms. 

The agreement, which took effect September 21, 2020 and extends through April 30, 2021, outlines quarantine, sick pay, and testing requirements for the DGA, IATSE, SAG-AFTRA, and Teamsters/Basic Crafts. 

The GreenSlate application now includes the following day types and payment items, which are accessible in digital timecards.

COVID QUARANTINE 1-5 (DAY TYPE & PAYMENT ITEM)
Article 8 - Payment for Isolation or Self-Quarantine (Other than for an Eligible COVID-19 Event)

To be used when an employee (EE) has been engaged to work and is required to isolate or self-quarantine on days 1-5 of the work week at the request of the Producer and is not otherwise working that day.

All payments based on scale rate for all unions.

IATSE/Teamsters/Basic Crafts (article 8.b.i)

  • Hourly EE’s: Receive a full day’s pay for minimum call 
  • Weekly/on-call EE’s: Receive 1/5 of the weekly rate 
  • EE’s whose fringes are based on hours:  Receive fringes for the full minimum call
  • EE’s whose fringes are based on days: Receive a full day of benefits
  • EE’s working outside the U.S. or Canada: Are free to negotiate terms with the Producer
  • No vacation, holiday or IA training trust fringes apply (scale rates for 839 dailies that include vacation and holiday still apply)
  • Days paid for isolation or self-quarantine do not count toward post 60’s residuals days

DGA (article 8.b.ii)

  • Directors on theatrical motion pictures, pilots, long-form TV and long-form high budget SVOD: Are able to negotiate terms of payment with the Producer
  • Daily Directors: Receive the daily salary rate for the first 5 consecutive days
  • All other Directors: Receive 1/5 of the weekly rate for the first 5 consecutive days
  • UPMs/Assistant Directors/Associate Directors under the Basic Agreement

    • Weekly EE’s: Receive 1/7 of the distant location rate
    • Daily EE’s: Receive 1/4 of the distant location rate

  • Associate Directors/Stage Managers under the FLTTA Agreement

Prime Time Dramatic

    • Weekly EE’s: Receive 1/7 of the distant location rate
    • Daily EE’s: Receive 1/4 of the distant location rate

Other than Prime Time Dramatic

    • Weekly EE’s: Receive 1/5 of the weekly rate
    • Daily EE’s: Receive 8 hours of pay

SAG (article 8.b.iii)

  • All daily and weekly performers: Receive the weekly minimum of Schedule B for each 7 consecutive day period. May be prorated at 1/5 of the weekly rate when the amount of days is less than 7.
  • Background actors: Receive the daily minimum for each of the first 5 days of the work week
  • Payments are subject to P&H
  • Payments are not included in residual calculations 

COVID QUARANTINE 6-7 (DAY TYPE & PAYMENT ITEM)
Article 8 - Payment for Isolation or Self-Quarantine (Other than for an Eligible COVID-19 Event)

To be used when an EE has been engaged to work and is required to isolate or self-quarantine on days 6-7 of the work week at the request of the Producer and is not otherwise working that day.

All payments based on scale rate for all unions.

IATSE/Teamsters/Basic Crafts (article 8.b.i)

  • Hourly and weekly EE’s: Receive 4 hours of pay 
  • On-call EE’s: Receive 1/12 of the weekly rate 
  • EE’s whose fringes are based on hours: Receive fringes for the full minimum call
  • EE’s whose fringes are based on days: Receive a full day of benefits
  • On-call EE’s: Receive 7 hours of benefits on the 6th day and 8 hours of benefits on the 7th day

DGA (article 8.b.ii)

  • Directors on theatrical motion pictures, pilots, long-form TV and long-form high budget SVOD:  Are able to negotiate payment terms with the Producer
  • Daily Directors: Receive the daily salary
  • All other Directors: Do not receive pay for the 6th and 7th consecutive days
  • UPMs/Assistant Directors/Associate Directors under the Basic Agreement 

    • Weekly EE’s: Receive 1/7 of the distant location rate
    • Daily EE’s: Do not receive pay for the 6th and 7th consecutive days
  • Associate Directors/Stage Managers under the FLTTA Agreement 

Prime Time Dramatic

    • Weekly EE’s: Receive 1/7 of the distant location rate
    • Daily EE’s: Receive 1/4 of the distant location rate

Other than Prime Time Dramatic

    • Weekly EE’s: Receive 8 hours of pay
    • Daily EE’s: Do not receive pay for the 6th and 7th consecutive days

SAG (article 8.b.iii)

  • All daily and weekly performers: Receive the weekly minimum for each 7 consecutive day period. May be prorated at 1/5 of the weekly rate when the amount of days is less than 7.
  • Background actors: Do not receive pay for the 6th and 7th consecutive days
  • Payments are subject to P&H
  • Payments are not included in residual calculations 

UNION COVID SICK PAY (DAY TYPE & TIMESHEET ITEM)
Article 7 (d) Temporary COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave 

Used for paid sick leave due to Covid-19. 

  • $750.00 daily max payment for all unions
  • EE’s can only receive a max of 10 Covid sick days paid for a single production
  • Covid sick pay is not due on top of regular salary already paid for the day 

IATSE/Teamsters/Basic Crafts (article 7.d.i)

  • Daily EE’s: Receive pay for minimum call
  • Hourly EE’s with no minimum call: Receive 8 hours of pay
  • Weekly and on-call EE’s: Receive 1/5 of the weekly or on-call rate
  • EE’s working outside the U.S. or Canada: Are free to negotiate terms with the Producer
  • If scale rate is STN: EE’s receive their prorated daily rate
  • No vacation, holiday or IA training trust fringes apply (scale rates for 839 dailies that include vacation and holiday still apply)
  • Payments are subject to P&H
  • Days when payments are received do not count toward post 60’s residuals days

DGA (article 7.d.ii)

  • Directors: Receive 1/5 of the weekly rate
  • Daily Directors: Receive the daily salary
  • UPMs/Assistant Directors/Associate Directors under the Basic Agreement
    • Weekly EE’s: Receive 1/5 of the studio rate
    • Daily EE’s: Receive applicable daily rate
  • Associate Directors/Stage Managers under the FLTTA Agreement 

Prime Time Dramatic

    • Weekly EE’s: Receive 1/5 of the studio rate
    • Daily EE’s: Receive applicable daily rate

Other than Prime Time Dramatic

    • Weekly EE’s: Receive 1/5 of the weekly rate
    • Daily EE’s: Receive 8 hours of pay
    • Daily flat EE’s: Receive 12 hours of pay
  • Payments are subject to P&H 

SAG (article 7.d.iii)    

    • Daily performers: Receive the daily rate
    • 3-day performers: Receive 1/3 of the 3-day rate
    • Weekly performers: Receive 1/5 of the weekly rate
    • Major role performers: Receive contract rate divided by number of days covered by contracted rate
  • Series contract performers
    • Receive episodic rate divided by the number of days scheduled to work on the episode
    • Covid sick pay days plus any actual work days on the episode should equal the total number of scheduled work days for the episode
  • Background performers: Receive the daily rate
  • Voice performers: Receive the session fee
  • Schedule F performers: Only receive payment if the total pay is lower due to a Covid-19 event
  • Payments are subject to P&H
  • Payments are not included in residual calculations 

COVID TESTING STIPEND (OTHER EARNINGS ITEM AND TIMESHEET ITEM)
Article 2.d.i - Compensation for Time Spent Screening

Used for all unions to pay a stipend to EE’s who must leave their home to have a Covid test administered on a day where no work is done for the Producer.

  •  $250.00 flat payment. Payment is not subject to P&H or residuals.

Stipend does not apply to:

  • Employees who are otherwise paid for the day (i.e., travel allowance, travel day, etc.)
  • Directors of theatrical motion pictures
  • Schedule F performers
  • Series contract performers

COVID AT HOME TEST STIPEND (OTHER EARNINGS ITEM AND TIMESHEET ITEM)
Article 2.d.i - Compensation for Time Spent Screening

Used for all unions to pay a stipend to EE’s who have a Covid test administered at their home on a day where no work is done for the Producer. 

  • $20.00 flat payment. Payment is not subject to P&H or residuals.

Stipend does not apply to:

  • Employees who are otherwise paid for the day (i.e., travel allowance, travel day, etc.)
  • Directors of theatrical motion pictures
  • Schedule F performers
  • Series contract performers

COVID TRAINING STIPEND (OTHER EARNINGS ITEM AND TIMESHEET ITEM)
Article 5.b Compensation for Time Spent Training

Used for all unions to pay a stipend to EE’s who attend Covid-19 health and safety protocol training outside of his or her employment. 

  • $20.00 for each hour employee attends training. Payment is not subject to P&H or residuals. 
  • Up to 1 hour of training is not owed to EE’s who have already been paid for receiving a Covid test outside of the home. Any training above 1 hour would still be owed.

Stipend does not apply to:

  • Employees who are otherwise paid for the day (i.e., travel allowance, travel day, etc.)
  • A series performer who takes training within his/her span

SAG BG COVID TEST STIPEND PENSIONABLE (OTHER EARNINGS ITEM AND TIMESHEET ITEM)
Article 2.d.i - Compensation for Time Spent Screening

Used to pay a stipend to SAG background actors who must leave their homes to have a Covid test administered on a day where no work is done for the Producer and are ultimately employed to work on the project. 

  • $100.00 flat payment. Payment is subject to SAG P&H.

SAG BG COVID TEST STIPEND NON-PENSIONABLE (OTHER EARNINGS ITEM AND TIMESHEET ITEM)
Article 2.d.i - Compensation for Time Spent Screening 

Used to pay a stipend to SAG background actors who must leave their homes to have a Covid test administered on a day where no work is done for the Producer and are ultimately NOT employed to work on the project. 

  • $100.00 flat payment. Payment is not subject to SAG P&H.

 If you have any questions, please contact our Labor Relations team at LaborRelations@gslate.com.


This information in this communication is general in nature, and is not intended, nor should it be construed, as legal, accounting, tax or other professional advice rendered by GreenSlate, LLC. The reader should contact his or her attorney, CPA, or tax professional prior to taking any action based upon this information.

GreenSlate
23 October 2020

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