New York, March 15, 2020 – The Pension Boards-United Church of Christ today announced the temporary closing of its offices at 475 Riverside Drive, for a period of up to three weeks, due to the varying degrees of severity and complexity of COVID-19 in New York City and surrounding areas.
In announcing the closure, President and CEO Brian R. Bodager said, “Over the past three weeks, our leadership team has taken action to navigate this crisis to avoid disruption to our ministry.” The Pension Boards has rapidly deployed collaboration tools across the organization to provide support and reliable network connectivity to employees’ remote locations, and recently enhanced its business continuity plan to include travel restrictions to reinforce a safe and healthy work environment.
“We have now fully implemented our business continuity plan with a three-pronged approach that protects our people and productivity, ensures we have the technology and tools to support our members’ needs, and enables improved collaboration and communications to support decision-making, including the oversight of your retirement plan, especially within this climate,” added Bodager. “We are confident that our people can now successfully work remotely for the duration and be available to serve members and employers without disruption.”
“The most important thing we can do during the COVID-19 pandemic, is protect our people – employees, members, employers and partners,” said Bodager. “Our leadership team is continuously analyzing the information we gather from health institutions such as the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as local government agencies.”
At this time, no member of the staff is known to have contracted the coronavirus.
Management will continue to closely monitor and assess the situation to determine when it will be appropriate to reopen the offices.