COVID-19 Self-reporting


Attached is a BNSF Connect article regarding a new COVID-19 Self-reporting tool that launches today and is available via our dedicated COVID-19 webpage on the employee portal, through Workforce Hub and through BNSF Connect

If an employee has been exposed or potentially exposed to COVID-19 they should report the matter immediately to their supervisor and BNSF in order to prevent the spread of the virus and apply for required leave.

This new COVID-19 Self-Reporting Tool is another option for employees to notify us of their conditions; they still have the option of emailing the Leaves team directly at

Let us know if you have any questions.

Andrea Smith
General Director – Transportation
BNSF Railway Labor Relations

[COVID Self Reporting]



What if I need to stay home because I’m sick or I have to take a leave of absence related to COVID-19? Will we be compensated for that time off?

BNSF has relaxed our policies for anyone contracting COVID-19 or directed to quarantine. We will not discipline anyone for following quarantine guidelines. We can do this because we’re confident that our teams know the importance of doing our jobs to fulfill our critical role in the supply chain.



Information may be out of date. Please watch general notices for more information.

As information, Amtrak is requiring all riders to wear face masks as of May 11.  I hadn’t seen anything out on this, and may have missed it.  Wanted to update the team in case there are any questions.

RRB Pays Extended Unemployment Benefits

RRB Pays Extended Unemployment Benefits under CARES Act

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act, recently signed into law by President Trump, authorized extended unemployment insurance (UI) benefits for railroad workers sidelined during the COVID-19 pandemic.After making necessary programming changes to agency systems, the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) began processing and paying extended benefits on May 11.

The CARES Act authorized payment of extended UI benefits to rail workers who received UI benefits from July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2020. Under the legislation, railroad workers with less than 10 years of service may be eligible for up to 65 days of extended benefits within 7 consecutive 2-week registration periods. Workers with 10 or more years of railroad service, who were previously eligible for up to 65 days in extended benefits, may now receive benefits for up to 130 days within 13 consecutive 2-week registration periods. No extended benefit period under this provision can begin after December 31, 2020.
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