Employee Benefits and Resources to Help During this Time

March 27, 2020

We continue to hear great stories of how our employees are going above and beyond to take care of their customers and communities. And as Jon Vander Ark mentioned in his video, as you’re taking care of everyone else, we are striving to help take care of you and your families. Your safety and wellbeing remain our top priority, and we’d like to remind you of some of the benefits and resources available to you as a valued employee of Republic Services that might be helpful during this time.

Health Resources

  • UnitedHealthcare (UHC) has made a number of accommodations for members. If you have health insurance through Republic’s UHC plans, please reach out to UHC by visiting their website or by calling the number on the back of your card to learn more. A few examples of the accommodations available include:
    • Virtual doctor visits on the UHC app or at myuhc.com, where you can talk with a doctor online from the safety of your home.
    • Early prescription refills to members in isolation or quarantine.
    • Prior authorizations for elective procedures are being extended for at least 90 days.
  • The ability to enroll in Republic health benefits may be available to you outside the open enrollment period if your family has experienced a loss of health insurance due to a life changing event, including a job loss. To complete an enrollment due to a qualified status change please contact the Benefits Service Center at 1-800-811-0689.
  • For those who have health insurance through another insurance carrier, consider calling the number on the back of your insurance card or visit their website for information on similar resources that may be available to you.

Financial Resources

  • You may be concerned about financial planning for the future. Vanguard, our 401(k) provider, has a lot of important information and webinars available on their website regarding how to handle your investments during this time. You can also sign up to receive messages and updates from Vanguard.

Personal & Family Resources

  • For those who need support through this time, Republic’s Employee Assistance Program through ComPsych is available as a resource to you. You can register online and gain access to a number of support resources from the privacy of your home. Use Organization Web ID “Republic” to register for access.
  • The Perks at Work program is available to all employees and offers savings on many common items from popular retailers you may be ordering from online, including grocery stores, restaurant take-out and delivery services, convenience stores and more.
  • UnitedHealthcare offers an Emotional Health Support Line for all employees – whether you have UHC health insurance or not. Please call 866-342-6892 to speak with someone.

Support through COVID-19

  • Employees who are diagnosed with COVID-19, or have a household member diagnosed with COVID-19 and are under doctor or government-ordered quarantine, are eligible for up to 10 additional days of PTO to take care of themselves and their families. Guidelines are in place to determine eligibility and to help navigate specific situations. Please work with your HR partner if you have questions.

Thank you for your dedication to Republic – today and every day. We recognize that this is a difficult time and are here to support you. If you have any questions about these benefits and resources, or have ideas for additional support that can be helpful to you at this time, please reach out to your HR Partner.