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MAY

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We thought this day would never come.  The Chip Building has been torn down!  We had to wait for everything to be inspected, cleared, and authorized for the tear down.  Now we are working with a builder to draw up plans for a new building.  Unfortunately things don't move as fast as we would like but we are hopeful we can have our Chip department up and running in early 2023.

EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH

Starting June 1st, La Tapatia will be honoring an employee of the month. This honor will be given to an employee who has demonstrated the trait of going "above and beyond" in his/her role within our company.  More info about this coming soon.  

OUR TORTILLAS IN ACTION!

Do you ever see something you've made or accomplished and think "I did that"??? Well, that's how we feel about our tortillas!  We want to take a moment to say bravo to all of you for making it happen! Every department in La Tapatia plays a vital role in getting our tortillas into the hands of customers.  We are proud of how important our product is to so many families.  Our tortillas are nutritious, delicious, and affordable; many people rely on us to make these tortillas every day.  We provide to grocery stores, restaurants, schools, and prisons as well as distributors who send it out to their customers.  Take a look at some of the stores we are in.

MARCH

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Updated Mask Policy

What has changed?

Effective March 1, 2022 La Tapatia employees are no longer required to wear a mask.  This applies to ALL employees regardless of vaccination status.

 

What has stayed the same?

For Food Safety purposes, masks ARE REQUIRED in all production areas.

Save the Tortilla!

Reducing waste is a team effort.  Don't let your hard work go to waste.  When a tortilla ends up in the waste bin, it's a loss in ingredients, materials, labor, and sales.  A little bit adds up quickly and can do major damage to the company.  If we all do our part, we can minimize waste and maximize our success.  Here are some things you can do to help "save the tortillas!"

According to the USDA, 30% to 40% of all food produced, packaged, and prepared goes directly to waste.

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Speak up when you see waste happening.  Share your ideas about how you can prevent it from occuring.

In the Flour Department, aim to maximize the "white bin" every day.  This product will be made into new product for discount sale in our Retail Outlet.

In the Corn Department, be mindful of product stacking up on the counter stacker.  Instead of throwing it into the waste bin, it can be packed in a box and sold as "less than perfect" product.

Be aware of what causes waste and do your part to eliminate it.

MARCH SAFETY TRAINING

FEBRUARY

Thank You!

La Tapatia wants to thank all of you for the effort you've made to keep our workplace healthy!  By following Covid guidelines and adapting to all the changes, we have been able to continue making the best tortillas and chips around.  Keep up the great work!

important reminder

Stay home if you're sick!

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benefits enrollment

Open Enrollment period for benefits takes place during August each year.  This is the time that employees can renew, update, or sign up for health insurance benefits.  La Tapatia offers medical, vision, and dental insurance.

 

If you're a new employee, we have great news for you.  New employees are eligible to add medical, dental and vision insurance at 90 days.

 

HR will contact employees once they reach 60 days to share the insurance enrollment materials and a video explaining the coverage in more detail.  If an employee elects coverage their coverage will begin on the 90th day of employment.

FLU SEASON & VIRUSES

Although Covid-19 is a very big concern, we want to take a moment to remind you that we are officially in FLU SEASON.  That means that you may become ill with something OTHER than Covid.  The flu virus, as well as other common viruses, can be very contagious as well.  If you begin to feel ill, it is best to stay home so that you can rest and get better.  It will also avoid passing a virus to your coworkers.  Do not hesitate to contact your Supervisor or HR if you are unsure about what to do.

VACCINE INFORMATION

If you are interested in getting the Covid-19 Vaccine, you're in luck!  Vaccines are available in many convenient locations at no cost to you.  All adults are eligible and kids over the age of 12 are also now able to receive the vaccine.  For more information click the link below.

WHAT RULES APPLY TO ME???

"Do I need a mask? Do I need to practice social distancing? How do I know if I've been exposed?? Agh! I'm so confused."

 

If you've been feeling the confusion above, we are here to set the record straight.  Rules have changed, guidelines are sometimes hard to understand.  Lucky for you, we can clarify some of the most common questions you may have at this time.  Read on to find out what rules apply to you in OUR workplace. 

Fully Vaccinated Individuals

You are considered "Fully Vaccinated" 14 days AFTER you receive your second dose in a two dose vaccine OR 14 days after a single-dose vaccine.  Be sure to show HR your vaccine card.

Vaccines are now available for everyone ages 5 and older.  Booster shots for vaccinated people are also available now.

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What Can I Do to Protect Myself?

It doesn't matter if you're at work, at home, or out on the town.  There are some basic things you can do to try and reduce your risk of contracting viruses, including Covid-19.

1.  Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

2.  Avoid touching your face, nose, eyes, and mouth.

3.  Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds with soap and water.

4.  Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

5.  Avoid touching frequently touched surfaces such as door handles, handrails, etc. in public places.

6.  Disinfect your home and your workspace.  Focus on areas such as tables, doorknobs, light switches, toilets, faucets, sinks, and even cell phones.

7.  Avoid crowds whenever possible.  Keep your distance from others.

8.  Avoid non-essential travel, including planes and cruises.

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I've Been Exposed to Covid...Now What?

If you believe you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for Covid-19, these are the guidelines you should follow:

What is exposed?  You are considered "exposed" if you've been within 6 feet of someone who tested positive for Covid for more than 15 minutes, with OR without a mask.

I was exposed but I'm fully vaccinated.

~You do not need to quarantine.  You can come to work like normal.

~You should monitor yourself for symptoms.

~If you begin to feel symptoms, do not come to work & contact HR for further guidance.

I was exposed & I'm NOT Vaccinated.

~You will need to quarantine.  Do not come to work.  Contact HR for further details.

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Return to Work

If you have had to miss work due to illness, the following are the best practices for when you are able to safely return to work.

I tested Positive for Covid and have symptoms:

~You may return to work after

No fever for 24 hrs without the use of medication AND after 5 days have passed since your first symptom.

I tested Positive for Covid but I have no symptoms:

~You may return to work after at least 5 days have passed since the date of your first positive test.

I feel sick but don't want to be tested for Covid:

~You may return to work after

No fever for 24 hrs without the use of medication AND after 10 days have passed since your first symptom.

I'm sick with something other than Covid:

~You may return to work when your symptoms are improving AND you have had no fever for 24 hrs without medication.

~You cannot return if you have any highly contagious symptoms such as sneezing, coughing, and diarrhea.

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