Governor of Pennsylvania Tom Wolf recently approved a waiver classifying battery manufacturer East Penn as a life-sustaining business, which allows it to operate during the current COVID-19 pandemic.
East Penn cautions employees that those not recalled or those who choose to remain laid off will do so indefinitely. Workload will be determined by government mandates, the ability to keep employees safe, and the course of the pandemic.
Laid-off employees will be covered by East Penn healthcare benefits until at least April 30. The company will evaluate extending benefits past that date in late April. The company urges employees to follow the appropriate process to maintain their unemployment compensation.