The COVID-19 Emergency Paid Leave Policy provides all employees (both full-time and part-time) with up to two weeks (10 days) of paid time off in addition to earned paid vacation and sick leave. The policy was originally established to comply with the requirements of the Families First Corona Response Act (“FFCRA”), which expires December 31, 2020. The university, however, has chosen to extend this policy through June 30, 2021. Such time period may be further extended if deemed necessary by the president in consultation with the Board of Governors.
Eligibility to utilize Emergency Paid Leave
Employees who are unable to work from home and meet the following criteria will qualify for Emergency Paid Leave:
- Employees who are required or advised to quarantine or placed on home restrictions by order of a government agency, the university, or a health care provider, as a result of COVID‑19.
- Employees who have a confirmed case of COVID‑19.
- Employees who are experiencing COVID‑19 symptoms (e.g., fever of 100.4°F or higher, cough, shortness of breath, etc.) and are seeking a medical diagnosis.
- Employees who are caring for a household or family member who is required or advised to quarantine or placed on home restrictions by order of a government agency, the university, or a health care provider, as a result of COVID‑19.
- Employees who are caring for their minor child(ren) (i.e., under the age of 18) as a result of school and or place of care closures (including the unavailability of a child care provider) as a result of COVID‑19.
These employees will receive the following benefits:
- Receive up to two weeks (10 days) of Emergency Paid Leave.
- Absences during the time will not count against the university’s attendance policy.
(Note: A total of two weeks (10 days) is the maximum amount of Emergency Paid Leave that an employee may receive under this policy.)
Employees who have COVID‑19 absences in excess of approved Emergency Paid Leave
If employees are not able to return to work after two weeks, any available vacation, sick or comp time accruals may be used to compensate employees for their additional time off.
How to request Emergency Paid Leave
To request Emergency Paid Leave, an employee must complete a Request for Emergency Paid Leave form, and submit it to Denise Lofton, Interim Assistant Director of Benefits, at DLofton@MissouriState.edu. Please note that the university reserves the right to require the submission of reasonable documentation (e.g., from a health care provider, health department, school, etc.) to substantiate the request for Emergency Paid Leave. If approved, Emergency Leave must be entered on your Leave Report or Timesheet.
Requirements to return to work
If you have a confirmed case of COVID‑19, you must provide a work release from your health care provider before returning to work. The university will keep all coworker health information confidential.
If a health care provider confirms you do not have COVID‑19, and you have recovered from your illness, please return to work as you would normally from a common illness like a cold or flu.
If you contract COVID‑19 and suffer from any complications that impact you upon your return to work, please contact the Deputy Compliance Officer, at 417-836-6755, to explore whether reasonable accommodations can be made to assist you while you recover.