COVID-19 Emergency Paid Leave Policy

Effective January 5, 2022

The COVID-19 Emergency Paid Leave Policy provides all employees (both full-time and part-time) with up to eight (8) days of paid time off in addition to earned paid vacation and sick leave. This policy shall be effective January 5, 2022, through June 30, 2022; however, it may be 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 eight (8) days or 64 hours of Emergency Paid Leave for full time employees. Part time employees will receive pay equal to the hours they were scheduled to work on the days they qualify for Emergency Paid Leave not to exceed 8 days.
  • Absences during the time will not count against the university’s attendance policy.

(Note: A total of eight (8) days or 64 hours 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 eight (8) days, any available vacation, sick or comp time accruals may be used to compensate employees for their additional time off. Additionally, if applicable, FMLA will be coordinated with Emergency Paid Leave.

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, Senior Benefits Specialist, 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 should follow current CDC guidelines regarding isolation and quarantine, which guidelines vary based on vaccine status and symptomatology. Employees who are positive for COVID-19 are not permitted to return to the workplace sooner than authorized by current CDC guidelines.

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.