Emergency Paid Leave Policy

This policy is effective immediately and will be in effect through December 31, 2020, and is intended to fully comply and be construed in accordance with the requirements of the Families First Corona Response Act (“FFCRA”). This time period may be extended if needed.

The Emergency Paid Leave Policy provides qualifying employees with up to two weeks (10 days) of paid time off in addition to earned paid vacation and sick 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 child(ren) 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.

Employees who have a confirmed case of COVID-19

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 use Emergency Paid Leave, enter Emergency Leave on your Leave Report or Timesheet. Please note that the university reserves the right to request reasonable documentation from a health care provider to substantiate the request for Emergency Paid Leave.

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.