Employees who are at increased risk for complications from COVID-19 due to underlying health conditions are urged to consult their physician about steps they can take to protect their health. These may include requesting a temporary change in job location, hours, assignment or duties, or implementation of additional protective measures to reduce their risk of infection.
All employees not designated essential personnel are expected to continue working remotely. As specified in our email from March 13, non-essential employees who found themselves unable to work from home on March 16 will not be required to use paid time away for that day, but are expected to work with their supervisors to determine ways to begin remote work promptly. If the employee’s work may not be accomplished remotely, they may use personal leave or vacation accruals if they wish to stay out of the workplace entirely.
If an essential employee is at risk for complications from COVID-19 and their physician agrees that increased social distancing in the workplace is prudent but does not feel that full removal from the workplace is needed, the employee should contact the Office of Human Resources to formally request a temporary change. Human Resources will confidentially evaluate the request, explore alternatives, and attempt to appropriately address the employee’s health concerns while maintaining appropriate operations. A doctor’s note may be required.
More information regarding expectations of essential employees can be found in Pay Policies and Work Practices.