Covid 19 Update for Employee

 

FAQ's (Last Updated April 6, 2020)

Administrative leave due to COVID-19 will be extended through Friday, April 10, 2020.

Below is more detailed information for impacted employees. This applies to AFSCME, SCUPA, SPFPA, POA, SEIU 668, OPEIU, and non-represented employees.

Employees Who Are Not Working on Campus or Not Working Remotely/Telecommuting

Administrative leave due to COVID-19 will be extended through Friday, April 10, 2020. Beginning on April 11, 2020, employees who are not working or not working remotely/telecommuting will be required to use their own leave in accordance with direction from the Governor’s Office of Administration.

The University is committed to supporting employees who are impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, while continuing to support the operational needs of campus. Therefore, those employees who are not working on campus or who are unable to work remotely/telecommute, may request to use any of the paid or unpaid leave types listed below for which they are eligible and with supervisory approval, if needed:

  • Accrued and anticipated annual leave
  • Compensatory leave
  • Holiday leave earned from working on a holiday
  • Accrued and anticipated sick leave
  • Accrued and anticipated personal leave
  • Approved leave without pay with benefits

Due to the COVID-19 emergency, State System leave policies prohibiting employees from using paid leave during their first thirty (30) calendar days of employment and prohibiting employees with less than one (1) year of service from using anticipated leave are BOTH SUSPENDED temporarily for those employees who are not working or who are unable to work/remotely/telecommute.

For those employees who have carryover leave that was set to expire on April 10, 2020, that leave would ordinarily either convert to sick leave or be forfeited. The State System will be removing the requirement to use excess carryover leave during this state of emergency. Employees will not lose this excess leave and will not have it converted to sick leave at this time. Once the state of emergency is over, the State System will reinstate the policy with at least 60-days notice.

If you choose not to use, or are not eligible for, any paid leave benefits, you may be eligible for unemployment compensation benefits. For additional information, please refer to: https://www.uc.pa.gov/COVID-19/Pages/UC-COVID19-FAQs.aspx or contact uchelp@pa.gov.


Employees Who Are Working on Campus or Working Remotely/Telecommuting

For employees who are currently working on campus or working remotely/telecommuting, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) provides up to 10 days of paid sick leave and up to 10 work weeks of paid and 2 work weeks of unpaid expanded family and medical leave for eligible employees based on the type of qualifying event. This additional leave may be at a reduced rate of pay. These provisions will apply from April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020. Employees who are not working or who are unable to work remotely/telecommute are not eligible for the FFCRA leave described below.

More information about the FFCRA is available at the following link: http://www.passhe.edu/inside/HR/syshr/Documents/FFCRA_Poster.pdf

Employee FAQs with respect to the FFCRA are available here: http://www.passhe.edu/inside/HR/syshr/Pages/COVID_FAQ.aspx 

 

FAQs for Employees Who Are Not Working on Campus or Not Working Remotely/Telecommuting