Updated employee working conditions

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Shane Turner, Chief Human Resources Oficer

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020 - 3:31pm

Good afternoon,

Yesterday, I sent a message to all managers with guidance about maintaining essential operations while doing what we can to support the safety of our students, employees, and community. That guidance included the request for employees to work remotely if they can, and while we commonly think of telecommuting as computer based, remote work can take many forms and can be very manual. Your supervisor will work with you to determine what work can be done from home. It is possible that your work isn't suited for remote work.

Your supervisor was also advised to consider what minimum staffing levels are needed to maintain essential services. It may be that they advise you to go home and request that you check in at regular intervals to see if conditions have changed and whether there is any work to be completed from home.

It may also be the case that your work has been deemed essential at this time and cannot be performed remotely. This is work that is critical to our continued functioning and to implementing campus plans to move the beginning of spring term online. If you have an underlying health condition that puts you at a heightened risk, please contact Heidi Morales for potential accommodations. If you are the caretaker for someone who is at higher risk, please contact Heidi to discuss available protected leave programs such as FMLA/OFLA.

If you are deemed to be performing essential duties but do not feel comfortable coming to work, you may use accrued leave to the extent that you have it available and LOA should your leave become exhausted.

If you are impacted because of the closure of schools or childcare, you may also use available accrued leave options.

I also want to take this opportunity to remind you that you have access to an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provided by Reliant Behavioral Health(RBH). The EAP provides employees and their eligible dependents with up to six (6) free confidential counseling visits per plan year.

In addition to counseling services, RBH also provides the following services that may be relevant to your current situation: Childcare referral services, eldercare referral services, financial services, and legal and mediation services.

Access information is not disclosed on this website. Employees should check their email for login information, an access code, and a phone number.

Thank you for your continued flexibility in the face of constantly changing circumstances. Please contact me with any questions you may have.