COVID-19 Guidance for Academics

 

Guidance for Faculty

Faculty Announcements

Leave Guidance

COVID-19 Information & Resources for Academic Employees & Supervisors

Guidance Documents from UCOP

Communications from the Vice Provost for the Faculty

Special COVID-19 Forms

Summary of COVID-19 Related Paid Leaves

Resources:

Families First Coronavirus Response Act

FFCRA Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSL)

FFCRA Expanded Family & Medical Leave (EFML)

FFCRA Poster

UC Expanded Paid Administrative Leave (EPAL) for Academic Employees

Effective immediately, all academic appointees, policy-covered and represented employees are eligible to receive up to 16 working days or 128 hours (prorated for FTE of less than 100%) of paid administrative leave in order to cope with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Paid Administrative Leave may be taken ONLY when at least one of the following circumstances is met:

  1. When an employee is unable to work due to the employee’s own COVID-19-related illness or that of a family member; or
  2. When an employee is unable to work because the employee has been directed not to come to the worksite for COVID-19-related reasons and/or the worksite has implemented a COVID-19-related remote-work program or is under a shelter in place order and it is not operationally feasible for the employee to work remotely; or
  3. When an employee is unable to work because a COVID-19-related school or daycare closure requires the employee to be at home with a child or dependent, and it is not operationally feasible for the employee to work remotely or in conjunction with the childcare commitment.

Requesting Expanded Paid Administrative Leave (EPAL)

  • Use of Paid Administrative Leave is at the request of the appointee in consultation with the supervisor.

    • For additional information regarding (EPAL), please reference the Academic Employee Leave section from the Payroll Services website.

Additional Details

  • Employees may still use accrued sick, vacation or paid time off in order to address their own illness or the serious medical condition of a family member.

  • The 128-hour allotment may be used consecutively in one block or intermittently.

  • The paid administrative leave may be used prior to usage of accrued leave.

  • The allocation for employees with less than full-time appointments (e.g., student employees) shall be prorated based on appointment percentage.

  • Subject to the University’s ongoing operational needs, the paid administrative leave provided pursuant to the Executive Order must be used during the period from March 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020 for the reasons stated in the covered categories only. All hours must be used by December 31, 2020, or any remaining hours in the allotment expire.

Questions

Please contact Esmeralda Martinez from the Academic Personnel Office: emartinez35@ucmerced.edu for questions regarding: 

  • Request (EPAL) Paid Administrative Leave for Academic Appointees 

  • Request EPSL and EFML

  • Cancel Sabbatical due to COVID-19

  • Request a Stop the Clock due to COVID-19

Guidance for New Hires/Recruitments

Guidance from VPF Re: Current Recruiting Efforts

Campus Resources

Campus Website for Covid-19

Please contact the Academic Personnel Office: academicpersonnel@ucmerced.edu for all other general COVID-19 related questions