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Message from EVP Howarth - Human Resources Update
- Susan Howarth
- Thursday, May 14th, 2020
Dear Faculty and Staff,
Thank you for your terrific work and adaptability during the past several months. In a previous communication, we informed employees that they would be in active pay status through May 15, 2020. This message is intended to provide additional guidance for the remainder of the current fiscal year.
- Telecommuting: Employees should remain in remote working arrangements, unless instructed to do otherwise to support operational needs. We understand the complexity childcare presents during this time, due to camp cancellations and facility closures, and will continue to work through this together. Unit leaders should work with employees to ensure they have meaningful work that best supports our students and advances our institution. Your direct supervisor will provide additional guidance as the summer progresses and we approach the fall.
- Pay: Employees will remain fully paid through June 30, 2020. The assumption is that employees are either working remotely or as otherwise directed.
- Sick leave: Employees should use sick leave as usual when sick or caring for a sick family member as defined in university medical leave policy. Employees who are unable to work because of the reasons noted below are NOT required to use accumulated sick leave:
- -have tested positive for COVID-19;
- -subject to a federal, state, or local quarantine or isolation order related to COVID-19;
- -advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine due to COVID-19 illness or exposure;
- -experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and seeking a medical diagnosis;
- -caring for an individual subject to an isolation order or self-quarantine
- Time off: The summer work schedule begins on Monday, May 18, 2020. Additionally, vacation leave should be used when employees are not engaged in work activities or do not meet the paid leave criteria described above related to COVID-19. Employees are encouraged to take accumulated vacation leave in order to decompress, promote mental health and recreate in a safe manner.
As the local, state, and national picture around the COVID-19 pandemic continues to change, we must remain creative, nimble, and flexible in how we complete our work while supporting one another.
I want to express my appreciation for the tremendous efforts our faculty and staff have exerted to provide meaningful educational experiences for our students during this unusual time. The Restart WKU communities continue their work as we consider how we will operate in the fall. Please continue to follow public COVID-19 health guidelines and state mandates.
Thank you for your continued dedication to your work, your unit and to WKU. Questions regarding pay and leave usage may be addressed to Human Resources as needed.