1. Employees performing essential functions on campus are expected to continue to report to work, if the employee is not on approved leave.
2. As of December 31, 2020, Families First Coronavirus Response Act, or FFCRA, expired. Eligible employees are encouraged to utilize accrued leave for any pandemic-related challenges. Supervisors and unit leaders are encouraged to be as flexible as possible when employees may need time away from work.
3. If an employee requests to take sick leave, FMLA leave or other leave for a serious COVID-19-related health reason, you should direct that employee to the department HCS liaison.
4. Supervisors may not require an employee to report to work when that employee is eligible to and elects to take leave under the federal leave laws, regardless of the extent of the employee’s job duties, lack of coverage, or other business reasons. Likewise, supervisors shall not interfere, discourage or otherwise try to influence whether an employee elects to take the leave or for how long. Retaliation of any kind for an employee electing to take the leave is strictly prohibited.
5. Supervisors shall not require the employees on leave to find coverage for a work shift that they will miss.
6. Supervisors should direct the employee to the department HCS liaison if the employee has questions about whether an employee qualifies for leave.
7. Employees are to provide notice of the need for leave as soon as practicable to the extent the need for leave is foreseeable.
8. If the employee is asking for changes or modifications to the workplace related to a medical condition or disability, the supervisor may contact the University’s ADA coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
9. Supervisors may inform employees that Lafene Health Center is a resource they may utilize.
10. If employees express concern about safety or other conditions of their workplace that the supervisor cannot efficiently or effectively resolve, the supervisor or the employee may contact Employee Relations, Human Capital Services.
11. If an employee requests resource information on COVID-19 generally, on health impacts, or about social distancing and other personal risk reduction strategies, supervisors may provide the employee with guidance from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Kansas Department for Health and Environment and Lafene Health Center.