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One-time paid day off for benefits-eligible employees

Dear colleague,

The tragic events of the past two weeks have taken a toll as we struggle with making sense of anti-Black racism, injustice and violence in our country. With these concerns being some of society’s most profound, we want to emphasize the importance of taking time to heal, reflect upon, and learn from the events of the past weeks and months.

During this period of difficulty, it is particularly important to pause and replenish. To support you in doing so, we are providing a one-time paid day off to university* regular, benefits-eligible faculty and staff, including university employees represented by SEIU, to be taken between now and August 1, 2020. For some, this can be a day of learning more about anti-Black racism. Others may decide to contemplate actions to take to combat racism or engage in a day of healing. I hope all will take the day and find it valuable.

Please discuss your choice of day off with your supervisor to ensure there are no conflicts. In addition, we know some schools and units have already designated a specific day for all of their faculty and staff, and where this is the case, the designated day is considered to be use of this additional paid day off. Axess Timecard will be enabled with a new timecard code, Additional Day Off, for use by all to record this day off. The special code will be available before the end of the next pay period (June 30).

I am deeply grateful for the commitment, dedication and thoughtfulness you have shown through these difficult times, and your continued desire to learn, grow and empower yourselves to change, and change history. Thank you for making Stanford a strong, learning and caring community.

Best regards,

Elizabeth Zacharias
Vice President for University Human Resources

*This does not apply to SLAC employees at this time as benefits are funded and approved by the Department of Energy.

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