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COVID-19 Interim Policies FAQ

Updated 1/4/21

Eligible employees may be entitled to certain COVID-19 related benefits under certain circumstances, and should consult with their HRM to confirm eligibility.

COVID-19 Interim Policies FAQ

Yes, eligible employees may use up to 24 hours for self-care and personal wellness. The use of COVID Flex Hours for non-quarantine or non-illness-related purposes is subject to your manager’s approval, and you should discuss scheduling arrangements with your manager in advance.

This self-care time is not intended as a substitute for using your vacation time, which allows you to take extended breaks from work. Please work with your manager to discuss your individual situation. 

For more information on eligibility and qualifying uses, please see the COVID Flex Hours policy page.

If you are restricted from returning to Stanford due to personal travel and are unable to work from home, you may use COVID Flex Hours, and/or vacation/PTO/floating holiday, or take an unpaid leave of absence. For information about the university’s travel guidance, visit Health Alerts.

If you are required to self-isolate because you are sick or tested positive for COVID-19, you may use COVID Flex Hours and/or your accrued sick leave. Consult with your manager or school/unit HR manager about other available benefits based on your specific circumstance.

If you are not sick, but are required to quarantine due to possible exposure, and cannot perform your work from home, you may be eligible for quarantine pay

If you are required to self-isolate because you are sick or tested positive for COVID-19, you may use COVID Flex Hours and/or your accrued sick leave. Consult with your manager or school/unit HR manager about other available benefits based on your specific circumstance.

If you are restricted from returning to Stanford due to personal travel and are well, but you cannot work from home, you may use COVID Flex Hours and/or vacation/PTO/floating holiday, or take an unpaid leave of absence. For information about the university’s travel guidance, visit Health Alerts.

To support employees during this period of uncertainty, the university has created new interim policies, effective September 1. Employees should consult with their supervisor to discuss options such as flexible work arrangements, COVID Flex Hours, personal leave, Paid Family Leave if eligible, etc. Visit COVID-19 Family Resources for additional resources. 

In addition to university support, state and federal programs provide expanded benefits that may also be of assistance in particular situations related to COVID-19 impacts.

We recognize returning to the workplace may be a concern for some employees. The health and safety of our community is our top priority. In following guidance from Santa Clara County Public Health, the university is implementing new protocols and safety practices to keep our community safe as more people return to the workplace. Because the workplace will look different, to prepare for your return, please talk with your manager to understand the changes that are implemented in your specific building. If afterwards you are still uncomfortable, talk with your manager and/or your school/unit HR manager to understand your options. If you are sick with COVID-19, please stay home and use COVID Flex Hours and/or sick leave.

Contingent employees are eligible for quarantine pay. Casual employees who do not work a regular schedule may receive quarantine pay for work hours scheduled prior to the quarantine period that the casual employee is prevented from working due to quarantine.

Contingent employees are also eligible for COVID Flex Hours. Please see the COVID Flex Hours policy page for more information on eligibility and qualifying uses.