Which employees are being asked to work remotely and why?
The governor has directed employees to work remotely where possible to reduce the spread of COVID-19 by minimizing personal contact while maintaining business continuity.
Managers are expected to transition all academic, administrative faculty, and classified staff who have the ability to perform all essential functions of their job remotely to telecommuting.
The Office of Information Technology (OIT) has resources available to assist employees with remote work. This includes access, equipment or other related needs.
What if the employee’s job duties cannot be performed through telecommuting?
Employees whose job duties cannot be performed remotely and whose functions are considered essential for university operations during this time of limited on campus operations are expected to report to campus to perform their duties if they are able to do so.
How long are employees being asked to work remotely?
The circumstances surrounding COVID-19 are changing rapidly. As a result, UNLV cannot provide information on how long employees will be asked to work remotely.
Should supervisors require that an employee who is requesting sick leave provide a health care provider’s note?
While the practice of requiring documentation from a health care provided is generally required by supervisors in some areas, the CDC recommends that supervisors not require employees who are sick to obtain a note from a health care provider to validate their illness at this time because health care provider offices and medical facilities are extremely busy responding to the pandemic.
If a supervisor suspects abuse of sick leave, he or she should contact Employee Relations to discuss what steps, including requesting a note, may be appropriate.
Which employees will be placed on paid administrative leave?
Employees who are unable to perform their duties remotely and whose responsibilities are not designated as critical for campus operations during this time will be placed on administrative leave.
How do employees that have been placed on paid administrative leave report their time?
A unique leave code has been created to report administrative leave associated with the coronavirus pandemic.
Can employees who do not feel safe coming to campus because of COVID-19 stay at home?
Yes. On March 17, the university received a message from the president indicating employees whose work cannot be performed remotely and who are at-risk, as defined by current CDC guidelines, will be placed on temporary paid administrative leave.
This guidance also applies to employees who do not feel safe coming to campus, who cannot do so because of caretaking responsibilities, or whose roles have been temporarily suspended due to current business operations.
Employees and supervisors should discuss and clarify the appropriate leave status.
Should an employee use sick leave/annual leave to care for their child if their child care center or school has been closed?
No. The current direction from the president is that employees whose work cannot be performed remotely and who are at-risk will be placed on temporary paid administrative leave. The same applies to employees who do not feel safe coming to campus, who cannot do so because of caretaking responsibilities, or whose roles have been temporarily suspended due to current business operations.
Will presidential candidates be on campus next week?
The UNLV President search, the Chancellor search, and the UNR President search have all been postponed and will be rescheduled by the Nevada System of Higher Education. When rescheduled, the new dates will be announced to campus.