Updates for UCLA staff about COVID-19

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8:15 p.m., April 2

UC President Janet Napolitano and all the UC Chancellors announced today that there will be no COVID-19 related layoffs for all career employees through the fiscal year ending on June 30, 2020. The message was an acknowledgement of everyone’s new reality during this unprecedented time:

The novel coronavirus has now affected everyone on the planet in some way, and by all indications, we can expect more disruption in the weeks ahead. We are keenly aware of the health concerns and economic uncertainty weighing on the entire University community. Let us assure you: we are in this together. Our people are the heart of the University of California and allow UC to live up to our aspirations and values. As we face the personal and professional challenges of the day, we are committed to doing all we can to alleviate concerns about income or job stability during this time.

Read the full letter.

6:27 p.m., March 20

Campus human resources has a detailed FAQ page for staff that addresses questions about paid administrative leave, students workers and also available resources. A couple of the questions are below; read the full FAQ for staff about work conditions while campus follows “Safer from Home” directives.

Paid Administrative Leave

If employees cannot come to work for reasons related to COVID-19, what are their options?

As stated in the Executive Order issued by President Napolitano on March 16, 2020, all employees are eligible to receive a one-time allotment of up to 128 hours of paid administrative leave for the following purposes:

  • When an employee is unable to work due to the employee’s own COVID-19-related illness or that of a family member
  • When an employee is unable to work because the employee has been directed not to come to the worksite for COVID-19-related reasons and/or the work site has implemented a COVID-19-related remote-work program or is under a shelter-in-place order and it is not operationally feasible for the employee to work remotely
  • When an employee is unable to work because a COVID-19-related school or daycare closure requires the employee to be at home with a child or dependent, and it is not operationally feasible for the employee to work remotely or in conjunction with the childcare commitment

Please refer to the Executive Order issued by President Napolitano on March 16, 2020, for further guidance on conditions of usage of the paid administrative leave.

Are employees required to show proof that their child’s school/daycare is closed in order to receive paid administrative leave?

No. The school closures are well publicized. Given the emergency situation we are in, we do not want to burden parents with submitting proof that their children’s schools and day care centers are closed. Departments should simply ask employees to provide the name of their child’s school/daycare. If there are questions regarding the legitimacy of an employee’s use of paid administrative leave, please contact your Employee Relations Consultant.

Is the Staff and Faculty Counseling Center going to remain open?

Counselors at the Staff and Faculty Counseling Center are available by phone to provide confidential counseling services. Contact the Center at 310-794-0245.

Read the full FAQ for from campus human resources about COVID-19.