COVID-19: Workplace Concerns
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Some of you have expressed concerns about returning to work on campus. Here is what you should know as it relates to these concerns.
Returning to Campus
At this time, faculty and staff who have not been advised by their supervisor to return to work should plan to continue teleworking until further notice. Only those employees who have been directed by their management to return to work onsite should do so.
Carolina’s Roadmap for Fall 2020 has a wealth of information about the plan to return to campus and is continually updated. You may also review additional information that is specific to faculty and staff at the Return to Carolina Guide.
With health and safety as our first priority, we are developing a set of community standards and policies for our students, faculty, staff and visitors. These include face mask and physical distancing requirements. For more information visit the Carolina Together Community Standards page.
Accommodations and Flexibility
If an employee who is required to work onsite indicates that they have a health condition that heightens their risk of contracting COVID-19, experiencing serious complications, or otherwise impacts their ability to work onsite, you should refer them to the Equal Opportunity and Compliance office (EOC) to request work from home or other alterations to their schedule or work site. More information is available on the EOC COVID-19 Accommodations page.
Employees who do not have a health condition that impacts their ability to safely work onsite but who need flexibility for other reasons related to COVID-19 should contact their Dean, Department Chair, or supervisor to request workplace flexibility. Workplace flexibility may be provided because an employee lives with or cares for an individual who is high risk, has child or eldercare responsibilities, or other concerns. More information is available at hr.unc.edu/covid-training.
This information applies to all employees, including faculty, staff, postdocs, student employees, temporary employees, and Communicable Disease Mandatory Employees.
At this time, faculty and staff who have not been advised by their supervisor to return to work should plan to continue teleworking until further notice. Only those employees who have been directed by their management to return to work onsite should do so. Non-COVID-19 Mandatory Employees should discuss their options for working offsite with their supervisors. Management may also reassign an individual to complete other work assignments that are not a part of their normal duties and responsibilities. If a supervisor is unable to assign work that can be performed remotely, then the employee must use their own accrued leave to remain in a paid status as outlined in the provisions on the COVID-19 Leave Information page.