COVID-19 Paid Administrative Leave

3/19/20; 5:22 PM


Yesterday, updates were posted to the App State Coronavirus Information website, including news that UNC System Interim President Roper has authorized paid administrative leave for university employees, including temporary and student employees, for certain COVID-19-related absences, effective from March 16 through March 31. This is very welcome news and we are grateful for the authority to provide some support to impacted App State employees.

Under this authorization, regular, temporary and student employees are eligible to receive paid administrative leave under any of the following conditions:

  1. They are not directed to report to work on campus, they cannot telework because their job duties cannot be performed remotely, and there is no reasonable alternate telework available.
  2. They cannot work because they have childcare or eldercare needs due to COVID-19-related school, childcare, eldercare or other facility closures.
  3. They are sick specifically with symptoms of a cold, flu or COVID-19, or are caring for someone with these specific symptoms.

Regular university employees paid on a monthly payroll who miss work time for any of these reasons, between March 16 and March 31, will code the missed time as "Emergency Leave" using their regular payroll time/leave reporting processes.

Student employees and non-student temporary employees who meet any of the criteria will be paid administrative leave based on their average hours worked per week during the month of February 2020. The Office of Human Resources and the University Payroll Department are developing procedures for this and will communicate updates as quickly as we are able.

Note to managers:  When determining adjustments to departmental staffing levels due to reductions in campus activity, please remember to give special consideration to employees who are determined to be at high risk for COVID-19 infection and those who are caregivers for someone who is at high risk (See this page for guidelines).

See the Office of Human Resources COVID-19 Resources website for additional information. You can also submit any questions you may have using the online form on the site.

As always, please continue to watch for additional updates and stay safe.