On August 5, 2009, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new guidelines about the best ways to prevent spreading the H1N1 flu. Based on that information, the University has developed recommendations for when faculty or staff should stay home from work.
When the employee is unable to work because of illness, he or she should contact the supervisor at the earliest practical time in accordance with departmental procedures, and the Leave Request Form must be submitted promptly upon return. A medical absence of more than three working days requires either a written statement from the employee’s health care provider indicating the cause or nature of the illness, or some other acceptable written statement of the facts from the employee concerning the illness. (Leaves of Absence Policy, C-1)
Current guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state employees should stay home until they are free of fever for at least 24 hours.
Any reference to “employee” throughout this section pertains to benefits-eligible employees only, as non-benefits eligible employees are not eligible for emergency leave.
The employee MAY NOT bring his/her child to work and will be granted emergency leave upon receipt of documentation from the school official that the child/ren attend the school and the school has closed. The documentation should be attached to the Leave Request Form.
The employee will be granted emergency leave under the same rules that apply to school closure.
The employee will not be granted emergency leave. The employee will be required to use vacation or unpaid leave.
The employee will not be granted emergency leave and will be required to use sick leave as with any other doctor’s visit.
The employee will not be granted emergency leave. If the employee chooses not to report to work, the employee may use vacation, with supervisor approval. If the employee has not accrued vacation, the leave will be unpaid.
We understand that as a result of ongoing developments, individual experiences may vary and the above guidelines may not address each employee’s circumstances. Managers and supervisors are encouraged to contact Human Resources at (361) 570-4801 to identify solutions to unique situations that are not covered in the above information. Human Resources Director and Cabinet Level Supervisor will make final determination based upon department input and policy.