Working during COVID-19

Continuation of benefits for temp hourly staff during COVID-19

Updated May 18, 2020

Employees who have established eligibility and currently receive Public Employee Benefits Board (PEBB) insurance coverage can maintain insurance coverage as long as they remain in pay status for at least eight hours in each calendar month. Eight hours can be a combination of paid time off or work hours.

Effective March 1, 2020 until the expiration of Governor Inslee’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy proclamation 20-25, employees in a temporary hourly staff job profile or the professional staff term-limited (11850) job profile who are already receiving PEBB benefits are allowed to use their own accrued sick time off to maintain benefits when the employee:

  • Has not yet reported eight hours of work or sick time off in a calendar month.
  • Has not yet been separated from the University.
  • Is not scheduled to work a total of 8 hours or more in the calendar month.

If you are at risk of not working the 8 hours required to maintain benefits, please contact:

Temporary hourly staff employees who are already PEBB benefits eligible and who are at high-risk for illness due to exposure to COVID-19, may use their own paid time off to maintain benefits. Employees who have exhausted their own paid time off and have not met minimum healthcare benefits eligibility requirements should work with their department’s HR Consultant to approve No Loss of Pay.

For more information, visit the UWHR webpage on COVID-19 employment accommodation for high-risk employees.

Note: The provisions of this policy will not be applied automatically, action by you and your department is required. Hours must be worked or sick time off applied by the last day of the month. If you have any questions about the entry in Workday, contact the ISC at ischelp@uw.edu.