Working during COVID-19

Time away from work

Expanded Family & Medical Leave Act

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) expands the existing federal Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to cover child care responsibilities.

Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) establishes Emergency Paid Sick Time Off for employees who are unable to work or telework due to qualifying COVID-19 related reasons for absences between April 1, 2020, and December 31, 2020.

Shared Leave Program expanded to cover COVID-19

Learn how the state of Washington’s Shared Leave Program has been expanded to cover COVID-19 related absences.

Support for staff on furloughs

Information to support staff whose position has been placed on a furlough as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 emergency.

Unemployment benefits

Individuals who meet eligibility criteria and who are laid off from the UW may be eligible for unemployment benefits.

Time off resource summary

This page summarizes the time off options for various scenarios related to COVID-19.