Return to onsite work

COVID-19 policy updates

Administrative leave during COVID-19

Two types of administrative leave for COVID-19 related reasons have been authorized for all regular, fixed duration, and project appointment staff positions meeting qualifying criteria.

Continuation of benefits for temp hourly staff during COVID-19

Employees who meet certain requirements can maintain insurance coverage as long as they remain in pay status for at least eight hours in each calendar month.

COVID-19 employment accommodation for high-risk employees

The University is committed to supporting employees who are at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19.

Exemption for temporary hourly staff hours limits during COVID-19 crisis

Temporary hourly staff employees working in critical positions essential to maintain safe hospital and institutional operations during COVID-19 are exempt from maximum hour limits.

I-9 completion requirements change

Due to physical proximity precautions associated with COVID-19, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has relaxed rules regarding the physical presence requirements associated with Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9).

Release time for taking the COVID-19 vaccine

The University strongly encourages all employees to get vaccinated as soon as they are eligible.

Temporary PEBB benefit eligibility for hires related to COVID-19

The resolution as approved allows for UW employees in eligible positions to earn PEBB benefits eligibility the first of the month in which they are hired.

Temporary reassignment during COVID-19

University of Washington regular contract covered, classified non-union, and professional staff may volunteer to be reassigned to a position in the medical centers as an alternative to furlough.

Time off resource summary

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

Vacation hours cap suspended

The University is temporarily suspending the 240-hour vacation accumulation cap and annual forfeiture of vacation time off on an employee’s anniversary date for classified staff under certain conditions.