Return to on-site work

Time off resource summary

This page was updated January 19, 2022.

UW employees must stay home if they are sick in order to protect themselves, their coworkers, and the broader community. See COVID-19 Public Health Requirements and Guidance. UW Medicine medical facility personnel follow UW Medicine protocols.

This page summarizes time off options that may be available to employees for COVID-19 related reasons. Eligibility varies, so please consult your leave specialist with questions. During the COVID-19 emergency, contract covered, classified non-union, and professional staff may choose to use unpaid time off prior to exhausting their paid time off. Unpaid time off must be approved by the employee’s manager. Employees well enough to work and eligible to telework may do so according to their telework agreement, or with management approval

Scenario Sick time off (or NWH Carryover) Other paid time off Shared leave may be available No Loss of Pay Leave COVID-19 vaccine release time
EH&S/Employee Health has confirmed potential workplace exposure to COVID-19: Employee is sick and waiting for test results or has tested positive for COVID-19.
Exposure to COVID-19 outside of work: Employee is self-isolating or has tested positive for COVID.
Employee has no known exposure to COVID-19 but is sick with COVID-19 symptoms.
Employee is caring for a family member who meets criteria for required isolation or quarantine or who tested positive for COVID-19.
Employee is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms but is not eligible for testing or tested negative for COVID-19.
Employee is worried about coming to work.
Employee has an underlying health condition, is pregnant, is at increased risk for severe illness, or is over 65.
Only 8 hours to maintain benefits if other paid time off is exhausted.
Employee is absent due to closure of their child’s school, camp, facility and/or unexpected absence of a care provider due to COVID-19.
Up to 3 days of each of their paid time off balances and 1 day of PH.
Employee is experiencing side effects from the COVID-19 vaccine or needs time off to assist a family member to get their vaccine.
Employee has been unable to get a COVID-19 vaccine booster appointment outside of work hours.
Release time may include amount of time to travel