Preparing to Return

UPDATE TO WORK EXPECTATIONS

Created January 22, 2021

University officials recognize the need to continuously monitor and support the safety and welfare for employees during this uncertain time; therefore, efforts remain constant in providing the most recent federal, state and local data and guidance related to COVID-19. Below are updated work expectations for University employees.

 

Paid Leave Provisions

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requiring certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19 expired December 31, 2020. These provisions were applicable for Mississippi Valley State University April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020. Given that the FFCRA has expired, University employees must follow the University’s existing Leave Policies and Procedures along with utilizing the standard leave request form for absences related to COVID-19, effective January 1, 2021.  Any further details regarding FFCRA provisions will be provided via email. Employees may also visit the Wage and Hour Division’s FFCRA Questions and Answers page to learn more about workers’ and employers’ rights and responsibilities after the December 31, 2020 date.

Telecommuting (Remote Work) Provisions

Employees may request telecommuting provisions for qualified medical reasons covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). If telecommuting poses undue hardship to the University and its operations, other reasonable accommodations may be sought. The employee will be asked to complete required forms documenting the nature and severity of the condition including specific limitations which affects the employee’s ability to perform specific job functions at their primary work site (MVSU campus). Please note that the risk of contracting COVID-19 may not qualify an employee receiving workplace accommodations under ADA solely based on having underlying conditions. For more information regarding accommodations, contact the Office of Human Resources or visit https://www.eeoc.gov/wysk/what-you-should-know-about-covid-19-and-ada-rehabilitation-act-and-other-eeo-laws.

 

Contents on this page and other available resources are ongoing and subject to change based on Institutional needs, developing regulations from the Department of Labor, Centers for Disease Control and other legal authorities.  Employees should keep abreast of updates pertaining employment on a regular basis.   Questions regarding most recent updates may be obtained through the Office of Human Resources.

 

FORMS AND PROCESSES (click links below)

Faculty Telecommute Agreement Form

Staff Telecommute Agreement Form

Temporary Telecommute (remote work) Guidelines

Disability Accommodation Request Form

Accommodation Questionnaire