Sick Leave Q&A

Sick leave and flexible work options

Last updated April 3 at 9:40am. 

Current circumstances, and the COVID-19 pandemic, have created working conditions that are new to everyone in the nation. There are variables that are difficult to account for. The routines and cadence of our lives have been disrupted in many ways. That is why CMU is working quickly to communicate and implement new benefits and allowances provided under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). This legislation was signed into law March 18, 2020 and increases funding for food assistance, Medicaid, unemployment assistance, and testing for COVID-19. The law also requires Colorado to provide eligible employees with job-protected, paid leave under the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act for specific reasons related to COVID-19. It is effective April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.

As you review the benefits of the FFCRA, we ask that you each work with your supervisor to use flexible work schedules and place to accommodate both your work needs and your family needs.  We understand many of you have children at home, and that we need to find creative ways for you to both support our university students and your own children.

Generally, the Act must provide to all CMU faculty, administrative staff and classified staff, including adjunct and part-time employees (this does not apply to student employees):

  • Two weeks (up to 80 hours) of paid sick leave at the employee’s regular rate of pay where the employee is unable to work because the employee is quarantined (pursuant to Federal, State, or local government order or advice of a health care provider), and/or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and seeking a medical diagnosis; or
  • Two weeks (up to 80 hours) of paid sick leave at two-thirds the employee’s regular rate of pay because the employee is unable to work because of a bona fide need to care for an individual subject to quarantine (pursuant to Federal, State, or local government order or advice of a health care provider), or care for a child (under 18 years of age) whose school or child care provider is closed or unavailable for reasons related to COVID-19, and/or the employee is experiencing a substantially similar condition as specified by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, in consultation with the Secretaries of the Treasury and Labor.

CMU employees should keep in mind that Little Mavs is still open and has availability for childcare, Monday through Friday, 6:45 am to 5:30 pm, and will consider extended hour care based on demand.

 

A covered employer must provide to all CMU faculty, administrative staff and classified staff, including adjunct and part-time employees, who have been employed for at least 30 days:

  • Up to an additional 10 weeks of paid expanded family and medical leave at two-thirds the employee’s regular rate of pay where an employee is unable to work due to a bona fide need for leave to care for a child whose school or child care provider is closed or unavailable for reasons related to COVID-19.