Flexible Scheduling and COVID-19 Paid Leave

The protections of Families First Coronavirus Response Act, including Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act ( EPSLA) and Emergency Family and Medical Leave Act (EFMLA), are ending 12/31/20 with no bills in the pipeline to get an extension passed by Congress or signed by the president before expiration.

We are negotiating for a program for those who need more flexibility in the work schedules in order to care for others while working from home. For example, if you have a school age child, you may want to work from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. to 1:00. p.m., and 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. to be able to monitor and assist with your child’s remote instruction and still work a full 7.5 hour day.

This type of flexibility should be accommodated when possible since many of us have multiple responsibilities. My understanding is that many of us are working more hours because the boundaries are blurred, so it is still important to keep a record.

Since federal protections will expire, we will ask that the COVID Paid Leave program administered by Rutgers be resurrected. If you must quarantine for COVID exposure or must care for yourself or family members because of COVID, there should be no obligation for you to exhaust your paid time off. We will have this discussion with Rutgers leaders and will let you know if we make progress.