Important COVID-19 Information

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Employee Leave Policies (June 2020 update)

Summary: In accordance with CDC guidelines, Doane University has modified its paid leave policies to encourage employees to use their paid leave benefits to stay healthy or recover from the COVID-19. This new policy is effective immediately and will be reviewed at a later date for potential modification or discontinuation.

Covid-19 Leave Policies for Staff

Employees with COVID-19 or symptoms:

  • Employees are encouraged to stay home if they have symptoms– fever, cough, shortness of breath. Please see the CDC guidelines.
  • Employees should contact their immediate supervisor to let them know they are unable to come to work, as soon as reasonably possible.
  • Employees must also report to Human Resources if they are diagnosed with COVID-19 or have symptoms. Please report to HR by emailing kelli.schweitzer@doane.edu or by phone 402-826-8573. Please do not report in person.
  • Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) will be offered for employees who qualify. See additional information on FMLA.
  • A Physician note is not required.
  • Paid Leave - Staff will use earned and accrued paid sick leave. If an employee does not have enough sick leave to cover their absence, they should contact HR at  human.resources@doane.edu so additional paid leave can be coordinated. Additionally, those with COVID-19 will typically recover within 14 days. If an employee is unable to return to work after 14 days because they are still displaying symptoms, they must contact HR to coordinate additional time off.
  • Staff will not be required to use vacation leave.
  • Staff who are able to work remotely (from home) may do so, if they choose and will not need to use sick leave for hours worked.

Members in the employee’s household with COVID-19 or symptoms:

  • Employees should contact their immediate supervisor to let them know they are unable to come to work, as soon as reasonably possible.
  • Employees must also report to Human Resources if a member of their household is diagnosed with COVID-19 or has symptoms. Please report to HR by emailing anne.ziola@doane.edu or by phone 402-826-6795. Please do not report in person.
  • A Physician note is not required.
  • Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) will be offered for employees who qualify. See additional information on FMLA.
  • Paid Leave - Staff will use earned and accrued paid sick leave. If an employee does not have enough sick leave to cover their absence, they should contact HR at human.resources@doane.edu so additional paid leave can be coordinated. Additionally, those with COVID-19 will typically recover within 14 days. If an employee is unable to return to work after 14 days because the member of their household is still displaying symptoms, they must contact HR to coordinate additional time off.
  • Staff will not be required to use vacation leave.
  • Staff who are able to work remotely (from home) may do so if they choose and will not need to use sick leave for hours worked.
  • Staff who are exposed to someone with COVID-19 should self-quarantine. See more information below regarding “Quarantined Employees/Household Members.”

Quarantined Employees/Household Members:

  • Employees who are exposed to someone with COVID-19 should self-quarantine for a period of 14 days from the last date of exposure, according to the CDC.
  • Employees who are able to work remotely (from home) should do so.
  • If employees are unable to work remotely, due to the nature of their job, then they will use paid sick leave. If an employee does not have enough sick leave to cover their absence, they should contact HR at human.resources@doane.edu so additional paid leave can be coordinated. Additionally, those with COVID-19 will typically recover within 14 days. If an employee is unable to return to work after 14 days due to ongoing symptoms, they must contact HR to coordinate additional time off.
  • Staff will not be required to use vacation leave.