VP of Human Resources McQuade: COVID-19 related policies update

Author: John Slott

Dear Colleagues, 

I hope you all had a restful break. It was well deserved. It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost a year since the coronavirus pandemic started and our world changed in so many ways. I’m proud of what this University has accomplished so far thanks to your tireless work and dedication. For the next few months, our highest priority will continue to be safeguarding the health of the members of the Notre Dame community and its neighbors while continuing our central work of education and research. 

As you know, COVID-19 and Child/Elder Care Leave Days expired on December 31 and the University is continuing to pay all full-time and part-time regular staff regardless of hours scheduled through January 26. I write to you today to update you on the COVID-related Human Resources policies in place until June 30 and to remind you of the other resources available to you.

Remote Work

As we prepare to welcome students back to campus for the Spring Semester in a couple of weeks, I especially thank those of you whose jobs require you to be on campus to serve our students, faculty and staff. To continue to de-densify our campus community, if you worked remotely last semester, please continue to do so until additional guidance is provided by your manager. You can find more information and guidance on our Remote Work policy.

COVID-19 Leave Days

As a result of the change in the CDC’s quarantine recommendations from 14 to 7 calendar days, effective January 27 through June 30, 2021, regular staff members will have access to up to 5 COVID-19 leave days if they are unable to work because of a medically directed quarantine due to COVID-19. Find additional information on how to utilize COVID-19 Leave Days.

Child/Elder Care Leave Days

To continue to encourage an environment where staff can care for children or elder family members in their households, effective January 27 through June 30, 2021, full-time regular staff will have access to up to 10 Child/Elder Care Leave Days. These can be used if an eligible staff member is unable to work remotely due to the responsibilities required to care for a child or elder family member in their household. The Child/Elder Care Leave Days are separate from COVID-19 Leave Days. Find more information on how to use Child/Elder Care Leave Days.

Other Resources Available

The pandemic has deeply affected the interaction between our personal and professional lives. We have updated our benefits to help our Notre Dame community navigate these changes. Whether there’s a breakdown in care arrangements,  you need additional emotional support or members of your family need help, it is our hope that our benefits will help support you every step of the way. These are summarized in our Emotional Well-Being Resources and Child & Elder Care Resources overview modules, which include our Employee Assistance Program (LifeWorks), Bright Horizons Back-Up Care and Enhanced Family Supports and the Notre Dame Wellness Center.

If you have any questions or concerns about your schedule, please work with your supervisor or manager. If you have any questions about any of these policies, please contact the askHR customer service center at askHR@nd.edu or 631-5900.

In closing, I ask all of us to be cognizant of the needs of our colleagues and to be attentive to the well-being of each person. We know we persevered in the Fall. I am confident we will again this Winter and Spring as we take care of our students and one another. 

In Notre Dame,

Robert McQuade
Vice President, Human Resources