COVID-19: Human Resources Information

Information from Human Resources

March 17, 202

During this time of disruption due to COVID-19 is focused on core operations, meeting the needs of students for academic continuity, and supporting students who remain in residence. It is important that the staff needed to support core operations attend work where they are able to support activities related to health and safety, essential student services and academic continuity of the term.
 
The university will continue to review and reassess needs and service delivery based on changing conditions.
 
Effective March 18, 2020, and continuing for three weeks, the following will be implemented as important components of the university’s shift to a more remote service delivery model.
 
For staff required to self-isolate due to travel
 
Anyone who has traveled outside of the province of Nova Scotia is required to self-isolate for 14 days from their date of return. This applies to people who returned to Nova Scotia as of March 13, 2020, or later. They will not be required to draw on leave banks.

  • Employees must consult with their manager to evaluate whether all or some work responsibilities can be conducted by working from home.
  • The manager will approve all such arrangements. They will consult with HR to ensure proper documentation is in place.
  • Those who are self-isolated will require a daily check-in with their manager/supervisor.

For staff at work on campus
 
Managers should evaluate whether all or some services can be conducted in a virtual delivery (e.g. Video, phone, email supports) model.

  • This enables continued service delivery.
  • Allows for the minimum threshold of social distancing.

For staff working from home under a business continuity plan
 
While putting the unit’s Business Continuity Plan into action, managers should evaluate whether all or some services can be conducted with staff working from home.

  • The manager will approve all such arrangements. They will consult with HR to ensure proper documentation is in place.
  • This will help with social distancing.
  • Managers are responsible to ensure reasonable productivity.
  • Those working from home will require a daily check-in with their manager/supervisor.

For employees who are ill at any point 
 
They would follow normal sick leave procedures.
 
For employees affected by school and/or daycare closures or who have direct eldercare responsibilities

  • Employees should consult with their manager who will consult with HR.
  • The manager will evaluate working from home opportunities.
  • Those impacted by school and/or daycare closure or who have direct eldercare responsibilities will require daily check-in with their manager/supervisor.
  • They will not be required to draw on leave banks.

For employees required in the workplace to carry out core duties but who request to stay home
 
Where working from home is not possible given the nature of the duties and an employee requests to stay home they may draw from their available leave banks in the following order: vacation, lieu time, sick leave. 

Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) On-line Services

The Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) website, workhealthlife.com, provides you and your family with anytime, anywhere access to professional counselling, information and resources to help resolve challenges you face.


Other Saint Mary's COVID-19 information pages

 

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