Additional COVID-19 leave available

To comply with the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act, UW System is providing an extension of when the COVID-19 leave may be used. The permissible reasons for taking this leave are identified in the UW System policy and include leave for the purposes of child care and COVID-related illness.

Previously, the UW System Interim COVID-19 Leave Policy granted employees COVID leave only until May 1, 2020. Now, an employee may use COVID leave up to a maximum of 80 hours (prorated for full-time equivalency) through Dec. 31, 2020. Any COVID leave taken between April 1, 2020, and May 1, 2020, counts toward the 80-hour maximum.

Employees on furlough (position-specific or intermittent furloughs) may not use leave to remain in paid status, including COVID leave. However, employees may use COVID leave for any of the reasons permitted in the policy when they return from furlough.