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Working and Leave Guidelines


Employees visiting in HR office, wearing masks

 

 

Leave Use:

  • Continue to work with your supervisor for scheduling leave such as annual leave or sick leave for doctors’ appointments
  • If you are working from home, please record hours of leave appropriately 
  • If you go on vacation to an area that is considered a “hot spot” for coronavirus infection, please note you may be asked to self-quarantine/self-isolate for up to 14 days upon return.

When working on-campus:

  • If you are sick, stay home and contact your supervisor immediately
  • Take your temperature prior to coming to work and upon returning home from work. If you are running a fever (100.4⁰F or higher), stay home and notify your supervisor immediately. Employees and supervisors should follow CDC guidelines to determine the appropriate time to return to work, while OSU asks returning employees to be symptom free and fever-free for at least 24 hours without fever-reducing medication before returning to work
  • Maintain at least six feet of distance between one another
  • Facial coverings are required in public spaces regardless of whether social distancing occurs or not. You may wear your own clean, well-maintained, and professional face covering or OSU will provide one for you. Please notify your supervisor if you need a face covering
  • In-person meetings are discouraged. Use technology such as Skype for Business or Microsoft Teams when possible
  • If an in-person meeting is required to accomplish the purpose of the meeting, it must be in a large room with attendees six feet away from each other and wearing cloth facial coverings
  • Limit use and capacity within break rooms/lunchrooms to follow social distancing guidelines.
  • Avoid the use of elevators when possible. Stairwells in each building will be designated as “up” or “down” pathways
  • Continue good hygiene practices:  wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds frequently; do not shake hands; cover your cough/sneeze; clean all high-touch areas in your office; do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Visitors, including children, are not allowed in campus buildings until campus buildings are accessible to the public beginning on July 7. 

When working remotely:

  • Communicate regularly with your colleagues and your supervisor
  • Notify your supervisor of what works and what does not work well while in remote working status
  • Keep regular office hours when possible and take regular breaks – just as you would if you were working on-campus
  • Continue good hygiene practices:  wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds frequently; cover your cough/sneeze; clean all high-touch areas in your home; do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands

 

Are you in a highly vulnerable category (age 65 or older or have a serious health condition) or are you caring for a highly vulnerable person? Have you experienced childcare disruptions due to COVID-19 and need additional resources? If you fit into one of these categories and have questions about how this impacts your ability to return to your regular duties on campus, please contact your HR Consultant or your supervisor to discuss.

 

Please know that we are here to assist you. Ask questions. Even if we do not have the answers now, we will work to find them for you. Also, please remember there are resources to serve you and your household. Guidance Resources can assist with many of your needs. Please use these confidential resources to take care of yourself and your household members.

 

By keeping these protocols and tips in mind, you will help OSU safely reopen its offices and keep them open in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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