COVID 19 Information for Employees

Updated 2/18/21

This page contains information for employees about working from home, paid time off options for COVID-related scenarios, resources to support your mental, emotional and physical health, guidance for supervisors, updates to benefit plans, and more. 

Information on university planning can be found on the Campus Blueprint site

Work From Home

All campus employees working from home will continue to do so through at least mid-summer. Michigan Medicine will extend remote working guidelines for all those employees capable of working from home through the end of June.  

Organizational Learning is offering a series of webinars to help managers and supervisors lead teams during times of change. 

Working Safely During COVID

Each school, college and administrative unit is responsible for developing an individualized plan for working safely on-site or remotely. Only faculty and staff who have been approved to work on-site at a U-M location should do so. 

If you need to work on campus, you will need to follow additional health and safety protocols such as wearing face coverings while indoors, outdoors and on U-M transportation and completing a daily health screening tool ResponsiBLUE. Employees who are ill for any reason should not come to work.

All U-M Ann Arbor students (undergraduate, graduate and professional) who live on campus, are registered for an in-person or hybrid class, or who come to campus for research, work or other activities in campus buildings are required to complete weekly mandatory COVID-19 testing through U-M. This allows for immediate information sharing with the university for timely and accurate tracking of testing completion and compliance.

Read more on the Campus Blueprint website

Supporting Child and Dependent Care

When possible, departments are encouraged to allow employees to work remotely and be flexible with arrangements. There are a number of resources available to help faculty and staff with child and dependent care needs. The university recently announced two additional resources to help with dependent care needs. 

If remote work is not possible, employees may be eligible to use paid time off programs. Read more about paid time off programs and uses for COVID-related scenarios.

Vaccine Information

U-M faculty, staff and students who would like to receive the COVID-19 vaccine through Michigan Medicine need to take the following actions to be able to schedule an appointment when vaccination is available:

  1. Complete the Blue Queue questionnaire
  2. Establish a medical record number (MRN) if you do not have one (Michigan Medicine employees and patients should already have one)
  3. Create a MyUofMHealth patient portal account if you do not already have one

To protect personal information, employees are discouraged from posting photos of their vaccination cards on social media or other mediums. 

Read more about COVID-19 vaccines for U-M faculty, staff and students on all three campuses.

Paid Time Off Options

There are temporary paid time off programs in place to support employees who cannot work due to various scenarios related to COVID-19. Some of these scenarios include personal illness, family care needs (including illness and school closure) and temporary lack of work. 

These programs are available to full and part-time faculty and staff, including temporary staff, student employees, graduate student employees (GSIs, GSSAs, GSRAs) and postdoctoral research fellows. Employees should follow their normal process of reporting absence and requesting time off.

Well-being Resources

Information and resources to support personal mental, emotional, and physical well-being is available. Resources include guided meditation and relaxation videos, virtual support groups, mobile apps and online programs and more. 

Unemployment Fraud Updates

(1/27/21) - If you received a 1099-G from the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency but you did not receive unemployment benefits during Calendar Year 2020, you need to take action. Visit Unemployment Insurance Benefits Resources for recommended steps on how to proceed.

(9/11/20) -  Some employees have reported being notified by the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency that they need to repay unemployment benefits when they did not file a claim and did not receive any benefits. Visit Unemployment Insurance Benefits Resources for recommended steps on how to proceed.