COVID 19 Information for Employees

Updated 7/7/21

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. More information can be found on the Campus Blueprint site

COVID-19 Vaccine and Workplace Rules

Effective June 21, fully vaccinated individuals who self-report their proof of vaccine via Wolverine Access are generally exempt from the indoor masking and social distancing requirements on campus.  Masks are still required in Michigan Medicine's main campus and remote locations; fully vaccinated employees in research labs and spaces can work indoors without masks, provided they are not engaging in research with human subjects. Daily screening using the ResponsiBLUE app remains in place. For more information, and to record your proof of vaccine, please visit Campus Blueprint website.  The university will consider additional modifications based on new rules issued by the state of Michigan in the coming days.

Faculty and staff on the Ann Arbor campus who self-report their vaccine status will be eligible for prize drawings. Appointments to get vaccinated remain available through Michigan Medicine as well as the University Health Service.

All vaccination data self-reported by U-M community members will be managed centrally. Individual supervisors should not base employment decisions on vaccine status and should not inquire about vaccine status other than to confirm compliance with safety measures.

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

Additional information can be found in the Vaccinations and Work section of this page and in the Frequently Asked Questions section of the Campus Blueprint site

At-home COVID testing available to Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti residents

A new initiative open to U-M community members and their households residing in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti areas is providing free, rapid COVID-19 test kits to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and keep the community healthy. Learn more on the Campus Blueprint website.

Updates to Budget Measures

The University of Michigan will lift universitywide pandemic-related spending restraints that were implemented in April 2020 but will continue to be prudent about spending in the face of ongoing financial uncertainties. The decision, announced June 18 in an email message to Ann Arbor campus faculty and staff from President Mark Schlissel, follows the approval June 17 of the university’s consolidated budget plan for the coming fiscal year. 

Beginning July 1, unit leaders may determine if and when to continue with spending restrictions based on their priorities and budget situation, while keeping in mind that university resources remain limited, the president said.

Read more in the University Record

Work From Home

All campus employees working from home will continue to do so through at least mid-summer. Michigan Medicine has extended remote working guidelines for all those employees capable of working from home until September 13. Employees will begin a gradual return to more on-site work in the coming months at the direction of their unit’s leaders. These plans will follow university and state guidance, including vaccination benchmarks. Find resources, including remote and flexible workplace agreement templates, on the Future of Work Resource Center.   

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.

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. 

FEMA Assistance for Funeral-Related Expenses

FEMA is providing financial assistance for COVID-19-related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020. More information is available on the FEMA website > COVID-19 Funeral Assistance. Watch this informational video or call FEMA’s COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Helpline at 1-844-684-6333 for help.

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.