Department of Human Resources

Lactation Policy

Title: UConn Lactation Policy
Policy Owner: Human Resources and Office of Institutional Equity
Applies to: Employees, Graduate Assistants, Students
Campus Applicability: All Campuses, Including UConn Health
Effective Date: 12/20/2016
For More Information, Contact Human Resources and Student Health Services/Student Services
Contact Information: Storrs/Regionals: (860) 486-3034 (HR) and (860) 486-0765 (SHS)
UConn Health: (860) 679-2426 (HR and (860) 679-1364 (Student Services Center)
Official Website: http://hr.uconn.edu/worklife/


Reason for Policy

The purpose of this policy is to provide employees and students who are breastfeeding a private place and reasonable break time to express breast milk for their nursing child.  This policy is in accordance with relevant laws and regulations regarding breastfeeding in the workplace.

Applies to

All breastfeeding employees and students on the Storrs, UConn Health and Regional campuses.

Definitions:

Lactation Area: A space on the University of Connecticut campus that is either dedicated or temporarily established to accommodate the needs of those who are breastfeeding. The room must be a clean, private (the ability to be shielded from view and free from intrusion), comfortable space with electrical outlet, chair, table for breast pump, and nearby access to clean running water.

Lactation Breaks: Breaks during the work day for employees who have requested lactation accommodations.

Policy Statement

The University of Connecticut is committed to providing a supportive environment that enables employees and students to express breast milk in a private place, with reasonable break time and in a location within five minutes of their work and study areas.

Consistent with Connecticut Laws (Chapter 939, Section 53-34b and Chapter 814c, Section 46a-64), a person may breastfeed their infant in any public or private location on campus where they and their child are authorized to be. This includes all campus locations open to the public and other campus locations where infants are allowed.

Additionally, Connecticut law (Connecticut General Statutes, Section 31-40w) Breastfeeding in the Workplace states that employers must allow employees to breastfeed or express breast milk at work.

Consistent with federal law, the University of Connecticut shall provide to employee breastfeeding persons reasonable break time (“lactation break”) as well as space that is shielded from view and free from intrusion in order to breastfeed their infants or to express breast milk.

The University of Connecticut prohibits discrimination, harassment, and retaliation against breastfeeding persons who exercise their rights under this policy.  For more information, see University Policy Against Discrimination, Harassment and Related Interpersonal Violence.

Enforcement

Violations of this policy may result in appropriate disciplinary measures in accordance with University Policies and applicable collective bargaining agreements.

Policy History

Adopted 12/20/2016

Procedures

Storrs and Regional Campuses: http://policy.uconn.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/243/2016/12/UConn-Lactation-Procedures_final-draft-12-20-16.pdf

UConn Health: http://policy.uconn.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/243/2017/02/UConn-Health-Lactation-Procedures.pdf 

 

Alternate Work Arrangements

Title: Alternative Work Arrangements
Policy Owner: Department of Human Resources
Applies to: All Employees
Campus Applicability: Storrs and Regional Campuses
Effective Date: October 11, 2016
For More Information, Contact Department of Human Resources and the Office of Faculty & Staff Labor Relations
Contact Information: (860) 486-3034
Official Website: http://hr.uconn.edu/alternate-work-arrangements/

POLICY AND PURPOSE:   This policy describes and establishes guidelines for alternate work arrangements for employees at the University of Connecticut, in accordance with relevant state statute, applicable collective bargaining agreements and in keeping with university practices. This policy is designed to achieve the following goals: (1) Increase worker efficiency and productivity; (2) reduce travel time.

In order to support the mutual benefits of flexible work environments, the university has implemented this voluntary Alternative Work Arrangement program for all employees.

References:

  • CGS § 5-248i. Telecommuting and Work-at-home programs
  • Article 16 of the UCPEA Contract – Work Schedules
  • Article 17 of the NP3 Contract – Hours of Work, Work Schedules and Overtime
  • Article 18 of the NP5 Contract – Hours of Work, Work Schedules and Overtime
  • Article 18 of the NP2 Contract – Hours of Work, Work Schedules and Overtime
  • Request for Temporary Flexible Schedule Agreement Form
  • Request for Temporary Telecommuting Agreement Form
  • Exhibit 2-1 Auditors of Public Accounts Work Schedule Election Form

Scope:

This policy applies to all employees at the Storrs and Regional Campuses.

Definitions:

Telecommuting – Voluntary work arrangement in which some or all of the work is performed at an off-campus work site such as the home or in an office space near home.

Flexible Schedule – A flexible schedule allows an employee to vary the span of the workday, while ensuring that the standard workweek hours are completed.

Policy Statement:

The University Alternate Work Arrangement Program offers employees two options for alternate work arrangements.  Each option contains specific requirements for the employee.

Approval for participation is at the discretion of the employee’s supervisor.

Telecommuting[1]:

Generally, work suitable for telecommuting will have defined tasks with clearly measurable results, tasks requiring concentration when the employee works independently and minimal requirements for frequent access to hard copy files or special equipment.

Telecommuting may also be suitable for those occasions when employees must attend off-site university meetings or events during portions of the day that make travel to their normal duty station impractical during the balance of the day.

Employees best suited for telecommuting are self-motivated, self-disciplined, have a proven ability to perform and a desire to make telecommuting work.

In order to participate, an employee’s regular duties must be such that they can be accomplished via telecommuting; employees whose regular duties necessitate their presence at their duty station may not telecommute.

Guidelines for Participation

  • Any equipment or supplies purchased by the University and used at the alternate work location will remain the University’s property and must be returned at the conclusion of the telecommuting period. University owned equipment at the alternate location may not be used for personal purposes.  The University does not assume responsibility for damage or wear of personally owned equipment or supplies used while telecommuting.
  • Participants will take all precautions necessary to secure privileged information and prevent unauthorized access to any University system.
  • Participants may not submit nor receive reimbursement for travel if requested to report to their normal work site.

Employees who wish to request permission to telecommute should submit a formal request through the University’s Telecommuting Agreement Form to their supervisor, which will include a description of the scope of work that will be undertaken and accomplished off-site at least five business days in advance, when possible. This description may be general or include specific tasks.

The supervisor will review the request with the employee and must approve or deny the request in writing within three business days prior to the requested telecommuting period, or sooner if the request is made due to unforeseen circumstances. For employees who are members of a bargaining unit, approval must be from a supervisor that is outside of the bargaining unit.

The employee and supervisor must mutually agree to and sign the Telecommuting Agreement Form available at http://hr.uconn.edu/alternate-work-arrangements/.

Please note: It is understood that unforeseen circumstances may necessitate the request for short-term telecommuting arrangements to be made with limited advance notice.  Temporary changes to existing telecommuting agreements may also be necessary to accommodate unexpected work obligations.  In these circumstances an email approval from a supervisor is sufficient.

[1] Note: This section is not applicable to Classified Employees. Telecommuting arrangements for Classified employees must be made in accordance with the Telecommuting Guidelines established by the State of Connecticut Department of Administrative Services, available at http://das.ct.gov/HR/Regs/Current/GL%2032%20Telecommuting%20Guidelines.pdf.

Flexible Schedule:

Guidelines for Participation

Flexible Schedules may be approved by the appropriate supervisor, with the following understanding:

  1. There must be minimal on-site coverage of most university offices during regular business hours, Monday through Friday.
  2. Managerial and confidential employees are expected to work the equivalent of 40 hours each week.  Work schedules for UCPEA and Classified employees are in accordance with the relevant collective bargaining agreement. Please note: additional hours may be necessary in order to complete job responsibilities.
  3. The supervisor should consider cross training/back-up assignments to ensure adequate service during normal office hours.

A Flexible Schedule can be established by mutual agreement between an employee and their supervisor. For employees who are members of a bargaining unit, approval must be from a supervisor that is outside of the bargaining unit.  In order to approve a request for a flexible schedule, supervisors must determine that an employee operating under a flexible schedule will not have a negative impact on the employee’s work or the work of the given office, unit or department.

Supervisors will determine whether or not a flexible schedule request is reasonable and justified. In general, a flexible schedule is intended to allow employees to deviate from their standard work schedule within reason, i.e. arriving earlier and leaving earlier or arriving later and leaving later, or accommodating a single especially long work day (to attend an evening work-related event, for example) by arriving later the following day, etc. It is not intended to allow employees to work unorthodox or impractical schedules, i.e. working weekends instead of two weekdays or working a full work week within a four day period each week, etc.

Employee requests for a flexible schedule may apply to a single day during the week, each day during the week, or certain days or weeks depending on the time of year. Supervisors should document each employee’s flexible schedule in writing using the appropriate University form available at http://hr.uconn.edu/alternate-work-arrangements/.  Flexible schedules may be adjusted or revoked by management at any time.  Where possible, employees will be given a minimum of two weeks’ notice regarding any changes to their approved flexible schedule.

Procedure:    

  1. Employee submits request to supervisor;
  2. Supervisor provides written approval or denial;
  3. Supervisor and employee mutually sign the applicable form;
  4. Forward a copy of the signed agreement to the Office of Faculty and Staff Labor Relations.

This policy is not intended to add to or subtract from provisions of any applicable collective bargaining agreements.

 

 

Adopted Effective Date 3/3/2016 [Approved by the Office of the President]

Revised Effective Date 10/11/2016 [Approved by the Office of the President]

Faculty Medical Leave Guidelines

Title: Faculty Medical Leave Guidelines
Policy Owner: Department of Human Resources (Benefits)
Applies to: Faculty
Campus Applicability: Storrs, the 5 regional campuses, and UConn Law
Effective Date: May 7, 2015
For More Information, Contact Department of Human Resources (Benefits)
Contact Information: (860) 486-3034
Official Website:  http://hr.uconn.edu/2015/05/26/faculty-medical-leave-guidelines/

 

Faculty medical leaves have historically been at the discretion of the University and administered in accordance with the Article XV, L, 4 of the By-Laws of the University of Connecticut (the “By-Laws”) titled “Sick Leave for Faculty With or Without Pay,” which provides that “[e]ach case is considered separately and involves careful consideration of length of service, nature of illness, and anticipated length of disability.”  These guidelines are intended to clarify the By-Laws and provide better guidance and general parameters to University administrators in evaluating requests for medical leave.

These guidelines are for long term illnesses only (FMLA qualifying medical leaves) and apply only to tenured and tenure-track faculty and non-tenure track faculty members who are on multi-year appointments.  Absences for short-term illness and for AAUP members that are on temporary appointments will continue to be administered at the school or departmental level.  In no case shall a medical leave extend a temporary appointment beyond its end-date.

A.            Faculty With Less Than Three (3) Years of Service (six months paid sick leave)

1.            Faculty members with less than three (3) years of service will be eligible to be paid for a qualifying medical leave under the FMLA and/or the state medical leave law, up to the period provided for in the medical certification, not to exceed six (6) months.[i]  Sick Leave must be supported by medical certification and be approved by the Department of Human Resources, with notification provided to the department head and the Dean.

2.            If after six (6) months of continuous leave the faculty member is still medically unable to return to work, an extension of unpaid sick leave may be requested with proper medical certification and is subject to the approval of the Dean and the Provost.  Extensions of medical leave after the initial six (6) months provided for in Paragraph A.1 shall be in conformity with the By-Laws with an emphasis on the faculty member’s length of service and the likelihood, based on acceptable medical evidence, that he or she will be able return to full employment.

If the faculty member with less than three years of service is an ARP participant and is eligible to collect long-term disability (LTD) benefits during a period of approved unpaid leave, the University will not supplement the LTD benefit.

3.            If medical leave has been exhausted and no extension has been approved, the faculty member will be medically separated in good standing.  Post-employment benefits will be determined by the rules of the retirement plan that the faculty member has elected.

B.            Faculty With 3 – 6 Years of Service (twelve months paid sick leave)

1.            Faculty members with 3 – 6 years of service will be eligible to be paid for a qualifying medical leave under the FMLA and/or the state medical leave law, up to the period provided for in the medical certification, not to exceed six (6) months.  Sick Leave must be supported by medical certification and be approved by the Department of Human Resources, with notification provided to the department head and the Dean.

2.            If after six (6) months of continuous illness the faculty member is still medically unable to return to work, an extension of six (6) months paid sick leave may be requested with proper medical certification and is subject to the approval of the Dean and the Provost.  Extensions of medical leave after the initial six month (6) period provided for in Paragraph B.1 shall be in conformity with the By-Laws with an emphasis on the faculty member’s length of service and the likelihood, based on acceptable medical evidence, that he or she  will be able return to full employment.

If the leave is approved as paid, and the faculty member is an ARP participant, the leave will be converted to LTD leave in accordance with Article 19.G.  The University will supplement the disability benefit so that the faculty member receives the same rate of pay as if fully employed for six (6) additional months.  If the leave is approved as paid, and the faculty member is a SERS participant, he or she will be eligible for six (6) months of additional paid sick leave.

3.            If after one (1) year of continuous leave the faculty member is still medically unable to return to work, an extension of unpaid sick leave may be requested with proper medical certification and is subject to the approval of the Dean and the Provost.  Extensions of medical leave after the initial one (1) year period provided for in Paragraphs B.1 and B.2 shall be in conformity with By-Laws with an emphasis on the faculty member’s length of service and the likelihood, based on acceptable medical evidence, that he or she will be able return to full employment.

4.            If medical leave has been exhausted and no extension has been approved, the faculty member will be medically separated in good standing.  Post-employment benefits will be determined by the rules of the retirement plan that the faculty member has elected.

C.            Faculty With 7 to 10 Years of Service (twelve to eighteen months of paid sick leave)

1.            Faculty members with 7 to 10 years of service will be eligible to be paid for a qualifying medical leave under the FMLA and/or the state medical leave law, up to the period provided for in the medical certification, not to exceed six (6) months.  Sick Leave must be supported by medical certification and be approved by the Department of Human Resources, with notification provided to the department head and the Dean.

2.            If after six (6) months of continuous illness the faculty member is still unable to return to work, an extension of six (6) months paid sick leave may be requested with proper medical certification and is subject to the approval of the Dean and the Provost.  Extensions of medical leave after the initial six month (6) period provided for in Paragraph C.1 shall be in conformity with the By-Laws with an emphasis on the faculty member’s length of service and the likelihood, based on acceptable medical evidence, that he or she will be able return to full employment.

If the leave is approved as paid, and the faculty member is an ARP participant, the leave will be converted to LTD leave in accordance with Article 19.G.  The University will supplement the LTD benefit so that the faculty member receives the same rate of pay as if fully employed for six (6) additional months.  If the leave is approved as paid, and the faculty member is a SERS participant, he or she will be eligible for six (6) months of additional paid sick leave.

3.            If after one (1) year of continuous illness the faculty member is still unable to return to work, an extension of six (6) months paid sick leave may be requested with proper medical certification and is subject to the approval of the Dean and the Provost.  Extensions of medical leave after the initial one (1) year period provided for in Paragraphs C.1 and C.2 shall be in conformity with the By-Laws with an emphasis on the faculty member’s length of service and the likelihood, based on acceptable medical evidence, that he or she will be able return to full employment.

If the leave is approved as paid, the University will continue to supplement the LTD benefit so that the faculty member receives the same rate of pay as if fully employed for an additional six (6) months.  If the leave is approved as paid, and the faculty member is a SERS participant, he or she will be eligible for six (6) months of additional paid sick leave.

4.            If medical leave has been exhausted and no extension has been approved, the faculty member will be medically separated in good standing.  Post-employment benefits will be determined by the rules of the retirement plan that the faculty member has elected.

D.            Faculty With More Than 10 Years of Service (twelve to twenty-four months paid sick leave)

1.            Faculty members with more than 10 years of service will be eligible to be paid for a qualifying medical leave under the FMLA and/or the state medical leave law, up to the period provided for in the medical certification, not to exceed six (6) months.  Sick Leave must be supported by medical certification and be approved by the Department of Human Resources, with notification provided to the department head and the Dean.

2.            If after six (6) months of continuous illness the faculty member is still unable to return to work, an extension of six (6) months paid sick leave may be requested with proper medical certification and is subject to the approval of the Dean and the Provost.  Extensions of medical leave after the initial six month (6) period provided for in Paragraph D.1 shall be in conformity with the By-Laws with an emphasis on the faculty member’s length of service and the likelihood, based on acceptable medical evidence, that he or she will be able return to full employment.

If the leave is approved as paid, and the faculty member is an ARP participant, the leave will be converted to LTD leave in accordance with Article 19.G.  The University will supplement the LTD benefit so that the faculty member receives the same rate of pay as if fully employed for six (6) additional months.   If the leave is approved as paid, and the faculty member is a SERS participant, he or she will be eligible for six (6) months of additional paid sick leave.

3.            If after one (1) year of continuous illness the faculty member is still unable to return to work, an extension of twelve (12) months paid sick leave may be requested with proper medical certification and is subject to the approval of the Dean and the Provost.  Extensions of medical leave after the initial one (1) year period provided for in Paragraphs D.1 and D.2 shall be in conformity with the By-Laws with an emphasis on the faculty member’s length of service and the likelihood, based on acceptable medical evidence, that he or she will be able return to full employment.

If the leave is approved as paid, the University will continue to supplement the LTD benefit so that the faculty member receives the same rate of pay as if fully employed for the additional twelve (12) months.  If the leave is approved as paid, and the faculty member is a SERS participant, he or she will be eligible for twelve (12) months of additional paid sick leave.

4.            If medical leave has been exhausted and no extension has been approved, the faculty member will be medically separated in good standing.  Post-employment benefits will be determined by the rules of the retirement plan that the faculty member has elected.

E.            Maximum Continuous Medical Leave

Unless otherwise required by law, any continuous period of medical leave (paid, unpaid or a combination of paid/unpaid) shall not exceed two (2) years.

F.            Concurrent Leaves and Entitlements

All medical leaves under these guidelines shall run concurrently with federal FMLA and other legal entitlements, including ADA accommodations arranged through the Office of Diversity and Equity.

G.           Reinstatement Of Faculty Who Are Medically Separated In Good Standing

If a faculty member who is medically separated in good standing becomes medically able to return to University employment, he or she shall be eligible for rehire.  Rehire shall be subject to approval of the Dean and the Provost.  In determining whether to rehire the faculty member, emphasis shall be placed on the qualification of the faculty member at the time of rehire; the likelihood that the faculty member will be able to resume teaching, scholarship and service at a level commensurate with his or her position; and the needs of the University, School or College, and Department.

H.           Calculation Of Supplemental Disability Pay

For faculty members enrolled in the ARP and eligible to receive a disability supplement in accordance with these guidelines, the University shall supplement the disability insurance such that the faculty member’s bi-weekly gross pay (disability benefit plus supplement) while receiving the supplement equals the bi-weekly gross pay the faculty member would have received if he or she was fully employed less the ARP contribution being paid by the disability carrier on behalf of the faculty member.

I.             Multiple Access To Paid Sick Leave

Faculty members may only access the paid medical leave benefits described in this policy once every three (3) years unless otherwise approved by the Dean and the Provost, with an emphasis on whether the total amount of paid sick leave taken in any three (3) year period is less than the maximum paid sick leave available to the faculty member under these guidelines.

The first time a faculty member utilizes paid sick leave under these guidelines, his or her years of service shall be determined from the faculty member’s University hire date.  On any subsequent occasion the faculty member seeks to utilize the paid sick leave benefits available under these guidelines, his or her years of service shall be counted from the date on which the faculty returned from the last qualifying paid sick leave taken pursuant to these guidelines.

If a faculty member is not eligible for paid sick leave in accordance with this paragraph, he or she still may take as unpaid any medical leave to which he or she is entitled in accordance with his or her rights under federal and/or state medical leave laws.

[i] The term “months” is intended to mean calendar months.

Children in the Workplace

Title Children in the Workplace
Policy Owner: Department of Human Resources
Applies to: Faculty, Staff
Campus Applicability: UConn Storrs, Avery Point, Waterbury, Stamford and Torrington, Hartford and Cooperative Extension
Effective Date: August 5, 2013
For More Information, Contact Department of Human Resources
Contact Information: 860- 486-3034
Official Website: http://hr.uconn.edu/

 

REASON FOR POLICY

This policy governs the circumstances when University employees may bring children into the workplace.

The purpose of this policy is to establish criteria that permit children to visit their parents (or other relatives) who work at the University, protect their welfare and safety, reduce potential liability and risk for the University and promote an environment in which faculty, staff and students remain productive.

APPLIES TO

This policy applies to Faculty, Staff, Students, and University affiliates (collectively referred to as “employees”) on the UConn Storrs, Avery Point, Waterbury, Stamford and Torrington, Hartford and Cooperative Extension campuses and locations.  This policy does not apply to approved University programs and events or camps that involve children in education, research or supervised care.  This policy does not apply to children enrolled in the University’s child care facility.

DEFINITIONS

For purposes of this policy, a child is defined as an individual under the age of 18 years old, who is not a student or employee of the University of Connecticut.

POLICY STATEMENT

Children of employees are allowed in the workplace for brief visits, generally no longer than two (2) hours, or to participate in University programs and events, within the following parameters:

  • Faculty and staff must notify Dean, Director or Department Heads (DDD) in advance of any visit, with the understanding that the DDD has the authority to approve or deny visits. Approved visit should be for a defined and limited duration
  • The child must remain under parental supervision; within sight and sound of the parent or guardian at all times
  • The child’s presence must not disrupt the work or school environment or negatively impact productivity
  • Sick children are not allowed in the workplace
  • Children are not allowed in areas containing confidential information

The supervisor will ask the employee to remove the child if the supervisor determines that this policy has been violated.

Children are not allowed in hazardous areas per the Environmental Health & Safety policy.

ENFORCEMENT

Violations of this policy may result in appropriate disciplinary measures in accordance with University Laws and By-Laws, General Rules of Conduct for All University Employees, and applicable collective bargaining agreements.

PROCEDURES

Given the diverse nature of the work being performed on campus, the concern for the safety of all and the fact that not all work environments are suitable for children, employees will be required to obtain written approval from their supervisor prior to their child’s visit.

 

 

 

August 2013

Pre-Employment Criminal Background Check Policy

Title: Pre-Employment Criminal Background Check Policy
Policy Owner: Department of Human Resources and Office of Faculty and Staff Labor Relations
Applies to: Faculty, Staff, Others
Campus Applicability:  Storrs and Regional Campuses
Effective Date: January 8, 2014
For More Information, Contact Department of Human Resources
Contact Information: (860) 486-3034
Official Website: http://hr.uconn.edu/cbc/

 

BACKGROUND

The University of Connecticut prides itself on hiring qualified employees who are prepared to work in the best interests of the University and its students.  Pre-employment criminal background checks serve as an important element of the University’s ongoing efforts to ensure a safe and secure campus and workplace.  Criminal history information can identify prospective employees who may be predisposed to engage in violence, sexual misconduct, misappropriate of resources, identity theft, data breaches and other misconduct.

APPLIES TO

This policy applies to the following:

  • All full-time and part-time final candidates for employment in regular payroll positions (faculty, professional, and classified).
  • All individuals selected for temporary appointments as Adjunct Faculty, Special Payroll Lecturers, and Instructional Specialists that are not dually employed at the University or that have had a break in University service for more than two consecutive semesters.

At the specific request of the hiring department, other prospective special payroll appointments or volunteers may be subject to a criminal background check when the special payroll or volunteer position is a position of trust or when required by law to perform a criminal background check.

Employees who are already employed at the University and apply for transfer or promotion are not covered by this Policy.

 

GENERAL POLICY

It will be a condition of employment at the University of Connecticut to submit to a criminal background check.  Offers of employment will be conditional pending the result of a background check, which shall include, at a minimum, the following:

  • Social Security Number Verification / Past Address Trace
  • Statewide criminal history (where applicable)
  • County Criminal
  • National Criminal
  • Federal Criminal
  • Statewide Sex Offender
  • Nationwide Sex Offender
  • International Criminal (where applicable)

Pre-Employment criminal background checks will be centrally administered by the Department of Human Resources.

Pre-employment criminal background checks and the use of criminal history information will be in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations.

Procedures on the pre-employment criminal background check process are available at: http://hr.uconn.edu/cbc/

Emergency Closing Policy

Title: Emergency Closing Policy
Policy Owner: Office of the President, Office of the Provost, EVPA/CFO
Applies to: Faculty, Staff, Students, Others
Campus Applicability:  All campuses except UConn Health
Effective Date: August 27, 2015
For More Information, Contact Office of Faculty & Staff Labor Relations and the Department of Human Resources
Contact Information: (860) 486-5684 and (860) 486-3034
Official Website: http://www.hr.uconn.edu/

 

PURPOSE AND APPLICATION OF POLICY

During inclement weather and other emergency situations at the University of Connecticut, the safety of our students, faculty, and staff is paramount. At the same time, the University has very important research, teaching, service, and outreach missions, and must maintain continuous and effective business operations. With due consideration to safety, the University will remain open and operate normally to the greatest extent possible. Faculty, staff, and students should evaluate their own circumstances carefully, exercise appropriate judgment, and take responsibility for their safety when making decisions during inclement weather.

The purpose of this policy is to provide direction to the University community in the rare circumstances when the University Administration decides to close some or all University campuses, delay opening the University or particular campuses, release employees early, or cancel classes. This policy also explains how employees will be notified of the University’s decisions, and clarifies expectations regarding attendance and performance of job-related duties. The policy applies to the entire University community, including administration, faculty, staff, and students, at all campuses except UConn Health.

POLICY STATEMENT

Decisions to alter the University’s normal operations and schedule for all campuses are made jointly by the President’s Office, Provost’s Office, and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (EVPA/CFO). Decisions about such alterations are made with full input from Public Safety and Facilities Operations and Building Services for all campuses. Careful consideration will be given to the particular conditions and circumstances at each campus, and decisions will account for variations that may exist among the situations at different campuses.

When the Governor of Connecticut closes state agencies, releases state employees from work, or restricts road travel due to weather conditions, the University implements releases or cancellations to conform with this guidance.

When the University is open and operating normally, all employees are expected to make every effort commensurate with their personal safety to be at work. Individual academic departments and administrative units are not permitted to close and release employees. Those decisions will be made on a university-wide basis. Departments, regional campuses, and units may cancel special events they sponsor at their discretion, and are responsible for communicating such cancellations.

If an emergency occurs that may require an adjustment in work schedules for an individual unit or small number of units (such as a power outage or flood in a single building), employees should work from another location if possible. Supervisors must obtain permission from the President’s Office, Provost’s Office, and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (EVPA/CFO), as appropriate, before releasing employees from work for more than a short period of time.

Notification

The University will make announcements about closings or delayed openings as soon as feasible, and generally no later than 5 a.m. When conditions change rapidly or unexpectedly, however, the University may need to make or update decisions about classes and business operations on short notice.

UConn’s Alert website, alert.uconn.edu, is the definitive source of information about the University’s operating status. All announcements regarding changes to the University’s operating schedule will be posted to this site as soon as decisions are made.

In addition to the Alert website, text message alerts may be issued regarding closings, cancellations, or delays. UConn community members should register to receive the University’s text message alerts.

Community members may also call the University’s 24-hour emergency closing information number, (860) 486-3768, to check the University’s operating status for all campuses. Second and third shift employees are urged to call this number for information.

Individual units are responsible for communicating decisions about whether any special events they sponsor are postponed or canceled. Community members should contact the sponsoring units directly for information about such events. This applies to athletic events, performances, conferences, lectures, presentations, workshops, and other events hosted by a sub-unit of the University.

Expectations for Employees

This section summarizes the information applicable to:

  • All Employees (except essential/emergency support services staff)
  • Class Instructors
  • Essential/Emergency Support Services Staff

All Employees (except essential/emergency support services staff)

When the University is open and operating normally, employees are expected to report to work. During inclement weather, employees are expected to plan accordingly, including accounting for extra time needed to travel to and from work. If an employee decides not to remain at or report to work because of concerns about travelling safely, employees may use vacation, personal, or other accrued time without advance approval. Employees must promptly notify their supervisors in these situations. Employees who anticipate childcare concerns may discuss in advance the possibility of flex time or telecommuting with their supervisors.

When the University directs employees not to report to campus during a closing, delay, or cancellation, employees will not be charged leave unless their time off was already scheduled and approved. If an employee is on a scheduled day off due to sick leave, vacation, personal time, earned time, or leave of absence without pay during an official University closing, delay, or early release, the employee’s time will be charged accordingly.

Since employees who are not on a pre-approved leave during a closing would normally be present at work, employees are expected to be accessible and responsive to their supervisors as needed during their regularly scheduled work hours. Supervisors may require that employees check and respond to email regularly and respond to work calls, and may expect that assigned work that can be accomplished remotely is completed on time regardless of emergency cancellations. Likewise, supervisors may make reasonable adjustments to be able to continue University business, including holding meetings by teleconference and handling normal business by email, and employees who would normally be present at work may be required to participate.

Class Instructors

All faculty at all campuses must abide by the University’s decision to remain open. If the University does not cancel classes, faculty are expected to hold classes as scheduled, except in circumstances when a faculty member determines that he or she is unable to travel safely to campus. In these exceptional cases, the faculty member must notify his or her dean and department head, and must also notify all students in the class. Faculty must not cancel class prior to the University’s decision about whether the University will alter its normal schedule. Faculty may elect to hold classes virtually using online methods.

Only the instructor of record for a class may decide to cancel a class. Teaching Assistants may not make independent decisions to cancel classes or other activities related to classes, but must consult with the faculty member for the course.

Instructional time that is cancelled is expected to be made up in accordance with the By-Laws, Rules, and Regulations of the University Senate. The University’s academic calendar includes specified “emergency closing make-up dates.” Faculty who plan to use these times to make up class must inform students as soon as possible and reserve a classroom through the Registrar’s Office. Faculty may also make up classes at other times, but must be sensitive to students’ availability to attend.

Faculty should respect the decisions of commuting students who decide not to travel to campus, or to leave class early in order to get home safely, and provide options for them to make up missed work. The Dean of Students Office is available to assist faculty and students with concerns about missed work.

Essential/Emergency Support Services Staff

Operations including public safety, residential and dining services, health services, animal care, facility maintenance, information technology services, student support services, transportation, and other important services may be required to continue even in severe weather or during other circumstances that require the University to close.

The University may designate employees as “Essential” employees (also known as “Emergency Support Services Staff”) if it determines their job functions are necessary or potentially necessary to conduct the University’s business even when the University is not operating normally. Employees designated as essential are typically expected to report to or remain at work when the University has a delayed opening, early release, or closure.

Individual Departments determine which, if any, of their employees are essential. Further, Departments may require all essential employees to report during any closure. Alternatively, Departments may develop a procedure that limits the number of essential employees required to report based on the nature or duration of the closure, the nature of the functions the Department performs, and the level of staffing needed. This approach is typically implemented through an “on call” notification system or a rotating assignment.

Departments are responsible for notifying essential employees annually of their designation. Employees hired into positions that are essential are first notified of their designation at the time of hire. In addition, the business needs of the University may change in ways that require other employees to be deemed essential even if they were not designated so at hire. In such cases, the Department will notify affected employees at the time of their designation. By October 1st of each year, Departments with essential employees must provide a list of these employees to the Office of Faculty and Staff Labor Relations and the Department of Human Resources.

Unless provided in the collective bargaining agreement or authorized by the Governor, the University is prohibited from awarding compensatory time or extra compensation to essential employees for working during their regularly scheduled hours when the University has a delay, early release, or is closed.

ENFORCEMENT

Violations of this policy may result in appropriate disciplinary measures in accordance with University Laws and By-Laws, General Rules of Conduct for All University Employees, applicable collective bargaining agreements, and the University of Connecticut Student Code.

RELATED PROCEDURES AND POLICIES

Time and attendance procedures for employees and supervisors are posted on the Payroll Department website at www.payroll.uconn.edu.

Requirements with respect to instructional time and making up time are defined in the By-Laws, Rules, and Regulations of the Senate (http://policy.uconn.edu/2011/05/19/by-laws-rules-and-regulations-of-the-university-senate/) and the University’s Credit Hour policy (http://policy.uconn.edu/2012/08/22/credit-hour).

 

POLICY HISTORY

Policy adopted:

October, 2012

Revision:

November 26, 2014

August 27, 2015

 

Voluntary Leave and Schedule Reduction Policy

Title: Voluntary Leave and Schedule Reduction Policy
Policy Owner: Human Resources
Applies to: Faculty, Staff
Campus Applicability:
Effective Date:
For More Information, Contact Human Resources
Contact Information: (860) 486-3034
Official Website: http://www.hr.uconn.edu/

Overview:

The State has legislated a Voluntary Schedule Reduction Program in which participation is entirely voluntary, subject to the approval of the agency’s appointing authority. The Legislative Regulation Review Committee approved the final Regulations on March 19, 1996. Employees who participate will receive time off without pay, but will continue to receive health insurance and other benefits in accordance with their collective bargaining agreement. Human Resources will not approve requests if the services need to be replaced during the period of leave. Employees may not substitute voluntary leave for medical leaves.

Plan Options:

Classified Employees:

(Administrative & Residual; AFSCME Social and Human Services and Administrative Clerical; CEUI Maintenance; CSEA  Engineering & Scientific; Protective Services; 1199 Health Care Workers)

A.  Sporadic Days Off – pre-scheduled, non-sequential days off (Friday and Monday are NOT considered to be sequential

B.  Work Schedule Reductions the University will not approve requests for schedule reductions to a previously negotiated workweek (e.g., 35 or 37.5 hours).    Examples of possible work schedule reductions for full-time employees are:

  • 4 day workweek (20% reduction)
  • 4 days a week with each day extended, but not equaling a full week’s schedule
  • 9 days per pay period (10% reduction)
  • Mornings or afternoons off (50% reduction)

Unclassified Employees: (AAUP, UCPEA, Managerial/Confidential)

A. Sporadic Days Off – pre-scheduled days off less than one week at a time.

B. Work Schedule Reduction:

  • 4 day workweek (20% reduction)
  • 4 days a week with each day extended, but not equaling a full week’s schedule
  • 9 days per pay period (10% reduction)
  • Mornings or afternoons off (50% reduction)

C. Leave of Absence without Pay – unpaid leave from 1 to 24 weeks at a time.

D.  Educational Leave – 3 or more months without pay to participate in an educational program.

Eligibility:

Any permanent state employee may apply for participation in the Voluntary Schedule Reduction Program. A permanent employee is one holding a position in the classified service under a permanent appointment or one holding a position in the unclassified service who has served in such a position for more than six months.

Application Procedure:

  1. An employee submits a completed application to his/her supervisor. The supervisor reviews the application, noting the impact on departmental operations, and either approves, modifies or denies the request, sending it to the Department of Human Resources for a final decision.  Should the supervisor be unable to approve the request because of departmental needs, he/she may discuss possible alternatives (if any) with the employee. If no alternative is possible, the supervisor will indicate on the form the reason the request cannot be granted. Since approvals are entirely at management discretion, denials are not grievable.
  2. Applications should be submitted to Human Resources at least two weeks in advance of the desired leave, and should include starting and ending dates, dates of individual leave days (if sporadic), and the number of hours of leave requested. The use of accrued time or compensatory time earned and accumulated pursuant to the provisions of any  collective bargaining agreement or to an order of the Commissioner under Section 5-200(p) of the Connecticut General  Statutes is not a condition precedent to being granted a schedule reduction under these regulations.
  3. A schedule reduction will not be granted if it would result in an employee falling below the threshold for eligibility for health insurance benefits, less than half time.
  4. The program will operate by the fiscal year (July 1st through June 30th), so the requested dates on each application should fall within those dates.

Changes to Approved Applications:

In the event of a change of plans, employees on a voluntary schedule reduction should apply for a modification. The new application should be marked “REVISED” and routed in the same manner as the original request.

Benefits and Status:

An employee whose application is approved shall be entitled to benefits as follows:

Health and Life Insurance:

During the period of any approved leave or work schedule reduction, an employee’s health and life insurance will continue on the same basis as before the leave or schedule modification. The employee must contribute, on an on-going basis, that portion of the premiums that would normally have been payroll-deducted.

Seniority and Longevity:

An employee shall receive all seniority credit and the full longevity benefit without regard to the leave or reduced work schedule. (Longevity payment to an employee on leave shall be paid in accordance with Regulations 5-213-1)

Vacation and Sick Leave Accruals:

  • An employee on a reduced work schedule shall continue to accrue vacation and sick leave at the same rate as prior to the schedule reduction and shall not lose accruals for any month as a consequence of a schedule reduction.
  • An unclassified employee who takes a leave of absence without pay shall continue to accrue vacation, if applicable, for up to two months subject to any accrual maximums in the collective bargaining agreement. An employee who takes a leave of absence for more than two months will cease accruing vacation time after the first two months. In order to be eligible for payment of these accruals, an employee must be reinstated from the leave for at least two months.

Holidays:

An employee on a schedule reduction shall be granted time off with pay for any legal holiday which falls on a day when he would otherwise have been scheduled to work. If an employee is required to work on a holiday, he/she shall be granted a day off in lieu thereof.  If a holiday falls on a day when an employee would not have been scheduled to work as a result of a schedule reduction, he/she shall receive pro-rata holiday credit at the percent of his/her scheduled weekly hours.

Examples:  If 4th of July falls on a Friday:

  1. Employee reduces schedule to a 4-day workweek, with Monday’s off and recieves full pay for holiday on Friday (not to exceed the number of hours in a regular work day
  2. Employee reduces schedule to a 4-day workweek, with Fridays off, receives 80% credit – based on percentage of time worked on the reduced schedule – (recorded as earned time), since he/she was not scheduled to work on Fridays.

*An unclassified employee who takes a leave of absence without pay (Option C) will not receive pay for any legal  holiday falling during the leave.

Workers’ Compensation:

Any benefits to which an employee is entitled under Worker’s Compensation Statutes shall not be affected by a schedule reduction.

Retirement:

As of June 8, 1994, an employee shall receive full credit towards retirement for voluntary leave only when it totals 22 work days, whether it be for sporadic days off, work schedule reduction or blocks of time. Employees shall not be required to contribute any sums for that credit. Each accumulation of 22 days of voluntary leave will equal a calendar month of retirement credit. Note that voluntary leave which totals less than 22 working days will not be credited towards retirement.

Employees may direct their inquiries about retirement credit for voluntary leave taken before June 8, 1994 to a retirement specialist at (860) 486-0413.

Overtime:

Overtime payment during a schedule reduction will continue according to the employee’s collective bargaining agreement or Section 5-245 of the Connecticut General Statutes. Calculations of overtime payment will not include schedule reduction hours as time worked.

Initial or Promotional Probationary Employees:

  1. An employee in an Initial Working Test period is not eligible to participate.
  2. Days off which are taken as a result of this program will not be counted toward the completion of a Promotional Working Test period.

Questions may be addressed to the Leave Administrator, Department of Human Resources at (860) 486-3034.

Smoking Policy

Title: Smoking Policy
Policy Owner: Department of Human Resources; the Office of Faculty & Staff Labor Relations; the Division of Environmental Health and Safety
Applies to: Faculty, Staff, Students, Others
Campus Applicability:  All Campuses except UConn Health
Effective Date: June 7, 2016
For More Information, Contact Department of Human Resources or the Office of Faculty & Staff Labor Relations
Contact Information: (860) 486-5684 or 8478
Official Website: http://hr.uconn.edu or http://lr.uconn.edu

Reason for the Policy

The University of Connecticut recognizes that tobacco use is a leading cause of preventable illness, disease and death in the United States and that exposure to second-hand smoke also contributes significantly to preventable illness, disease and death.  This policy is in keeping with the University’s goal to provide a safe and healthy working and learning environment and it ensures compliance with Connecticut General Statute 31-40q(d) and 19a-342.

Policy Statement

Smoking is prohibited:

  1. In all University owned or leased buildings, facilities and vehicles.
  2. Within 25 feet of all campus buildings, including residence halls[1].

Signage communicating this policy must be posted within 10 feet of all building entries.

Definitions

For the purposes of this policy, “smoking” includes all tobacco-derived or containing products, including and not limited to, cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, cigars, pipes and similar products.

Compliance

All University employees, students, visitors, guests and contractors are required to comply with this policy.  Organizers of public events, such as conferences, meetings, public lectures, social events, and cultural events using campus facilities will be mindful of this Policy and encourage compliance.

Individuals in management or supervisory roles are responsible for communicating the policy to their employees and enforcing the policy in their respective area(s).  Those rare instances where an individual refuses to comply with this policy after being warned by the appropriate University officials should be handled in accordance with the status of the individual involved as follows:

  • Students should be referred to the Office of Community Standards for appropriate action. Please contact the Office of Community Standards at 860-486-8402 with questions.
  • Employees should be dealt with by the appropriate supervisor through the application of progressive discipline in accordance with the applicable collective bargaining agreement.  Please contact the Office of Faculty & Staff Labor Relations, 860-486-5684 with questions concerning how to deal with employee violations of this policy.
  • Contractors should be referred to their respective employers, Project Managers and/or Procurement for appropriate action. Contact Procurement Services at 860-486-2619 with questions.

No person who makes a complaint of a violation of this policy or who furnishes information concerning a violation of this policy shall be retaliated against in any manner.

Enforcement

Violations of this policy may result in appropriate disciplinary measures in accordance with University By-Laws, General Rules of Conduct for All University Employees, applicable collective bargaining agreements, and the Student Code.

[1] For all new construction/major renovation buildings that will be registered for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certification, smoking is prohibited in the building AND outside of the building except in designated exterior smoking areas. Those designated areas must be located at least 25 feet away from building openings (entries, windows, air intakes). For more information on the University’s commitment to sustainable design and construction, visit http://policy.uconn.edu/?p=3543.

Pets at Work

Title: Pets at Work
Policy Owner: Human Resources and Office of Faculty & Staff Labor Relations
Applies to: Faculty, Staff
Campus Applicability:  Storrs and Regional Campuses
Effective Date: July 2, 2007
For More Information, Contact Human Resources and the Office of Faculty and Staff Labor Relations
Contact Information: (860) 486-3034 (HR) or (860) 486-5684
Official Website: http://hr.uconn.edu or http://lr.uconn.edu

 

Helping animals, such as guide dogs, are permitted on University grounds and in University buildings as they assist their owner. Pets are not permitted on University property unless under the immediate control of their owner. Owners are responsible for clean up after their pets on University grounds. Pets are not permitted in University buildings.

While we are fully aware of the value of pet ownership, the presence of animals in University buildings may introduce disease into animal colonies that could impact our ongoing research. Additionally, people may be exposed to allergens and other risks in ways that are not compatible with our goal of a safe environment.

Failure to abide by this rule may result in disciplinary action.

Military Leave

Title: Military Leave
Policy Owner: Human Resources
Applies to: Faculty, Staff
Campus Applicability:
Effective Date: January 2, 2004
For More Information, Contact Department of Human Resources
Contact Information: (860) 486-3034
Official Website: http://www.hr.uconn.edu/

In light of recent clarifications of the phrase “required field training” for military leave with pay under the State Statute and collective bargaining agreements, we are reissuing the University’s military leave policy. Required field training normally takes place for 1-3 weeks each year.

Who Qualifies:

Full-time permanent employees (or part-time employees who have worked the equivalent of six or more months) who are members of the U.S. Armed Forces or any of its reserve components and who are ordered to active duty for required field training or for an unscheduled emergency are entitled to military leave from their jobs.

Duration of Leave:

Employees who are ordered to required field training may receive up to three weeks of military leave with pay annually. Consult the Collective Bargaining Agreement for the definition of “annually” for the particular bargaining unit. Where such definition is not explicitly stated in the agreement, the University will use the statutory definition of “annual” as a calendar year. Employees who are ordered to active duty as a result of an unscheduled emergency (natural disaster, civil disorder) are entitled to paid military leave, position held, not to exceed 30 calendar days in a calendar year. In keeping with Section 5-255 of the General Statutes any employee who leaves or had left State service for the purpose of entering the armed forces of the United States shall be reinstated in his/her former position and duties, provided that within ninety days after he/she has received a certificate of satisfactory service from the armed forces, he/she makes of has made application for return to State service (this section does not apply for voluntary re-enlistment).

Procedure for Notification to the University:

Employee who is required to report for annual field training must provide their supervisors with a copy of the appropriate military orders prior to being released for duty. Employees should also submit a University “Military Leave Request” form. Employees who are required to report for active duty as a result of an unscheduled emergency must provide their immediate supervisors with copies of the active duty orders upon returning to work. The signature of the immediate supervisor and the dean or director attest to compliance with the policy statement, including the employee’s eligibility, the accuracy of the dates away from work and the attachment of military orders. The approved form and military orders should be forwarded to the Department of Human Resources and copied to the Payroll Department.

The form to apply for military leave can be found at http://web2.uconn.edu/hrnew/docs/military_leave_form.pdf.    Please direct questions to the University’s Leave Administrator at 860-486-3034.