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COVID-19 Temporary Emergency Leave Guidelines for Administrators and Staff

In effect until further notice

Pursuant to New York State Paid Sick Leave for a COVID-19-related Quarantine, Fordham University created Temporary Emergency Leave Guidelines to accommodate employees a) under a mandatory or precautionary order of quarantine or isolation or b) who are temporarily required to quarantine or isolate because they have been exposed to COVID-19.

Note: An April 22, 2021 update from the New York Department of Health states that asymptomatic individuals who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 do not need to quarantine after exposure to COVID-19.

  • Employees will be entitled to up to 14 calendar days (including weekends and holidays, if applicable) of job-protected paid sick leave if they or a minor dependent child are under a mandatory or precautionary order of quarantine or isolation issued by any government entity duly authorized to issue such order due to COVID-19.  Employees who experience either a second or third quarantine or isolation because of a mandatory or precautionary order of quarantine or isolation may be entitled to up to 14 additional calendar days of job protected paid sick leave, only if they test positive for COVID-19 during the quarantine or isolation. Any subsequent periods of quarantine or isolation will be without pay.
  •  Following a period of mandatory isolation, an employee does not need to be tested before returning to work. All employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 during quarantine or isolation will need a clearance note from a licensed medical provider before returning to work. Please submit all medical notes confidentially to the Office of Human Resources Management at [email protected] Following a period of mandatory quarantine, an employee does not need a clearance note but must provide documentation of a negative test result.  Please submit that documentation to [email protected] as well.
  • If an employee is directed by the Office of Human Resources Management, a Public Safety representative, or the University’s occupational health partner to self-quarantine for a period of up to 14 calendar days because of possible exposure to COVID-19, the employee will continue to receive their regular pay.
  • If an employee travels internationally, per CDC guidelines, the employee will be required to self-quarantine upon return. In such circumstances, the University will require the employee to use paid time off. If paid time off is unavailable, the employee will not be compensated for the period of quarantine. Faculty members who must self-isolate or self-quarantine should notify the Office of the Provost and contact the Office of Human Resources Management for further guidance.
  •  During the period of quarantine or isolation, Fordham may require an employee to work their normal workday remotely unless the employee is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 which make it difficult to perform their work duties. All remote work must be authorized, in advance, by the employee’s supervisor.