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Expanded leave during COVID-19 response

As we continue to examine ways to support our employees during our COVID-19 response, some additional leave options are available beginning April 1.

Under new federal laws, two options may be available if you are unable to work or telework:

Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act

This act provides up to 12 weeks of leave if you are unable to work or telework because you are caring for a child under 18 whose school or child care provider has closed due to COVID-19. Under this expansion of Family Medical Leave, the first two weeks of leave are unpaid. However, you can use accrued paid leave balances (vacation or sick leave) or apply for Emergency Paid Sick Leave during this time. After the first two weeks, you would receive two-thirds of your normal salary and could continue to use accrued leaves to make up the remaining one-third of your salary.

You must have worked at UK for at least 30 days to qualify for this leave. Full-time and part-time employees qualify.

Fill out and submit the Family and Medical Leave form

Contact Leave Administration

Campus employees should call (859) 323-4259 or (859) 323-0256 with questions or for more information.

Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act

This act provides up to two weeks of paid leave. You can receive your full rate of pay for two weeks if you are:

  • Under a government quarantine or isolation order
  • Advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine
  • Seeking a medical diagnosis after experiencing symptoms of COVID-19
  • Caring for someone who is under a government quarantine or isolation order, or who is advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine
  • Caring for a child under 18 whose school or child care provider is closed due to COVID-19

There is no length-of-service requirement to qualify for this leave. Full-time and part-time employees qualify.

Fill out and submit the Emergency Paid Sick Leave form

The federal laws allow for exemptions for health care workers and first responders, whose work we all rely on in our current global health pandemic. Accordingly, these leaves are not applicable to UK Police or UK HealthCare employees.

If you have questions about any of these new leave options, please contact our HR Employee Relations team at (859) 257-8758.

Frequently asked questions

These leave options are available effective April 1. The federal laws are scheduled to continue through December 31, 2020, or until the President of the United States declares an end to the public health crisis. 

Under Emergency Paid Sick Leave, your paid time off will be based on your full-time equivalency (FTE). For example, an employee working full-time receives 80 hours for the two weeks. If you have an FTE of 0.5, you will receive 40 hours for the two weeks.  

Yes. You do not have to take your full two weeks of leave at once. 

No. Employees are available to receive this paid leave regardless of how the position is funded. 

The U.S. Department of Labor has provided for exemptions to these leave types for health care workers and first responders, whose continued work is necessary during our public health crisis. Due to this exemption, UK HealthCare continues to work with child care centers and the YMCA to ensure our UK Police and UK HealthCare employees have child care options available to them. Additional information is here: covid-19.ukhc.org/child-care.