Traditionally, the university offers two voluntary options for staff interested in working fewer hours during winter and summer: reducing their hours or taking unpaid leave. As part of our earlier COVID-19 response, we extended the eligible seasonal periods for reduced hours and unpaid leave to include extended dates in fall 2020 — and now we're including extended dates in spring 2021.
The newly extended eligible period to request reduced hours or unpaid leave is April 17, 2020 through August 28, 2021.
The usual winter period would occur between the first Sunday of December through the first Sunday in February. The usual summer period would occur between the first Sunday in May and the third Saturday in August. As part of our continued COVID-19 response, you may request reduced hours or unpaid leave in the months of February through May.
The dates eligible for these flexible work options are temporarily being extended for interested staff who may be navigating additional demands in their personal life during COVID-19 while also experiencing lower demands or volume levels at work.