UPDATE: COVID-19 for Employees

March 13, 2020  //  FOUND IN: Strategy & Leadership, Updates & Resources


Michigan Medicine continues to take all precautions necessary to keep our community safe as the number of coronavirus cases in Michigan continues to increase. In alignment with guidance from the university campus, please be aware of the following information and guidance.

Work from home

The university is encouraging eligible employees (those who deliver services that do not directly impact patient care) to work from home when possible. Although Michigan Medicine will remain open and fully operational, we want to reduce traffic to our medical campus and remote locations when possible. Please discuss telecommuting options with your supervisor as appropriate. We encourage flexibility and creativity with the telecommuting policy, and offer these guidelines on working remotely.

School closings

Given that many schools in the region have closed, we are making an exception to the current policy that states employees must arrange for child care when working from home. If telecommuting is not possible with children at home, employees can use their regular paid time off, vacation time or the newly established COVID-19 time bank (see below).

Going remote

As the campus develops alternatives to live, in-person teaching and mentoring, we encourage our faculty and learners to also find creative and productive ways to continue the education process. The university has developed several resources for faculty and learners, including a Remote Resource Guide, a document on COVID-19 Research Operations and Keep Teaching information from the Center for Academic Innovation.

Temporary one-time paid time off bank for COVID-19

Effective immediately, full-time employees are eligible for up to 80 hours of paid time off to be used in the case of quarantine, isolation or family care needs due to coronavirus exposure, illness or other related scenario or temporary lack of work. This is a one-time bank of paid time to be used only during the COVID-19 pandemic. Part-time and temporary employees will be eligible for a pro-rated bank of time. More information will be available on the Michigan Medicine HR site when the details are finalized. Bargained-for staff should refer to their collective bargaining agreements for information.

We continue to monitor the situation very closely and are taking all precautions necessary to care for potential COVID-19 patients. Please remain updated on this situation by using the information resources available on Headlines and the university’s COVID-19 Resource page

Thank you all for your continued support and dedication to keeping everyone in our community safe. I appreciate your vigilance throughout this very challenging situation.