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Eligible staff may now use accrued sick leave for child care reasons due to COVID-19

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President Janet Napolitano has approved a temporary change in UC’s Absence from Work policy to provide additional relief for parents balancing work and child care responsibilities. Effective July 1, 2020, through Dec. 31, 2020, eligible staff may use their accrued sick leave if they are unable to work or telework because their children are not able to physically attend their school or place of care due to COVID-19 precautions.

The temporary change applies to policy-covered staff employees at locations other than Lawrence Berkeley National Lab or UC Hastings. With the President’s approval in effect, granting the use of accrued sick leave for these purposes will not be considered an exception to the Absence from Work policy

Subject to collective bargaining, a similar expansion of the use of sick leave is available to represented staff employees who have accrued sick leave.

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