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Update: Using accrued sick leave for child care reasons due to COVID-19

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President Michael V. Drake, M.D., has approved an extension through June 30, 2021, to a temporary change to the Absence from Work Policy for policy-covered staff employees, intended to offer relief to parents during the pandemic.

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Effective July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021, policy-covered staff employees may use all of their accrued sick leave if they are unable to work or telework because they are caring for their child while their child is not physically present at their school or place of care (or with their child care provider) due to COVID-19 precautions. 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. This does not apply to Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory or UC Hastings.

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